Canada Research Chairs

Canada Research Chairs

The Canada Research Chairs Program was launched by the federal government in 2000 to help Canadian universities attract and retain the world’s best researchers.

The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry has a number of active Canada Research Chairs:

Eric Arts

Canada Research Chair in HIV Pathogenesis and Viral Control

Tier 1- October 1, 2015

Frank Beier

Canada Research Chair in Musculoskeletal Research

Tier 1- October 1, 2013

Research involves: Understanding the molecular mechanisms that drive osteoarthritis, and developing new treatments for the disease.
Research relevance: This research will lead to the development of new tools to diagnose and treat osteoarthritis and improve the quality of life of sufferers.

Jamie Kramer

Canada Research Chair in Neuroepigenetics

Tier 2 - May 1, 2016

Dale W. Laird

Canada Research Chair in Gap Junctional Intercellular Communication and Disease

Tier 1 - July 1, 2004
Research Involves: Studying the cellular and molecular basis of gap junction-linked human diseases as revealed by tissue-relevant models and transgenic mice.
Research Relevance: The research explores the potential therapeutic advantage of regulating gap junctional intercellular communication in human breast cancer, deafness, developmental skeletal disorders, and skin diseases.

Stephen Lomber

Canada Research Chair in Brain Plasticity and Development

Tier 1 - January 1, 2015

Research Involves:Examining how the brain responds when one of the senses is lost or restored.

Research Relevance:This research will increase our understanding of how hearing loss changes brain function, and may lead to better ways of restoring hearing.

Penny MacDonald

Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging

Tier 2 - October 1, 2014

Ravi S. Menon

Canada Research Chair in Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Tier 1 - March 1, 2005


Research Involves: Using imaging technology to decipher brain function.
Research Relevance: The research will lead to the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic tools.

Patrick O'Donoghue

Canada Research Chair in Chemical Biology

Tier 2 - May 1, 2014

Andrew Pruszynski

Canada Research Chair in Sensorimotor Neuroscience

Tier 2 - April 1, 2015

Lisa Saksida

Canada Research Chair in Translational Cognitive Neuroscience

Tier 1- April 1, 2017

Amardeep Thind

Canada Research Chair in Health Services Research

Tier 2 - March 1, 2008

Research Involves: Understanding and improving access to health care.
Research Relevance: Improving our ability to design interventions that shorten wait times by better understanding what determines them, thus improving access to health services.

Charles Weijer

Canada Research Chair in Bioethics

Tier 1 - July 1, 2005


Research Involves: Exploring the ethics of health research.
Research Relevance: The research is promoting excellent research and the protection of Canadians in research by re-examining and redefining the moral foundations of health research.