Scientific contributions

Since inception, the MMSF has awarded almost $22.8 million to cutting-edge, Manitoba-based research and education, ranging from medical and scientific studies to the work of allied health professionals such as social workers and nurses.

By providing local researchers with much-needed funding, the MMSF is a strong ally in our commitment to improve the health and well-being of Manitobans.

MMSF grants have contributed to the incredible work of local researchers who have changed the health care landscape. A few of the researchers MMSF has funded include:

  • Dr. Allan Ronald investigated an outbreak of chancroid in     Winnipeg. This research propelled him onto the world stage and he became one of the world’s most influential AIDS researchers.
  • Dr. Frank Plummer led research that helped to identify key factors involved in HIV transmission, including its ability to be passed on to women and to babies through breast milk.
  • Dr. Meghan Azad studies breastfeeding and breastmilk and its implications on overall health. She is one of the world’s leading authorities on the subject.
  • Dr. Henry Friesen advanced the field of hormone research, including the effectiveness of the hormone prolactin in fertility treatments for women and the benefits of the human growth hormone in hormone-deficient children.
  • Dr. Jason Kindrachuk discovered that Ebola can be sexually transmitted and has studied its effects on the reproductive system. He is an expert on emerging and re-emerging viruses that impact global health and is currently doing research on COVID-19.