Research Chairs

Driving focus and momentum

Dalhousie Medical School is the proud home of 28 research chairs (researchers who are recognized as top scholars in their field). These research chairs are making a substantial impact on the research environment. They raise the profile of their areas of expertise, attract research funding and talented trainees, and make important discoveries. They transform scientific thinking, clinical practice and health care policy—locally and around the world.

The power of endowed research chairs

Held by leading researchers with international reputations in their fields, endowed chairs are particularly powerful. The endowment funds that support these senior researchers generate perpetual funding, so the chairs have long-term stability to build research programs with far-reaching impacts.

Endowed chairs are funded by private philanthropists, health charities and corporations. Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation, Dalhousie University External Relations, the QEII Foundation and the IWK Foundation play crucial roles in securing and managing the funds that support endowed chairs at Dalhousie Medical School.

Canada Research Chairs

Canada Research Chairs provide up to 10 years of salary support for exceptionally talented researchers. These chairs are powerful endorsements that make their holders more competitive in the quest for grant funding and promising young trainees. Canada Research Chairs are strengthening all of Dalhousie Medical School’s key research areas.

Cancer Chairs

  • David Hoskin, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation-Atlantic Chapter Endowed Chair in Breast Cancer Research
  • Geoff Porter, Gibran & Jamile Ramia QEII Health Sciences Centre Endowed Chair in Surgical Oncology Research
  • David Waisman, Tier I Canada Research Chair in Cancer Research

Cardiovascular Chairs

  • Jafna Cox, Heart & Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Outcomes Research

Neuroscience Chairs

  • Leslie Anne Campbell, Sobey Family Chair in Adolescent Mental Health Outcomes
  • Balwantray Chauhan, Dr. R. Evatt & Rita Mathers Chair in Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences Research
  • Sultan Darvesh, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation-Irene MacDonald Sobey Chair in Curative Approaches to Alzheimer’s Disease
  • James Fawcett, Tier II Canada Research Chair in Molecular Neurobiology of Brain Repair
  • Alon Friedman, William Dennis Chair in Epilepsy Research
  • Stan Kutcher, Sun Life Financial Endowed Chair in Adolescent Mental Health Research
  • Kenneth Rockwood, Kathryn Allen Weldon Endowed Chair in Alzheimer Research
  • Isabel Smith, Joan & Jack Craig Endowed Chair Autism Research
  • Phillip Tibbo, Dr. Paul Janssen Endowed Chair Psychotic Disorders Research
  • Rudolf Uher, Tier II Canada Research Chair in Early Intervention in Psychiatry

Inflammation, Immunity, and Infectious Disease Chairs

Additional research chairs

  • Françoise Baylis, Tier I Canada Research Chair in Bioethics and Philosophy
  • Leah Cahill, R. Howard Webster Research Chair in Medicine
  • Christine Chambers, Tier I Canada Research Chair in Children's Pain
  • Michael Dunbar, QEII Foundation Endowed Chair in Arthroplasty Outcomes
  • Morgan Langille, Tier II Canada Research Chair in Human Genetics
  • Sandra Meier, Tier II Canada Research Chair in Developmental Psychopathology and Youth Mental Health
  • Andrew Roger, Tier I Canada Research Chair in Comparative Genomics and Evolutionary Bioinformatics
  • Vasantha Rupasinghe, Killam Chair in Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals