Scientific contributions

Since inception, the MMSF has awarded over $24 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. Tracie Afifi is a leading authority in the field of adverse childhood experiences. Her research focuses on the areas of child maltreatment and mental health, with a focus on resilience, intervention and prevention.
  • Dr. Heather Armstrong is a founding member of the Manitoba Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Research Centre. She seeks to understand the underlying mechanisms of diet-associated inflammation in inflammatory diseases, including MS, inflammatory bowel diseases and rheumatoid arthritis, which are mediated by gut microbes.
  • 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. 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.
  • Dr. Grant Pierce is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the highest distinction for a scientist in Canada. He is currently serving as World President of the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences (2022-2025).