Supporting health through research and education.


The Manitoba Medical Service Foundation gratefully acknowledges the generosity and support of corporate partners who have helped fund research grants contributing to furthering research in Manitoba by supporting health through research. Listed are current and previous partners to the Foundation.

Manitoba Blue Cross logo

Manitoba Blue Cross began with the movement of group hospitalization and social welfare in the City of Winnipeg. The underlying principles of volunteerism and non-profit status have continued with their unwavering support of the Foundation. Manitoba Blue Cross has been the primary supporter of MMSF – providing both financial and administrative support since its inception. By supporting the MMSF, Manitoba Blue Cross is able to extend its reach beyond the role of a health benefits provider into support of education and health care research.

Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba logo

In 2008 the Manitoba Medical Service Foundation (MMSF) and the Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM) (formerly known as the Manitoba Institute of Child Health) agreed to collaborate to fund health-related research in Manitoba.

YearProject TitleMMSF
2017The Impact of Gestational Diabetes on Maternal Incretin Function$16,000$16,000
Frequency of Clinic Attendance in Patients With Youth-Onset Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Before and After Transition to Adult Care$3,600$3,600
2016Early Life Origins of the Food Allergy Epidemic.$15,000$15,000
2015Human Milk Composition and Early Childhood Overweight.$10,750$10,750
2014Mechanical Modulation of Transforming Growth Factor Beta Responses in Airway Smooth Muscle Cells$10,000$10,000
Investigating the Physiological Function of Uncoupling Protein 2 in Pancreatic Beta Cells and its Contribution to Type 2 Diabetes Development: An In Vivo Approach$12,500$12,500
Neonatal Chronic Lung Disease in Double-Hit Rat Model Induced by Postnatal Hyperoxia and Intermittent Hypoxia: Closer to Clinical Features?$10,000$10,000
2013Molecular Regulation of Insulin Sensitivity During Skeletal Muscle Differentiation.$10,000$10,000
How often are antibiotics prescriptions filled after children are discharged from hospital?$10,000$10,000
2012New approach to gene therapy for the GM2 gangliosidoses.$11,500$11,500
Characteristics of DNA modification in identical twins with different chorion types.$11,500$11,500
The perinatal determinants of congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract.$11,000$11,000
MeCP2 and neuronal differentiation of embryonic stem cells.$10,000$10,000
2011The association between maternal selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI) use in late pregnancy and neonatal respiratory disorders with a focus on persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn.$2,500$12,500
Role of epigenetics in normal and abnormal pulmonary development due to congenital diaphragmatic hernia.$7,500$12,500
2010Phenotypic and genotypic characterization of patients with Ritscher-Schinzel Syndrome$12,500$12,500
Combining clinic data on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) with administrative data on health, education and social services.$12,500$12,500
2009Screening for developmental delay in young children.$10,000$10,00
Travel-related illnesses in pediatric travellers who visit friends and relatives abroad.$11,000$11,000
St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre logo

The MMSF (Manitoba Medical Service Foundation) and the SBRC (St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre) cooperatively sponsor the Richard Hoeschen Memorial Award. This award was established in 2005 to commemorate his creative and innovative spirit. The award, currently valued at up to $4,000 is funded equally by both organizations.

YearAwardee - DepartmentMMSF
SBRC Funding
2017Dr. Yoav Keynan - Internal Medicine,
Medical Microbiology and Community
Health Sciences
2016Dr. Sean Armstrong, Internal Medicine$250.00$250.00
Dr. Paul Komenda - Internal Medicine$250.00$250.00
Dr. Claudio Rigatto - Internal Medicine$250.00$250.00
Dr. Navdeep Tangri - Internal Medicine$250.00$250.00
Dr. Yoav Keynan - Internal Medicine & Medical Microbiology$1,000.00 $1,000.00
2015Dr. David Dawe - Internal Medicine$666.50$666.50
Dr. Yoav Keynan - Internal Medicine & Medical Microbiology$666.50$666.50
Dr. Afshin Raouf - Cell Biology & Immunology$666.50$666.50
2014Dr. Versha Banerji -Oncology /
Hematology, Biochemistry & Medical
2013Dr. Yoav Keynan - Medical Microbiology$1,000.00$1,000.00
2012Dr. Andrew McKay - Surgery and Community Health Sciences$500.00$500.00
Dr. Benedict C. Albensi - Pharmacology & Therapeutics$500.00$500.00
Dr. Paul Komenda - Internal Medicine$500.00$500.00
Dr. Claudio Rigatto - Internal Medicine$500.00$500.00
2011Dr. Robert Chase - Community Health Sciences$1,000.00 $1,000.00
Dr. Idris Elbakri - Radiology$1,000.00 $1,000.00
2010Dr. Mubeen Rafay - Pediatrics$1,000.00 $1,000.00
Dr. Sarvesh Logsetty - Surgery$500.00$500.00
Dr. John Embil - Internal Medicine$500.00$500.00
2009Dr. Ana Hanlon-Dearman -Pharmacology$1,000.00$1,000.00
Dr. Eric Sigurdson - Psychiatry$1,000.00$1,000.00
2008Dr. Andrew McKay - Surgery$2,000.00 $2,000.00
2007Dr. John Embil - Infection Control Unit$1,000.00$1,000.00
Dr. Julia Rempel - John Buhler Research Centre$1,000.00$1,000.00
2006Dr. John Embil - Infection Control Unit$1,000.00$1,000.00
Dr. Ian Gibson - Pathology$1,000.00$1,000.00
2005Dr. John Embil - Medical Microbiology$1,000.00$1,000.00
Dr. Tom Blydt-Hansen - Pediatrics$1,000.00$1,000.00
2004Dr. John Embil - Medical Microbiology$4,000.00$0.00
The Victoria General Hospital Foundation logo

In 2013 the Victoria General Hospital Foundation (VGHF) agreed to cooperatively fund health-related research with the MMSF.

YearProject TitleMMSF
VGHF Funding
2017A Metabolomics Approach to
Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral
Neuropathy in Patients With Advanced
Pancreas Cancer
2013The Impact of a Pre-Operative Exercise
Program on Fitness Outcomes Following
Bariatric Surgery.
The Winnipeg Foundation logo

The Winnipeg Foundation (WF) entered into partnership with the MMSF in 2005. They are one of the primary partners and have provided consistent, significant support to researchers since 2006.

YearProject TitleMMSF
WF Funding
2018Effectiveness of Interventions and Strategies to Reduce Emergency Department Wait Times: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis$15,000$15,000
The Experience of Mindfulness-Based Expressive Arts Among Patients with Cancer$12,500$12,500
2017Individual and Provider Factors Associated with Differential Uptake of the Influenza Vaccine Among Pregnant Women in Manitoba, Canada$15,000$15,000
The Effectiveness of Psychotherapy Classes in Reducing Suicidal Ideation in a Crisis Population$11,500$11,500
2016Mood and Anxiety Disorders and Psychotropic Use in Spousal Caregivers of Dementia: A Population-Based Study$12,500$12,500
The Development of an Interactive Online Vaccination Information Resource for Parents to Reduce Vaccine Hesitancy$12,000$12,000
2015Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation and Resistance Training on Inflammation and Body Composition in Older Adults.$9,500$9,500
The Development of an Interactive Online Vaccination Information Resource for Parents to Reduce Vaccine Hesitancy$10,500$10,500
2014The Relationship Between Concussion and Academic Performance Among Manitoba Students in Grades 9-12$11,000$11,000
Assessment of Oral Health in Youth With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus$15,000$10,000
2013Multilevel Analysis of Risk Factors for Youth Homicide and Severe Intentional Injury in Winnipeg$10,000$10,000
Novel Strategy Improving the Proportion of Inactive Older Adults who Reach the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines to Improve Health and Physical Capacity.$10,000$10,000
2012Return to work barriers to returning to work among cancer survivors: A population-based study of survivors of common cancers$10,000$10,000
Imagining oneself as a physically active person as a means of increasing current physical activity self-view and physical activity behaviour$10,000$10,000
2011Effects of behavioural intervention on brain plasticity in Children with Autism$7,500$12,500
Mental and physical health correlates of physical punishment and the relationship between physical punishment and family violence: Data from a nationally representative sample$7,500$12,500
2010Does geography influence the treatment and outcomes of colorectal cancer in the Province of Manitoba?$12,500$12,500
Hormone use, estrogen receptor expression, and survival of women with non-small cell lung cancer: A Manitoba perspective.$12,500$12,500
2009Decision making in the acquired brain injury triad: Perspectives of persons with acquired brain injury, their families and professionals.$25,000$19,500
2008Differences in vaginal health after hysterectomy with and without retention of the cervix.$22,500$12,500
Benefits of exercise in prostate cancer survivors receiving androgen depletion therapy.$22,500$12,500
2007It's Safe to Ask: Evaluating the Impact of a Provincial Health Literacy and Communication Initiative.$25,000
2006Assessment of Patient Satisfaction, Outcomes and Waiting Times in Women Who Present to the Early Pregnancy Assessment Clinic.$20,250
The Health Sciences Centre Foundation logo

The Health Sciences Centre Foundation participated in joint funding of a research project in 2009.

YearProject TitleMMSF
HSCF Funding
2009Quetiapine, as a novel therapeutics in Alzheimer's disease.$10,000$15,000
2005A randomized double-blinded, placebo-controlled, cross-over trial assessing the effect of tadalafil (Cialis) on the cardiovascular response in men with complete spinal cord injury at or above the sixth thoracic level.$10,000$15,000
The Manitoba Health Research Council logo

In 2009, the MMSF and the MHRC agreed to jointly fund Clinical Research Professorships at the University of Manitoba. These Professorships include the MMSF/MHRC Dr. F. W. Du Val Clinical Research Professorship (previously named the Dr. F. W. Du Val Clinical Research Professorship) and the MMSF/MHRC Clinical Research Professorship in Population Medicine (previously named the Clinical Research Professorship in Population Medicine). In 2011 the MMSF/MHRC Clinical Research Professorship in Population Medicine was renamed the MMSF/MHRC John Henson Clinical Research Professorship in Population Medicine.

See Professorships for more details on these awards and awardees.

Manitoba Medical College Foundation logo

The Manitoba Medical College Foundation cooperatively funded one research grant in 2005 and a second in 2009. Since 2013 the MMCF has been administered by The Winnipeg Foundation.

YearProject TitleMMSF
MMCF Funding
2009Magnetic nanoparticles for enhanced drug delivery to the brain.$25,000
2005Enhancing Clot-Busting Medication in Stroke with Directed Drug Convection Using Magnetic Nano-Particles.$4,872$20,000

The University of Manitoba - Office of the Vice President (Research)

The University of Manitoba - Office of the Vice President logo

The MMSF and the University of Manitoba – Office of the Vice President (Research) jointly funded one health related research grant in 2009.

YearProject TitleMMSF
U OF M Funding
2009Bioavailability studies of selected components of flaxseed in plasma of patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD).$10,000$15,000
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MMSF, 35 Years of Promoting Health Care Research in Manitoba