Members and trainees at the McCaig Institute are able to proceed with research through the support of granting agencies and donors. Our members collaborate and build partnerships in order to produce high quality research that is then published and translated into applicable knowledge.  Here are some of our most recent achievements.


August 2014

MD/PhD student Kristen Barton was awarded a Vanier Fellowship for her research project in controlling inflammation to prevent the development of osteoarthritis following reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament and drill hole surgery


August 2014

Rheumatologist Claire Barber received the Vanier Fellowship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research where she ranked third out of 53 in the doctoral award competition. She was also awarded a second fellowship by the CIHR but by rule can only hold one federal award at a time.


June 2014

The CIHR Young Investigator Salary Award goes to Cheryl Barnabe for her study in "Arthritis Care for Indigenous Populations". 

Arthritis is the most common chronic disease in Canada's Indigenous community, and has negative effects on physical and mental health. Having arthritis impacts the ability to do basic activities, work, and participate in the community. Indigenous patients with arthritis experience treatment gaps compared to the general population, which contribute to worse disease outcomes. This research program will define the treatment and outcome gaps that currently exist, and propose new ways of delivering healthcare that better serves the Indigenous community.


June 2014

Sarah Lacny publishes "Reality check: the cost-effectiveness of removing body checking from youth ice hockey" on the British Journal of Sport Medicine. In this research paper a policy disallowing body checking in Pee Wee hockey is examined. Read more...


May 2014

Rheumatologist Glen Hazlewood was awarded the Claire Bombardier award for the most promising PhD student.  The award is designated to one PhD student in the Institute of Health, Policy, Management and Evaluation Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research at the University of Toronto who is deemed to be the most promising future scientist in the program.  


March 2014

Tannin Schmidt, PhD was awarded a Canada Research Chair in biomaterials by the Government of Canada.  His research contributes to understanding lubrication around the knee joint and eye and the creation of new biomaterials to address lubrication issues.  


March 2014

Awards at the Canadian Rheumatology Association Annual Meeting

Cheryl Barnabe, MD was awarded at the Canadian Rheumatology Association/Arthritis Research Foundation Epidemiology/Health Services Research Award for her presentation on Investigating Access to Arthritis Health Services for Aboriginal People: A Framework for System Reform. Cheryl was also recognized with the 2014 Canadian Rheumatology Association Young Investigator award for her contributions in epidemiology and health services research in rheumatic diseases.

Glen Hazlewood, MD and PhD Candidate, was awarded the "Best Abstract for Clinical or Epidemiology Research by a Trainee" for his talk "Subcutaneous Delivery Of Methotrexate Is Associated With Improved Treatment Survival Compared To Oral Administration For The Initial Treatment Of Patients With Early Rheumatoid Arthritis".  


February 2014

Deborah Marshall, PhD and Linda Woodhouse, PhD were awarded $750,000 by AIHS' Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Health System (PRIHS) for their three year study in “Optimizing central intake to improve arthritis care for Albertans”.


February 2014

Linda Woodhouse, PhD and her team of researchers were awarded a $750,000 Alberta Innovates- Health Solutions award through Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Health Systems (PRIHS). The study "SpineAccess Alberta" will establish a team triage approach to patients with back pain. Those who need to see a specialist will be identified quickly and be referred to a specialist. To read more click here...



January 2014

Heather Jamniczky, PhD, Benedikt Hallgrimsson, PhD and Campbell Rolian, PhD were awarded a Canada Foundation for Innovation grant for $236,307 for their study in “Multi-modal, high-throughput 3D biomedical imaging laboratory”.