Internal medicine investigations that improve people’s health

The Department of Medicine is home to grant and industry funded research in all areas of internal medicine. Our members’ research efforts are recognized around the world and attract more than $15 million in funding annually–15% of Dalhousie Medical School's total funding. As a department, we have research strengths in geriatric medicine, neurology, cardiology and infectious diseases.

Discoveries are improving patient care

Researchers are making discoveries and developing medical technologies that improve patient care and people’s health. For instance, Dr. Kenneth Rockwood developed an innovative approach to the study of aging, frailty and dementia that now serves as best practice globally. Dr. Lee Kirby helps design wheelchairs that make it easier for people to get around.

Leaders in their fields

Department members are principal investigators on large multi-site clinical trials and multi-disciplinary pre-clinical studies. They are also research chairs recognized for their research and clinical excellence. And our robust research program enables medical students and residents to learn from faculty who contribute to the world’s knowledge of medicine.

Opportunities for investigators

The Department of Medicine offers funding for new and established investigators through the University Internal Medicine Research Foundation. Our research infrastructure also includes a research office, Advisory Committee and Research Day. The department partners with Dalhousie’s Research Methods Unit to ensure database design and biostatistical support are available to investigators.

Supporting research during residency

For residents, the department offers financial support for research, a research Olympics program wherein teams of residents are assigned to a faculty coach and complete research related tasks, a PGY1 research methods course, a resident research committee and research coordinator to help you make research part of your medical career.

DoM Research Day 2018

On April 19th just over 150 people met at Pier 21 to celebrate the research taking place in the Department of Medicine. DoM Research Day 2018 featured nine podium presentations and 100 posters by department members, undergraduate students, residents, research fellows, graduate students, and research associates.

Professor Timothy Caulfield, CRC Research Chair in Health Law & Policy at the University of Alberta, was an entertaining and informative guest speaker on the topic of “Scienceploitation: How Research Is Twisted to Sell Bunk (and How to Fight Back!)”.

Congratulations to the Research Day 2018 award recipients:

Award Recipient Title
Best Undergraduate Presentation
John Bartolacci, Undergraduate Student Emergency Medical Services for Dialysis Patients: Predictors and Outcomes

Supervisor: Amanda Vinson
Division: Nephrology
Presentation: Podium
Best Core Resident Presentation Alex Legge, PGY3/CIP Constructing and Validating a Frailty Index as a Novel Measure of Health Status in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

Supervisor: John Hanly
Division: Rheumatology
Presentation: Podium
Best Sub-Specialty Resident Presentation Keigan More, PGY4 Nephrology Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour in Hemodialysis: Preliminary Data from a Pilot Study

Supervisor: Karthik Tennankore
Division: Nephrology
Presentation: Poster
Best Research Fellow / Graduate Student Presentation Clarissa Brisseau, Graduate Student Pre-Vaccine Functional and Transcriptome Immune Cell Signatures Associate with Influenza Vaccine Responsiveness in HIV+ Individuals

Supervisor: Lisa Barrett
Division: Infectious Diseases
Presentation: Poster
Best Overall Poster Presentation Claire Slavin-Stewart, Undergraduate Student A Feasibility Study of Home-Based Palliative Care Telemedicine in Rural Nova Scotia

Supervisor: Rob Horton
Division: Palliative Medicine
Presentation: Poster