Reflecting on 2022

It was an exciting year as we slowly and carefully transitioned back to in-person events and embraced the hybrid world. This included our annual Child Health Research Days conference, allowing participants to attend both online and in person for the first time ever. Many researchers received new funding this year as well, advancing our reach in the areas of children’s diabetes, mental health, chronic kidney disease, and more. Read below for some 2022 highlights, including exciting awards, events and achievements that happened within our community and throughout CHRIM this year!

Research Funding:

Awards & Achievements:

  • Angela Krutish, Project Manager with the Canadian Prairie Metabolic Network, won the 2022 Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors New Leader Award.
  • CHRIM researcher, Dr. Elizabeth Sellers, was recognized for her incredible contributions to children and families affected by type 1 diabetes at the 14th Annual Best Banting Gala. Learn more about her incredible work in our blog.
  • We launched our newest research theme – PRomoting Innovation in Mental Health through eHealth Excellence (PRIME). This theme will be led by CHRIM researchers Drs. Mandy Archibald and Leslie Roos and will focus on the mental health of children and youth.
  • CHRIM researchers, Drs. Melanie Morris and Jean-Eric Ghia were awarded Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medals (Manitoba).

CHRIM Events & Updates:

  • CHRIM staff and investigators, along with the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba (CHFM) staff, participated in the Million Reasons Run, raising over $3200 dollars for our Children’s Hospital!
  • Throughout the year, the Protudjer lab hosted the ACCORD webinar series, educating parents as well as health care providers on vaccine safety .
  • We welcomed 52 students throughout the summer months to work in our labs.
  • Our researchers and staff were part of an inclusive language workshop, led by Ilissa Mistry (CHRIM Research Support Unit). Read more with our blog post.
  • Through the Microscope, CHRIM’s public newsletter launched in 2022 which allows us to now share our research with a broader audience. You can subscribe to the newsletter here or view the first issue.
  • We hosted Dr. Chika Stacy Oriuwa, who gave a powerful talk on using your voice for change.
  • Our community recognized the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, formerly known as Orange Shirt Day, by having a walk to reflect and honour the Residential School survivors and the children who did not return home. We are working towards truth and reconciliation by listening to the stories of Indigenous people, and actively engaging in education, discussion, and EDI initiatives. 
  • For the first time in two years, we hosted the return of CHRIM’s annual Festive Brunch with investigators, students, trainees, staff, and partners all in attendance. This year’s’ Festive Brunch raised nearly $1000 for CHFM!

We’re excited to see what 2023 holds and look forward to another year of fun filled events, ground breaking research and new connections! Be sure to stay tuned to CHRIM’s social media to stay in the loop with events and CHRIM news.