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Re s e a r c h Excellence

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Re s e a r c h Excellence The University of Prince Edward Island is home to 14 funded research chairs, including our Canada Excellence Research Chair in Aquatic Epidemiology. To learn what inspires each in the pursuit of research excellence, read on.


Dr. Mark Fast


Dr. Mark Fast

Novartis Research Chair in Fish Health Research focus • • • • •

fish immunology parasitology host-pathogen interactions fish physiology molecular biology

s lie in the “My interest of adaptations evolutionar y , en g o and path both a host ct ra te meet, in where these each other. te and modula like eme, but un It’s an old th it c, si ntr y mu disco or cou d surprise us an to continues teach us.”

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Dr. Crawford Revie


Dr. Crawford Revie

Canada Research Chair in Population Health: Epi-informatics Research focus • • • • •

the application of informatics techniques to epidemiology population dynamics and modelling of sea lice on salmon farms decision-support tools for disease management data and text mining knowledge management and ontology development in medical domains

cted ata are colle “Too often d ey th as to how with no plan earer cl a to obtain will be used ake m g of, or to understandin about, some ons better decisi goal lem. It is my disease prob tential, hidden e po to unlock th h sets, throug in large data riate p ro on of app the applicati tools.” informatics

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Dr. Godfrey Baldacchino


Dr. Godfrey Baldacchino

Canada Research Chair in Island Studies Research focus •

the representation of the world as archipelago: acknowledging and fine-tuning the island-island comparativity and inter-disciplinarity that remains in its infancy

s ‘a the planet a “Looking at er ful w nds’ is a po world of isla c d analy ti conceptual an anging ide-r tool - with w m migration insights: fro ce, to tourism and governan es of leng and the chal rship.” entrepreneu

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Dr. Daniel Hurnik


Dr. Daniel Hurnik

Industry Chair in Swine Research Research focus

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swine health management swine epidemiology

ion, ersonal opin “This is my p : ver y strongly and I feel it sponsibility we have a re s to create as researcher I think that knowledge. p ould first hel knowledge sh f o d industry the people an this region.”

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Dr. Kate Tilleczek


Dr. Kate Tilleczek

Canada Research Chair in Youth Cultures and Transitions Research focus

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youth studies (sociology of youth, youth cultures) childhood studies (sociology of children, childhood cultures) sociology of education (critiques of public education) marginalization and engagement of youth intersections of poverty, social class, mental health, culture, identities, and education

rsections d in the inte e st re te in hools, “I’m s, families, sc ie it n u m m co of care , and health mass media or rt o p they sup settings as modern f o g ell-bein w e th te a g e n young . I study how le p o e p g n u yo athway tiate their p o g e n le p o e p which , the ways in d o o h lt u d a to ginalize eties can mar ci so n er d o m and how such their young, anized in e socially org processes ar s.” sted system culturally ne

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Dr. William Montelpare


Dr. William Montelpare

Margaret and Wallace McCain Chair in Human Development and Health Research focus • • • •

biostatistics epidemiology exercise science maternal/neonatal and child health

ude s ch focus incl ar se re r o aj “A m h the otion throug health prom education ce n th scie al e h f o y er ssroom, deliv ry school cla ta en em el e in th t of e developmen ata as well as th rd fo s n plicatio web-based ap alysis, and an ading to capture, data of findings le n o ti a in m se dis roaches for ment of app p o el ev d e th l as for llance, as wel iver y ei rv su th al he ne del ment of onli the develop .” of curriculum

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Dr. Russell Kerr


Dr. Russell Kerr

Canada Research Chair in Marine Natural Products Jeanne and J.-Louis Lévesque Research Chair in Nutrisciences and Health Research focus • • • • •

natural products isolation and characterization bioassay-guided purification of natural products/drug discovery isolation of natural product producing bacteria and fungi description of microbial communities in marine invertebrates development of fermentation methods to optimize natural product production

ied marine “Canada’s var ts provide an environmen rug source for d untapped re ters of w e marine a discover y. Th with er ada, togeth Atlantic Can line, st a s Arctic co our enormou ity n u rt h an oppo afford us wit ry ique libra to build a un e that have th of microbes ne x t e provide th potential to f drugs.” generation o

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Dr. William Whelan


Dr. William Whelan

Canada Research Chair in Biomedical Optics Research focus • • • •

optoacoustic imaging laser therapeutics near-infrared spectroscopy tissue optical properties

cancers future where a n io is v en “I y (e.g. osed opticall n g ia d e b n ca biopsy), then optoacoustic g targeted treated usin ly te ia d e m im ser thermal eutics (e.g. la ap er th r se la erapy). todynamic th o h p y, ap er th placing n involves re io is v a ch u S es, dical practic standard me nizing io to patients se o xp e t a th nologies ith new tech w , n o ti ia d ra .“ t and sound that use ligh

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Dr. Greg Keefe


Dr. Greg Keefe

Innovation PEI Industry Research Chair in Milkbased Diagnostics and Information Technology Applications Research focus

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milk quality and mastitis dairy production medicine infectious disease epidemiology Johne’s Disease

y n’t treat ever “Doctors do e th in at walks infection th ey Th c. ti antibio door with an e n u dy ’s imm know the bo ke signed to ta e system is d at’s Th . y of them care of man re e’ w isdom the type of w g to the dairy n ri tr ying to b industry.”

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Dr. Sophie St-Hilaire


Dr. Sophie St-Hilaire

Canada Research Chair in Integrated Health Research for Sustainable Aquaculture Research focus • • • •

epidemiology of aquatic animal diseases disease control and surveillance health management strategies to improve the sustainability of aquaculture public health

on is my “My inspirati ve rive to impro children. I st ility of the sustainab so they can aquaculture s c ecosystem enjoy aquati .” e ars to com for many ye

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Dr. Michael van den Heuvel


Dr. Michael van den Heuvel

Canada Research Chair in Watershed Ecological Integrity Research focus • • •

environmental toxicology including endocrine responses of fishes to pollutants fish immunotoxicology fish population health

e health of “Studying th d near-shore freshwater an ents is onm marine envir e research is Th s. our focu out uestions ab answering q monitor and how to best ns ctive solutio develop effe s m ental proble to environm sure a in order to en re.” futu sustainable

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Dr. Larry Hammell


Dr. Larry Hammell

Innovation PEI Industry Research Chair in epidemiology for Global Aquatic Food Animal production Research focus • • • • •

health and productivity management at fish farms/hatcheries clinical epidemiology, clinical trials disease surveillance and production monitoring diagnostic test evaluations risk factor studies

ole deal with wh it “I’m tr ying to ll I prefer to ca populations. m I’ . sed research evidence-ba ake idence to m providing ev hether decisions, w better policy or , rm, industry it’s at the fa ople e vel. Often p regulatory le d on se ecisions ba are making d should work, ink what they th en to work.” prov not what is

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Dr. Ian Gardner


Dr. Ian Gardner

Canada Excellence Research Chair in Aquatic Epidemiology Research focus • • •

diagnostic test evaluation risk factor analysis surveillance of infectious diseases

growing “The world’s s rgently need population u le ab n sustai healthy and d. h-quality foo ig h f sources o e deals with th My research s, n o ti la u pop health of fish ut what o ab so al but it is te at la p r u o goes on dinner time.”

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Dr. javier sanchez


Dr. Javier Sanchez

CFIA Chair in Regulatory Veterinary Epidemiology Research focus • • • •

epidemiology meta-analysis risk assessment disease outbreak simulation

elop oal is to dev “The main g e area of capacity in th ease eillance, dis regional surv gy d epidemiolo modelling, an tise to xper to provide e le For me, my ro t. en m govern ri f sk e capacity o is to build th tic e at the Atlan analysis her ollege.” Veterinar y C

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