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Graduate Training in Pediatrics (MSc, PhD)

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The Department of Pediatrics and Child Health was established at the University of Manitoba in 1920. The Department of Pediatrics and Child Health aims to train clinical researchers, scientists, medical practitioners and future policy makers or educators. We focus on family-centred care, excellent education, innovative research, and the fostering of leadership to provide a well-rounded medical education.

Pediatric research has a long and established history in Manitoba. For nearly a century, pediatric researchers have been making international headlines in pediatric research. The Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba is the research division of the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba, and is the largest pediatric research facility in the Canadian prairie provinces. CHRIM is home to over 270 medical researchers, technical staff, students and support staff who are involved in approximately $20 million of research and clinical trial activity. Main research areas at CHRIM include diabetes, respiratory challenges, vaccines for infectious diseases, and oral health among others.

CHRIM Mission Statement

CHRIM’s mission is to advocate for equitable, evidence-based policies and innovations; and, to ensure an environment of equity, diversity and inclusion that recruits, trains and retains the best in basic, clinical and translational research aimed at improving the lives of all pregnant people, children, youth and families in Manitoba.

The Department of Pediatrics and Child Health has rich collaborative relationships with external organizations across Winnipeg which provides a special and unique environment for our students. These organizations include:

  • The University of Manitoba is our host academic institution. The Department of Pediatrics and Child Health is located on the Bannatyne campus in central Winnipeg and humbly acknowledges its geographic position on the original lands of the Cree, Oji-Cree Dene, and Dakota peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.
  • CHRIM is also located on the Bannatyne Campus of the University of Manitoba and houses the administrative office for the program. Our faculty are all involved in research projects and are investigators with CHRIM allowing for a rich collaborative experience.
  • Specialized Services for Children and Youth (SSCY) is located 1.6km west of the Bannatyne campus. Their focus is on integrating and co-locating services for children and youth in Manitoba with disabilities or special needs. This coalition is composed of families, regional health authorities, community agencies and government agencies. Their goal is to provide community-based resources and services for children and youth in Winnipeg. Many researchers with CHRIM also work with SSCY, ensuring a positive and enriching environment.

Funding Opportunities

Aside from scholarship and bursary opportunities through the University of Manitoba, there are several outside organizations you can look to for funding. These organizations include:

  • Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP)
    • The CCHCSP offers a few avenues for funding to promote equal access to those looking to enhance their research skills. More information can be found here about the following awards:
      • Provincial and Local – Scientist Training Award for Researchers (PAL-STAR)
      • National – Scientist Training Award for Researchers (N-STAR)
      • CCHCSP – Salary Training Award for Researchers (C-STAR)
    • Research MB
      • Research Manitoba has various funding opportunities that can be found here.
    • The Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)
      • The Canadian Government’s health research investment agency, the CIHR supports four pillars of health research: biomedical, clinical, health systems services, and population health.
      • They support several funding opportunities for health researchers, more information on how to apply can be found here.
      • Funding opportunities may include, fellowships, operating grants, doctoral research awards, and several other opportunities to be found here.
    • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
      • NSERC has programs for both Master’s and Doctoral students, as well as scholarship opportunities for International students, and Indigenous students.
      • The Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s scholarship is meant to support students with high undergraduate and early graduate performance. It is for $17,500 for 12 months, find more information on how to apply here.
      • More awards and further application information can be found here.
    • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
      • SSHRC supports research, training, and knowledge mobilization in the social sciences and humanities. They have three programs: talent, insight, and connection.
        • The aim of the Talent program is to support students and researchers to develop the next generation of researchers and leaders across public, private, and not-for-profit spheres in academia.
        • The Insight program aims to build knowledge and understanding of the world but supporting research excellence in areas eligible for SSHRC funding.
        • The Connection program’s goal is realizing the potential of social sciences and humanities research for cultural, economic, intellectual and social influence and benefit. It tries to make knowledge available to people who stand to benefit from publicly funded research in these areas.
      • SSHRC has more funding information and a tool to search for opportunities which can be found here.


Dr. Alex Aregbesola
Accepting Students: Yes
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Research Interests:

  • Randomized controlled trials in pediatric emergency care
  • Systematic reviews in pediatric emergency care
  • Translational research in pediatric emergency care

Dr. Meghan Azad
Accepting Students: Yes

Research Interests:

  • Breastfeeding
  • Human milk
  • Allergies
  • Obesity
  • Non-nutritive sweeteners
  • Gut microbiome

Dr. Patricia Birk
Accepting Students: Yes

Research Interests:

  • Pediatric renal transplants

  • Pediatric nephrology

Dr. Allison Dart
Accepting Students: Yes
Email | Website

Research Interests:

  • Determinants of kidney disease
  • Indigenous health
  • Patient engagement and patient-reported outcomes
  • Administrative data

Dr. Lauren Kelly
Accepting Students: Yes
Email | Website

Research Interests:

  • Neonatal abstinence syndrome
  • Cannabinoids
  • Clinical trials

Dr. Terry Klassen
Accepting Students: Yes

Research Interests:

  • Knowledge translation
  • Pediatric clinical trials
  • Emergency care

Dr. Richard LeDuc
Accepting Students: Yes

Research Interests:

  • Providing bioinformatic support to catalyse translational medicine
  • Mass spectrometric proteomics and metabolomics
  • Transcriptomics
  • Particular interest and experience with managing big data projects

    Dr. Jennifer Protudjer
    Accepting Students: Yes
    Email | Website

    Research Interests:

    • The impact of allergic disease on child growth & pubertal development as well as financial and mental health

    Dr. Florencia Ricci
    Accepting Students: Yes
    Email | Website

    Research Interests:

    • Neurodevelopmental outcomes of children undergoing complex cardiac surgery early in life
    • Prevalence of cerebral palsy in Manitoba

    Dr. Brandy Wicklow
    Accepting Students: Yes

    Research Interests:

    • Determinants of Type 2 Diabetes and its complications in childhood
    • Prevention and intervention strategies for childhood-onset Type 2 Diabetes
    • Indigenous health

        Dr. Kristy Wittmeier
        Accepting Students: Yes

        Research Interests:

        • Pediatric rehabilitation

        • Knowledge translation

        • Patient engagement and public involvement

        How to Apply

        The Pediatric Graduate Program (MSc or PhD) only accepts applications to start in the fall term of the academic year. Applications should be submitted online and includes several parts:

        • Application fee of $100 (non-refundable)
        • Unofficial copies of transcripts and degree certificates
        • CV/resume
        • Three letters of recommendation (must be requested from within the online application). These letters must be written in confidence by the signatory and directly to the program assistant.
        • Proof of English language proficiency (if required)

        Please read the Faculty of Graduate Studies online application instructions before applying.

        Application Deadlines:

        Fall Term – Start Date September – June 1

        Winter Term – Start Date January – October 1

        Summer Term – Start Date May – February 1

        Contact Us

        Admission and Application Inquiries
        Faculty of Graduate Studies
        500 University Centre
        University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada
        Office: 204.474.9377
        Fax: 204.474.7553
        Email: [email protected]

        Program Inquiries

        Caity Maskiew
        501B-715 McDermot Ave
        Winnipeg, MB R3E 3P4
        Email: [email protected] 

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