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Dr. Barbara Vanderhydenshe/herSenior Scientist
Keep reading to learn why physiology is like a puzzle and why sucking eggs is a good thing in Dr. Vanderhyden’s lab. Q: Can you tell us about your childhood and interests as a youth? A: I grew up Southwestern Ontario, first in Stratford and then in a small town called St. Thomas. Small towns… Continue Reading Puzzling physiology and sucking eggs
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Dr. Sarah Brandigampolashe/herPsychiatrist at the offsite On Track program
Q: Can you tell us a little about growing up and your early years? I grew up in Listowel, in the middle of Mennonite farming country. It’s a small town, with two stop lights. Growing up I was interested in a lot of different things, but I wanted to be a neurosurgeon or a star… Continue Reading Changing the narrative around psychosis
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Robin Lairdshe/herRegistered Nurse
Q: Can you tell us a little bit about your childhood and early years? A: I grew up in Belleville and I was a teenager of the ’70s — I was a cheerleader, on student council, and I loved high school. I married my high school boyfriend, and we’re still married. In school, I loved… Continue Reading Dealing in dialysis since 1986: meet nephrology nurse Robin Laird
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Dr. Rebecca Auer2023 Chrétien Researcher of the Year Award winner
Q: What were your early years like?  A: Ottawa has always been my home; I grew up here, went to high school here, and went away for my undergrad in Toronto and medical school in Kingston before coming back to Ottawa for my surgical residency.  I wasn’t fantastically good at school when I was younger.… Continue Reading From Terry Fox to Bruce Springsteen — this cancer researcher was “Born to Run”
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Dr. Shawn Aaronhe/him2023 recipient of the Dr. J. David Grimes Career Achievement Award
In recognition of his practice-changing research, he has been named the 2023 recipient of the Dr. J. David Grimes Career Achievement Award. Read on to learn why Dr. Aaron chooses to work at The Ottawa Hospital, what he’s excited about for the future, and why research isn’t like tennis. Q: Can you tell us a… Continue Reading Peaking early, early detection, and research as a team sport
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Dr. Alvin Tieu2023 recipient of the Worton Researcher in Training Award
Q: Can you tell us a little bit about your early years?  Q: What made you choose to pursue a career in research and science?  A: I can still remember the exact time when I developed a love for science and research. Early on, I wasn’t interested in academics at all, but in Grade 7,… Continue Reading The big bang and tiny particles
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Dr. Colleen Webber2023 Clinical and Applied Health Researcher in Training Award winner
Dr. Colleen Webber didn’t always want to go into healthcare, and especially not into research. But after a placement in her masters, she fell in love with the process of looking for answers to life’s big questions. With two master of science degrees — one in occupational therapy and the other in epidemiology — and… Continue Reading Finding answers and asking the right questions
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Dr. Melissa ForgieVice President of Medical Education at The Ottawa Hospital
From clinician to researcher to administrator — Dr. Melissa Forgie’s career touches just about every area of healthcare as we know it. She’s treated patients, conducted practice-changing research, and now, as Vice President of Medical Education at The Ottawa Hospital, Dr. Forgie is shaping the next generation of healthcare providers. Continue Reading Wrangling research and smashing glass ceilings — meet Dr. Melissa Forgie, medical education icon
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Dr. Paul Beauléhe/himOrthopaedic Surgeon
The former Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at The Ottawa Hospital (2015-2021) has spent his career refining and redefining this art — specializing in the preservation and replacement of hips while maximizing patient outcomes. Continue Reading From Naval Officer to award-winning researcher: meet orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Paul E. Beaulé
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