Supporting health through research and education.


Two New Awards for Grant Recipients

Shaun Lamoureux Best MMSF Operating Grant Award

History of the Award:

In February 2021, as a result of a portion of the income from a generous donation of $100,000 by Manitoba Blue Cross, the Foundation recommended the creation of the MMSF Shaun Lamoureux Legacy Award for the best operating grant in the MMSF Annual Operating Grant Competition. Shaun Lamoureux was Chief Financial and Technology Officer and Vice President at Manitoba Blue Cross for many years and in 2018 he was appointed President and CEO. Shaun will be remembered for his strong leadership and his dedication to Manitoba Blue Cross and the MMSF. Over his 18 years with Manitoba Blue Cross, Shaun’s business acumen, strategic vision and commitment to excellence played a significant role in the growth and development of the Foundation. Shaun was an avid supporter of the Foundation and is remembered for the many years of valued financial and business advice he provided.

This award will be presented annually to a Principal Investigator who received the highest overall score in the competition. It may be shared in the event of a tie. Selection is based on the quality of the MMSF written operating grant application, oral presentation, response to questions, the external reviewer’s comments and the resulting overall adjudication score of the subcommittee panel. The award is valued in the amount of $1,000 as a supplement to the adjudicated amount of the grant. Dr. Heather Armstrong was the winning participant of this award in 2022 for her research project titled: Defining the role of the intestinal microbiome in the regulation of dietary fibre-associated inflammation in Inflammatory Bowel Disease patients.

MMSF Kerry Bittner Communications Award

History of the Award:

In February 2021, as a result of a portion of the income from a generous donation of $100,000 by Manitoba Blue Cross, the Foundation recommended the creation of the MMSF Kerry Bittner Communications Award for the best communication in the MMSF Operating Grant Competition. Kerry Bittner served on the MMSF Board of Directors for 33 years. Kerry also had a successful career with Manitoba Blue Cross from 1976 to 2003 and served as President and CEO from 1983 until 2019. He was an exceptionally kind and friendly man – a true leader who had the ability to connect at a personal level, making everyone comfortable and bringing people together. He will be fondly remembered for being a true ambassador and supporter of the Foundation.

The Kerry Bittner Communication Award is to recognize a Principal Investigator who provides the best communication of an operating grant, based on the quality of the oral/visual presentation to the adjudication sub-committee. This award will be presented annually to a Principal Investigator who received the highest overall score in the competition. It may be shared in the event of a tie. The award is valued in the amount of $1,000 as a supplement to the adjudicated amount of the grant. The award was split between two winning candidates for 2022, each receiving $500— Dr. Zulma Vanessa Rueda for her research project titled: Syndemics of Concern: Sex and Gender, Crystal Meth, HIV and STBBIs in Manitoba; and Dr. Tomislav Jelic for his research project titled: Accelerated Remote Consultation Tele-POCUS in Cardiopulmonary Assessment (ARCTICA).


The Manitoba Medical Service Foundation (MMSF) provides funding to new Manitoba researchers and students, for the advancement of scientific knowledge, and other endeavors, in order to improve the health and well-being of all Manitobans.

The MMSF strives to be an important source of support for health-related research and education, in collaboration with other Manitoba organizations. We are inspired by the accomplishments of those who have received funding through the MMSF and their partners, and we look forward to continuing our mission of supporting health-related research and education in Manitoba.

In June 2017, research by a team from the MMSF, the University of Manitoba and the St. Boniface Hospital Albrechtsen Research Centre was published in the journal Health Research Policy and Systems – BioMed Central, titled ‘An output evaluation of a health research foundation’s enhanced grant review process for new investigators’. Click here to view the research paper that assessed the MMSF Operating Grants competition.

Primary Sponsor

  • mbc

Funding Partners

  • twf
  • chrim
  • uofm
  • stbhr