Spring 2021 (Volume 31, Number 1)

Regional News:
Update from Manitoba

By Liam O'Neil, MD, FRCPC

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The big news from Manitoba (MB) is that the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has provided funding for a team immunology project (nominated principal investigator [NPI]: Dr. Hani El-Gabalawy, recently bestowed ACR Master) that will aim to understand and prevent rheumatoid arthritis autoimmunity in First Nations people. Dr. Liam O’Neil was hired in early 2020 as a clinician-scientist and co-investigator on this team grant.

In other news, we eagerly await the opening of a new Internal Medicine subspecialty outpatient clinic which is being developed by a team led by our very own Dr. David Robinson. Adult rheumatology is also now providing outreach clinics to serve Nunavut (Dr. Robinson) and Hodgson, MB (Dr. Konstantin Jilkine). Sadly, we also must announce the departure of Dr. Kerstin Gerhold from pediatric rheumatology, with Dr. Lilly Lim taking over as section head. Dr. Lim is also funded by CIHR to study lived experience and longitudinal employment in lupus patients.

Several bear statues, known as the “Bears on Broadway,” decorate the grounds of Manitoba’s Parliament in Winnipeg.

Liam O'Neil, MD, FRCPC
Assistant Professor of Medicine,
University of Manitoba,
Winnipeg, Manitoba

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