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Dr. Meghan Azad

Dr. Meghan Azad

How bacteria and breastmilk could be our best allies against allergy and asthma

Exploring the ultimate ‘personalized medicine’

Dr. Meghan Azad, a pediatrics and child health assistant professor, is breaking new ground with her findings on how breastmilk affects the baby’s gut flora.

She’s among the researchers nationwide involved with the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development Study, or CHILD. The study has tracked the environments and health of more than 3,500 children since before they were even born. It’s one of the world’s largest birth cohorts on the origins of allergy and asthma—and it’s opening new doors for prevention.

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Dr. Marissa Becker

Dr. Marissa Becker

Preventing HIV epidemics

Using conflict as a predictor could help curb the spread of disease

Called “Europe’s forgotten war”, the political conflict in eastern Ukraine has resulted in death, illness and an uncertain future for many of those displaced by the fighting. U of M alumna Dr. Marissa Becker was in this region of Ukraine—which has the second-highest rate of HIV infections in eastern Europe and central Asia—when the conflict broke out. Working with local sex workers, she was trying to understand what put the population at such high risk in the spread of HIV.

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Dr. Charles Bernstein

Dr. Charles Bernstein

Discovery fuels innovation

Dr. Charles Bernstein’s research transforms IBD patient care here and around the world

Inflammatory bowel disease affects one out of every 150 Canadians, a rate of incidence higher than any other country. U of M alumnus and distinguished professor Dr. Charles Bernstein has made it his life’s work to challenge this reality. For 25 years he’s been looking for answers where others haven’t. He pioneered a different approach in IBD research—a larger, more comprehensive one through which he and his team have made new discoveries, transforming IBD patient care here and around the world. 

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Dr. Pourang Irani

Dr. Pourang Irani

Making smarter devices

Technology of the future developed at by the U of M’s Dr. Pourang Irani

A big part of Dr. Pourang Irani’s job is to dream.

The computer scientist makes the technology often considered science fiction a reality, giving the world new ways to access the digital experience. Think Tony Stark in Iron Man and how the superhero interacts with projected screens and uses head-worn displays to make decisions on the fly. Irani’s role may sound complex—Canada Research Chair in Ubiquitous Analytics—but he insists his goal is simple: to help people navigate the daily storm of data coming our way.

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