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Dr. Dan Dutton featured: Taking Stock - Canada's Health Spending by BNN Bloomberg

February 23, 2024

DMNB PI Dr. Daniel Dutton was interviewed this month alongside Dr. Paul Kershaw, Founder of Generation Squeeze by BNN Bloomberg. The pair offered insight on Canada's health spending landscape including the nation's expenditures, trends, challenges, and innovations shaping the industry.

Dr. Dutton highlighted the critical role of social well being programs in the overall healthcare system and the importance of investing in community health as a key factor in preventative care.

Watch the interview below or on the BNN Bloomberg website.  


DMNB in the Media

Monday, February 27, 2023

The research lab of Dr. Thomas Pulinilkunnil has been recognized by several news outlets for its contributions to the study of a specific and complex pathology identified in women. Dr. Pulinilkunnil’s team of 10 lead researchers are exploring the specific combination of biological, genetic, and molecular influence contributing to the presentation of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). HFpEF comprises half of all heart failure cases and has presented heavily in women with concurrent medical conditions of diabetes and obesity.

HFpEF is believed to be an inefficient pumping of the left ventricle over time that often develops unnoticed in patients, contributing to a reputation as a “silent killer”. Dr. Pulinilkunnil and the Dalhousie Cardiac Research Excellence Wave (Dal CREW) have set out to investigate how a syndrome that disproportionately affects women can be so difficult to identify with current diagnostic criteria and even harder to treat.The importance of this invesitgation has not gone unnoticed.

Read more about Dr. Pulinilkunnil, Dal CREW, and HFpEF in the following news stories:


Student Success

Thursday August 3, 2023

Congratulations to Tori Nelson on a successful MSc. defence of her thesis ‘The Role of Yap Signalling in Stressors Associated with Myocardial Infarction.’

Her Supervisor, Dr. Keith Brunt, her family, and lab mates were all able to enjoy watching Tori defend her MSc.

Dr. Keith Brunt is thrilled to have Tori complete this phase of her education and begin a PhD in his laboratory. Dr. Brunt said that Tori has been developing a strong skill set in research, with a passion for sharing her knowledge with others, including summer students and middle school students interested in STEM. Tori has also been leading science communication efforts with other graduate students and has collaborated on several projects. We look forward to having her at the DMNB for a few more years.

Tuesday August 1, 2023

Congratulations to Adithi Pisapati on a successful MSc. defence of her thesis ‘Role of Transcription Factor EB in obesity mediated cardiac dysfunction..’

Her Supervisor, Dr. Thomas Pulinilkunnil, and the research team are incredibly proud of Adithi for a thesis well done examining the role of TFEB in obesity related cardiomyopathy. Many thanks to her examination committee.

Adithi will be pursuing new opportunities and we wish her well in her next endeavours.


Monday July 24, 2023

Congratulations to Vikki Northrup on a successful PhD defence of her thesis ‘Genetic Variants of Erythropoietin and their Biological Significance’


Her Supervisor, Dr. Keith Brunt, along with the support of lab mates, her husband, and the examining committee were extremely pleased to see her present her doctoral work. Vikki has been an excellent student, having received several prestigious awards including the Alexander Graham Bell NSERC doctoral award, the Dr. Linnea Veinotte Memorial Graduate Studentship from the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Training Program.


Dr. Northup will be returning to New Brunswick soon after she completes her fellowship in Clinical Genetics. We are so very proud to have been able to see Vikki gain her PhD and secure a return-to-service contract with Horizon Heatlh Network as a Clinical Geneticist - a position that has been a challenge to recruit and retain in New Brunswick for more than a decade. Dr. Brunt in particular expressed his pride in her accomplishments during such a challenging period in science and medicine and speaks highly of her dedication and commitment to science and service to patients in her community

Monday June 12, 2023

Congratulations to Anu Jose on a successful MSc. defence of her thesis ‘The role of lipid phosphate phosphatase 3 in cardiac energy metabolism.’


Her Supervisor, Dr. Petra Kienesberger, would like to commend Anu on her accomplishments during her MSc studies, the impressive amount of work she has produced using a breadth of biochemical and physiological techniques, and a well-crafted thesis.


Anu is beginning her PhD studies with Dr. Kienesberger continuing as her supervisor. 



Friday June 2, 2023

Congratulations to Samuel Abegunde on a successful PhD defence of his thesis Role of Hippo Pathway-Taz Signaling in the Bone Marrow Environment of Multiple Myeloma.

His Supervisor, Dr. Anthony (Tony) Reiman, extends thanks to all who supported him. 

Samuel is scheduled to graduate in Fall 2023, from the University of New Brunswick's Biological Sciences Graduate Academic Unit.

Thursday April 13, 2023

Congratulations to Maggie Pickard on a successful MSc. defence of her thesis examining
The role of Secretion associated RAS GTPase 1B in muscle insulin signaling and metabolism.

Her Supervisor, Dr. Thomas Pulinilkunnil, is incredibly proud for a thesis well done. Sincere thank you to the examination committee

Maggie was our featured DMNB Research Team Profile in March 2023 - read more about her research here  


2023 Chesley Family Award Winners

Congratulations are in order for two DMNB faculty members!

Dr. Shane Journeay, J.D. Irving Research Chair in Occupational Medicine has been awarded for his project "The Occupational Health of the New Brunswick Nursing Workforce".

Dr. Jean-Francois Legare has also been awarded for his project concerning the "Identification of novel diagnostic biomarkers for at-risk transthyretin amyloidosis (ATTR) patients in New Brunswick". 

Each award was happily presented at the 2023 Taste of Research event, celebrating the efforts of our larger DMNB community. Both recipients have recieved $40,000 provided annually by DMNB, the Chesley Family Endowment and the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation.


More information on the annual award process can be found on our Funding Opportunities page.


2021 DMNB Research News

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Dr. Pamela Jarrett, our Research Council's Clinical Research Group Chair, won first prize against steep competition from across the country at this year's Canadian Geriatrics Society 40th Annual Scientific Meeting for her poster on "Prevalence of Frailty Among Hospitalized Older Adults in New Brunswick, Canada: An Administrative Data Based Study."

Frailty is a strong predictor of adverse health outcomes including falls, hospitalization, and nursing home admission. Characterizing the prevalence of frailty within a population can help guide policy development and predict health service resource needs. Dr. Jarrett's poster describes the prevalence of frailty and characterizes the frail population among hospitalized older adults in New Brunswick, Canada, which has not previously been reported.

Congratulations on this amazing achievement, Dr. Jarrett, and for representing New Brunswick research excellence on a national stage! 

Thursday, April 29, 2021

ANNOUNCEMENT: Appointment of Dr. Shane Journeay, JD Irving Limited Research Chair in Occupational Medicine, based at Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Shane Journeay has been appointed as the JD Irving Limited Research Chair in Occupational Medicine, based at Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick, effective 01 April 2021.

Dr. Journeay is Board Certified in Occupational Medicine and is a graduate of both the Harvard Occupational & Environmental Medicine Residency program and the Harvard School of Public Health (MPH). He is a specialist in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation in Canada (FRCPC) and the United States (DAPMR), having completed his residency training at the University of Toronto. Originally from Nova Scotia, Dr. Journeay received a BSc and MSc from the University of Ottawa, and a PhD at the University of Saskatchewan. He obtained his MD from Dalhousie Medical School.

As Chair, Dr. Journeay will enhance the delivery of Occupational Medicine throughout the continuum of care in the Maritime provinces through clinical care, academic programs, research, and leadership in the field of Occupational Medicine. In this position, Dr. Journeay brings his extensive experience in the field of Occupational Medicine to build on DMNB’s innovative partnerships with Dalhousie University, the University of New Brunswick, the Government of New Brunswick, and Horizon Health Network to include the business and labour communities of the Maritime provinces.

Friday, April 9, 2021

ANNOUNCEMENT: Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick Research Council Leadership Structure Finalized

The Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick Research Council, chaired by Dr. Paul Atkinson (Assistant Dean of Research at DMNB), is pleased to announce its finalized leadership structure.

A forum for discussion, collaboration, and problem solving for Faculty of Medicine researchers across the province, the DMNB Research Council supports medical research in New Brunswick and is divided into four main groups/networks:

  1. Discovery and Laboratory Research Group
  2. Health Services Research Group
  3. Clinical Research Network
  4. Educational Research Network

Chaired by Dr. Thomas Pulinilkunnil (Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), the Discovery and Laboratory Research Group supports our local researchers who study basic medical science, focusing on the intersection between medicine, the basic sciences, and clinical science to investigate and determine the causes of disease.

Chaired by Dr. Daniel Dutton (Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health and Epidemiology), the Health Services Research Group studies how social factors, financing systems, organizational structures and processes, health technologies, and personal behaviours affect access to and delivery of healthcare.

Chaired by Dr. Pamela Jarrett (Associate Professor, Division of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine), the Clinical Research Network embraces a continuum of studies involving interactions with patients, diagnostic clinical materials or data, or populations to produce knowledge valuable for understanding human disease, preventing and treating illness, and promoting health.

Chaired by Dr. Kavish Chandra (Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine), the Educational Research Network aims to support those in the Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine who support learner research projects in New Brunswick (medical students and residents/fellows). There is also a focus on the evaluation of the transfer or acquisition of knowledge, attitudes, or skills in any topic relevant to human health among any type of learner, including health professionals, students in the health professions, and patients.

“I’m quite excited about the people who are leading these pillars for these research groups,” says Dr. Atkinson.

“Thomas Pulinilkunnil’s expertise, enthusiasm, and drive will really help his group. Dan Dutton’s reflective and collaborative approach in addition to his growing connections and real expertise will really help in his pillar. Pam Jarrett is just a wonderfully nice yet brilliant researcher who brings great experience and wisdom to her pillar. And then Kavish Chandra, newly appointed as a researcher here in New Brunswick and recent grad of DMNB, is a rising star. I think he’s going to move the education pillar along very nicely!”

If you are a Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine researcher based in New Brunswick, you are invited to engage with the Research Council through one or more of the pillars listed above.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Two members of the #DalResearchNB team, Drs. Brian R. Johnston and Dr. Crispin Russell (Department of Surgery), participated in a piece of international clinical research as collaborating authors.

Published on 9 March 2021 by the COVIDSurg Collaborative, the publication is entitled "Timing of surgery following SARS-CoV-2 infection: an international prospective cohort study" and can be viewed here:

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Horizon Research Services is offering drop-in virtual office hours twice a week on the following topics:

  1. Methods and Stats Consultations: Wednesdays at 10:00 AM | Starting Wednesday, February 3rd, this session will be available to answer any questions about designing a research study, analysing your data, or presenting your results. Hosts will be one (or more) members of our project management team, all of whom have experience in quantitative or qualitative research methodologies and analyses. No need to RSVP - simply join our virtual office.
  2. Regulatory & Research Conduct Consultations: Fridays at 10:00 AM | Starting on Friday, February 5th, join Stella Park, HRPP Quality Assurance Manager, as she hosts an open discussion and review of topics relating to the conduct of research at Horizon. This is an informal session - join and leave as you like! No need to RSVP, but contact Stella for the meeting link.

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Each year, the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF) celebrate health researchers for their achievements and contributions in health research and innovation through the Researcher of the Month Program.

In 2021, they are celebrating those individuals playing a critical role in building the capacity and expertise for competitive health research. In particular, they are recognizing those who have taken a special interest in helping another person develop into a successful researcher. They celebrate New Brunswick's health research mentors.

This month, they received a number of outstanding nominations and announced DMNB's own Dr. Thomas Pulinilkunnil as the February 2021 Mentor of the Month!

Read the full article here.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

The research team at Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick strongly recommends this series for any Faculty of Medicine researcher or student in New Brunswick who wishes to enhance their research knowledge:

Explore Research Series

January 2021: Trending Towards Significance

Wednesday, January 20 at 12:00 PM (Atlantic)

Presented by: Dr. Andrew Flewelling, Research Project Facilitator, Horizon Research Services

Event Summary: A lot of "significance" is placed on p < 0.05, but what does hypothesis testing actually tell us? Is there really such a thing as "trending" towards significance? Our presentation will share ways to present your results so that your study can be used to make clinical decisions more effectively.

Location: Online event (Zoom) - Register on Eventbrite to receive the link.

About Explore: As part of Horizon Health Network's Human Research Protection Program (HRPP), our Office of Research Services is pleased to present its 2020-2021 "Lunch and Learn" series. Research Services staff, as well as guest lecturers, will present each month on specific topics relating to clinical and applied health research. This series is free to attend, but we ask that you please register.


2020 DMNB Research News

Friday, November 13, 2020

Dr. Paul Atkinson, DMNB's Assistant Dean of Research, was featured on The Fac Dev Lounge, DMNB's faculty development podcast hosted by Dr. Sarah Gander.

Listen to Episode 11: "Why Research Is Sexy" w/ Paul Atkinson [50:34] now on:

Friday, October 2, 2020

Funding Announcement from the NBHRF: The NBHRF Travel Grant is now the NBHRF Knowledge Translation (KT) Grant!

Travel is still included as an eligible activity. For requirements and application details, please visit their website: 

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Launching the 2021 MSSU Studentship/Fellowship Awards in New Brunswick!

The New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF) is pleased to launch the 2021 MSSU Studentship/Fellowship Awards in New Brunswick. These awards are designed for individuals at all graduate degree levels wishing to pursue patient-oriented health research training. Application deadline is January 6, 2021.

Learn about the requirements here.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Dr. Thomas Pulinilkunnil was recently interviewed by Diabetes Canada. Read the full transcript here: "Getting to the heart of the matter: A Q&A with one of our researchers".

Dr. Pulinilkunnil was also featured in the 2019-2020 DMRF Impact Report. You can watch his video HERE.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Dr. Paul Atkinson succeeded Dr. Anthony Reiman as the next Assistant Dean, DMNB Research, thus assuming responsibility for the oversight of the human, physical, and financial infrastructure of the DMNB biomedical research facility and of the clinical research activities of the Faculty of Medicine at the DMNB campus. Dr. Atkinson will also represent DMNB at the university level to both internal and external organizations as required.

Dr. Reiman inaugurated the position of Assistant Dean, DMNB Research and has helped to build the now thriving research enterprise at DMNB over the past 11 years.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

We are hiring!

If you're passionate about studying the Biology of Nutrient Metabolism in Health and Disease, the laboratories of Dr. Thomas Pulinilkunnil and Dr. Petra Kienesberger are inviting applications for two full-time graduate student/postdoctoral positions starting in May or September 2020.

Learn more about the positions and apply here.