Research Honour Roll – July 2019

In a new monthly feature, we’re highlighting honours and awards from our researchers across Unity Health Toronto.

Congratulations to all those who have received honours this month!

Knowledge Translation Program

Congratulations to the Knowledge Translation Program team at St. Michael’s Hospital for being established as a Technical Support Centre – Research to Enhance the Adaptation and Implementation of Health Systems Guidelines (RAISE) by the World Health Organization (WHO).

RAISE is a new portfolio of work to bridge the knowledge gap on the adaptation and implementation of health systems guidelines, with a view of enhancing policy and systems decision-making in low- and middle-income countries.

Technical Support Centres, such as the Knowledge Translation Program, will strengthen RAISE. The RAISE projects will benefit from ongoing technical and scientific assistance from a Support Centre with a strong skill mix in implementation and health systems research, as well as guideline development, adaptation and implementation as applied to low- and middle-income countries’ settings.


The St. Michael’s program will support six low- and middle-income countries in guideline implementation.


Genomics ADvISER

Congratulations to Dr. Yvonne Bombard and her team who have had their project, the Genomics Adviser, selected as one of the ‘Best Practice in Personalised Medicine’ projects by the International Congress on Personalized Medicine.

The objective of this recognition is to honour, encourage, promote and disseminate outstanding best practice examples in personalized medicine.

Genomics ADvISER is an online decision support tool designed to help patients who have had their exome or genome sequenced and are being offered to learn about any incidental or secondary results.

Dr. Sakina Rizvi, a scientist at the Arthur Sommer Rotenberg Suicide and Depression Studies Unit at St. Michael’s Hospital


Dr. Rizvi’s project, The Biomarkers of Suicidality, was recently chosen as the second recipient of a $190,000 research grant from St. Michael’s Research Innovation Council (RIC), a group of St. Michael’s Foundation donors who pool their funds, evaluate research applications and select high-potential projects to support. The RIC funding will help Dr. Rizvi expand her research from a pilot to a much larger study. Congratulations to Dr. Rizvi.

Dr. Sean Rourke, scientist at the MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions

Congratulations to Dr. Sean Rourke, scientist at the MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions, who has had the CIHR Centre for REACH refunded and was awarded a CIHR Team grant in the biomedical/clinical stream.

“This CIHR funding positions our established network to focus on leading a national collaborative effort to implement and scale up HIV testing options to reach the undiagnosed and to link them to care,” he said. “By doing so, and supporting those who are diagnosed but not yet linked to care and benefitting from HIV medications, we can turn the tide on the HIV epidemic.”


Congratulations Dr. Rourke!



Twelve CIHR Project Grants

Twelve projects led by St. Michael’s Hospital have received funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Project Grants:

Study of Post-Hospital care for Opioid Overdoses that are Non-Fatal (SPOON)

Led by Dr. Ahmed Bayoumi, scientist at the MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute (LKSKI)


EpiGen Marks for Human Sepsis

Led by Dr. Claudia Dos Santos, a scientist at the Critical Illness and Injury Research Centre of the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science (KRCBS) and LKSKI


Membrane dynamics and organelle contact sites during the lifecycle of the phagosome

Led by Dr. Greg Fairn, a scientist at the KRCBS


Exploring the Existence of Gender Inequity with an Intersectionality Lens in Academic Health Care, Health Sciences and Health Policy and Interventions to Optimise Gender Equity

Led by Dr. Andrea Tricco, a scientist at the LKSKI


Psychotropic drug use and safety among children and youth

Led by Dr. Tony Antoniou, a scientist at the LKSKI


Reshaping the epigenetic landscape to improve outcomes after acute kidney injury

Led by Dr. Andrew Advani, a scientist at the KRCBS


The experience of informal care after a fragility fracture and access to health services

Led by Dr. Joanna Sale, a scientist at the LKSKI


Suicide-Related Behaviours of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual individuals in Ontario: Investigating the Socio-Environmental Determinants of Risk and Care using Linked Longitudinal Population-Based Data

Led by Dr. Antony Chum, affiliate scientist at LKSKI


Protein acyltransferase mediated S-palmitoylation and its importance in innate impunity and lipid metabolism

Led by Dr. Greg Fairn, a scientist at the KRCBS


TRICS IV – Restrictive versus Liberal Transfusion in Younger Patients Undergoing Cardiac Surgery

Led by Dr. David Mazer, a scientist at the KRCBS


A population-based study of emergency general surgery conditions in patients with solid organ transplants

Led by Dr. David Gomez, a scientist at the LKSKI


Genomics ADvISER 2.0: Creating and evaluating a digital decision support tool on incidental genomic findings

Led by Dr. Yvonne Bombard, scientist at the LKSKI


Congratulations to all those in Research who received honours, awards and achievements this month. Do you know of someone who’s been honoured recently? Email to submit their name to the Research Honour Roll.