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Research Advisory Committee (RAC)

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Research Ethics Board Committee (REB)

Working Group Committee

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IWK Responsible Conduct of Research Policy

The Responsible Conduct of Research policy establishes expectations for the responsible conduct of research at the IWK and outlines processes for handling allegations of research misconduct.



Click on any of the below head shots to read our teams profile.

research_services_headshots2020_jean_shoveller Dr. Jean Shoveller
Vice President Research and Innovation
 female placesetter headshot Lisa Boutilier
Executive Assistant, VP Research and Innovation
(902) 470-6958

Kathleen Leadon
Director, Research Operations
(902) 470-8037

Pre Award

yasmin ali headshot Yasmin Ali
Manager, Research Administration
(902) 470-6548
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Sandy Berry
Coordinator, Grants & Support Services
(902) 470-7548

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Jennifer McCarthy
Contracts Administrator
(902) 470-7901

Post Award

 mike barr headshot Mike Barr
Business Administrator
(902) 470-8765
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Yvonne Cake
Finance Officer
(902) 470-2713

Research Ethics

 joanne street headshot Joanne Street
Coordinator, Research Ethics Board
(902) 470-7879
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Kimberley Farmer
Administrative Assistant, 
Research Ethics Board
(902) 470-8037

Dev. & Infrastructure

 kelly brophy headshot Kelly Brophy
Facilities Coordinator
(902) 470-8705


 jill hatchette headshot Jill Hatchette
Consulting Scientist, Lead for Education and Ethics
(902) 470-8717

In Vivo Lab

 female placesetter headshot Vivian Bezanson
In Vivo Lab Technician
(902) 470-8940




Research Services offers two annual awards which are presented during S.T.A.R.S. (Special Time to Appreciate and Recognize Staff) week.

The Robert Bortolussi Mentorship Award was established to recognize and reward the dedication, endurance and commitment to mentoring. Nominees must demonstrate extraordinary commitment to the Mission, Vision and Core Values of the Health Centre through personal activity, collaboration and/or support of others.

The IWK Research Award was created to recognize an individual, research group, team or organization who distinguishes him/herself among his/her colleagues by demonstrating innovation, creativity and outstanding achievement in research activities conducted and/or supported at the IWK. Nominees must demonstrate extraordinary commitment to the Mission, Vision and Core Values of the Health Centre through personal activity, collaboration and/or support of others.

We are currently accepting nominations for these two Research awards which will be presented at the STARS Award and Recognition Ceremony on Wednesday May 3, 2017.

All nominations must be received by March 31, 2018. Nominators are to email their form to If desired, a paper copy with typed comments can be left at/mailed to the Research Services office, c/o STARS Awards.

Please contact Sandy Berry at 902-470-7548 or if you have any further questions.


Past Winners

The Robert Bortolussi Mentorship Award
2011              Diann Nicholson
2012              Stan Kutcher
2013              Scott Halperin
2015              Dolores McKeen

IWK Award
1994              Judith Ritchie
1995              Harold Cook
1996              James Wright
1997              Scott Halperin
1998              Patrick McGrath
1999              Diann Nicholson
2000              Thomas and Andrew Issekutz
2001              Alexander Allen
2003              KS Joseph
2004              Carol and Peter Camfield
2005              IWK Auxiallary
2006              Linda Dodds
2008              Ryan D'Arcy
2009              Isabel Smith and Susan Bryson
2011              Christopher Richardson
2012              Andrew Stadnyk
2013              PERU
2015              Jill Chorney
2016              Christine Chambers



Research at the IWK Health Centre is flourishing, thanks to the efforts of our exceptionally talented researchers. They include clinicians in a wide range of health professions, as well as basic scientists, epidemiologists and social scientists. Their work spans all four pillars of research: basic biomedical, clinical, health services and population health research. Together, IWK researchers are building a solid platform of knowledge that we can build upon to address all the key elements that influence health.

Many of our researchers have come to Halifax from other provinces and countries to join the IWK and Dalhousie University, our affiliated academic institution. The high calibre of our growing research community is attracting top people, to the benefit of the communities we serve.

Our researchers are noted for their academic credentials and high-impact publications. They are equally well known for their willingness to share knowledge and to work with colleagues toward common goals. Through their ideas, their energy, their dedication, and their teamwork, they are making a positive difference, every day, to the health and wellbeing of women, children, youth and families in the Maritimes.

Area Specific Research Profiles

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Contact Us

IWK Health Centre Research Services
5850/5980 University Ave
PO Box 9700
Nova Scotia, B3K 6R8

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