Research Honour Roll – August 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!

Dr. Janet Smylie, director of the Well Living House

Congratulations to Dr. Janet Smylie, director of the Well Living House, a specialized Indigenous health research unit housed in MAP.  Dr. Smylie was one of 28 researchers to receive support in the most recent round of CIHR Foundation Grant competition.


This makes her the first senior researcher to receive a CIHR Foundation Grant focused on Indigenous health research.


Working in partnership with First Nations, Inuit, Métis and urban Indigenous communities, knowledge keepers, health services, and policymakers across Canada, Dr. Smylie and the Well Living House team will continue their groundbreaking Our Health Counts work. This project aims to overcome gaps in urban Indigenous health assessment and response, and to ensure that the strengths, challenges, and inherent rights of Indigenous peoples are “counted in” to health services planning and implementation.


Dr. Stephen Hwang, director of the MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions

Dr. Stephen Hwang, the director of MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions, was also successful in the Foundation Grant competition.


Dr. Hwang, whose research focuses on improving the health of homeless or vulnerably housed people, received a seven-year year Foundation Grant to continue his interventions research in homelessness, housing and health.


CIHR Foundation Grants provide long-term support for leading health researchers in the pursuit of innovative, high-impact research programs. This year’s competition was the final round of the Foundation Grants program.


Dr. Fahad Razak, a scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute (LKSKI)

Dr. Fahad Razak is a recipient of the 2019 Canadian Society of Internal Medicine New Investigator Award. An annual New Investigator Award is offered by the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine in recognition of excellence in the field of internal medicine research by a young investigator.


Congratulations to Dr. Razak.


Dr. Fahad Razak and Dr. Amol Verma, scientists at the LKSKI


Congratulations to Dr. Razak and Dr. Amol Verma, who are co-leads on a project that has received an Innovation Grant from the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS).


The goal of this CCS grant program is to support innovative, creative problem solving in cancer research. Of the 176 eligible grant applications received, 32 CCS Innovation Grants have been approved – an

18% success rate. Funds committed to this competition have been made possible by the significant

efforts of CCS donors and volunteers across the country.


Keenan Research Summer Students Poster Competition winners


Congratulations to the students who won the 9th Keenan Research Summer Students Poster Competition:


  • Megan Yuen and Amanda Mac for Basic Science
  • Mohammad Aziz Uddin for Basic Science (tie)
  • Amber Jolly for Clinical Science
  • Jessica Rodrigues for Health Science

Dr. Andrea Simpson, a scientist at LKSKI

Congratulations to Dr. Andrea Simpson, who has been awarded the PSI Foundation’s New Investigator Grant for her research in pregnancy and parental leave for Ontario’s female physicians.


Dr. Simpson received this grant for her research titled “The Dr. Mom Cohort: A Population-Based Study of Pregnancy Outcomes and Parental Leave Practices of Ontario’s Women Physicians.”


Dr. Karim Ladha, a scientist at LKSKI


Dr. Karim Ladha has been awarded the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society Research Award from the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society, for his project: Passing it Along: Quantifying the Diversion of Prescription Opioids Using Large Administrative Databases.


He was also awarded an IMPACT award from the International Anesthesia Research Society.


Congratulations Dr. Ladha.


Dr. David Mazer, a scientist at the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science (KRCBS)


Congratulations to Dr. David Mazer, who received an IMPACT award from the International Anesthesia Research Society.


This award was established by leaders of academic anesthesiology organizations that recognized there was a need to conduct large pragmatic trials in order to answer important questions in anesthesiology-related research.


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.