2019 Annual General Meeting

We are thrilled to celebrate another incredible year of important milestones and accomplishments with our partners, research teams, and support staff at the Annual General Meeting!

While this year’s event may look a little different than past AGMs – due to physical distancing – we know it’s more important than ever to connect and reflect on the growth that took place in 2019.

We are excited to release our 2019 Annual Report, where you will find special moments and scientific breakthroughs from the last year, as well as a statistical year in review.

Some 2019 highlights include:

Elevating the Brand

In 2019, we introduced a refreshed logo and brand identity, which was created to closely align with the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba. The new brand and logo provide a unique and diverse visual ecosystem that allows the brand to evolve and continue to generate interest, excitement, research, and funding.

It was a great year for our researchers with 45 publications, projects and achievements hitting the news locally, nationally and even globally in some cases. Additionally, many mainstream medical and health topics featured CHRIM researchers as experts in their field, leading to 12 media appearances!

Lastly, we hit an important milestone as we hosted the 15th Annual Child Health Research Days. To celebrate this achievement, we created a video highlighting CHRIM researchers’ scientific breakthroughs that have had national and international impacts on child health, as a testament
to the brilliant minds that conduct research within our Institute.

Helping Kids

We were fortunate to welcome 19 researchers to the Institute as new CHRIM members in 2019!

These new members’ research areas include emergency medicine, knowledge translation, drug safety, endocrinology, asthma and allergy and rehabilitation, and more – addressing the needs of children living in Manitoba and globally.

Supporting Research

This past year, we expanded the services available to our research community, with the addition of the Bioinformatics Core Laboratory, led by Dr. Tobias Karakach! This new laboratory will provide state-of-the-art, secure, regulatory-compliant, and customized solutions to address research needs at CHRIM and all stakeholders in the health sciences research cluster.

With its growth in services and projects needing support, we renamed our Clinical Research Unit to become the Research Support Unit (RSU). This name change better identifies with all researchers at CHRIM. To help explain how researchers can access this excellent resource and encourage families to participate in research, we created a microsite for the RSU.

Increasing Funding

Increasing CHRIM’s funding further helps researchers advance in their discoveries and overall impact on children’s health in Manitoba and across the world.                              

In 2019, the Institute managed approximately $19,357,328 active research dollars. These managed funding assets are comprised of partner funding, salaries, infrastructure funding, and grants from investigators.

With the support of the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba, we directly funded 11 research projects through the 2019 Operating Grant competition, totalling $659,185! On top of that, we also supported four small grant awards and 15 travel grants.

We know that it is critical to invest in the future of child health research by supporting trainee growth and education. Summer studentships are a key part of this mandate, and we were proud to have 10 students join our Institute in 2019.

Community Moments

We are fortunate to work with dedicated research groups and individuals who make our community a vibrant and collaborative space where child health research thrives. Thank you to our board members, committee members, funders, partners, researchers, trainees, and staff who have all contributed to past successes and a healthier future for all children – locally, nationally and globally.

Here are some community moments from 2019: