Collage of Sinai Health’s newest Canada Research Chairs

Dr. Sabine Cordes, Dr. Ken Croitoru, Dr. Shiphra Ginsburg, and Dr. Isabella Caniggia were honoured with Canada Research Chairs on June 14. The Canada Research Chair program was created 20 years ago to recognize and support world-class scientists and scholars from diverse backgrounds who are driving forward new discoveries and their uses in all areas of research including health.

“These latest Tier-1 Canada Research Chairs reflect fantastic strengths at Sinai Health System in neuroscience, Crohns and colitis, physician education, and complications of pregnancy,” said Dr. Jim Woodgett, Koffler Director of the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute. “I’m so proud of Sabine, Ken, Shiphra, and Isabella and offer my sincere congratulations. These awards recognize their status among peers and help us to attract top scientific talent from around the world, reinforcing our leadership in these critical fields of research.”

Dr. Cordes is a Senior Investigator and holds the Chair in Molecular Mechanisms of Mood and Mind and is a leader in genetic analysis of regulators of neuronal functions. Dr. Croitoru, a Clinician-Scientist, holds the Chair in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases and is leading an international study defining new predictive indicators of Crohn’s and colitis (the GEM study). Dr. Ginsburg, who is also a Clinician-Scientist, holds the Chair in Medical Education Research and conducts leading edge research into physician learning effectiveness using qualitative and mixed methods techniques. Dr. Caniggia holds the Chair in Placental Biology in Pregnancy and Disease, and is working to identifying biomarkers that predict whether pregnant women are in danger of developing early- or late-onset preeclampsia before there is any clinical manifestation.