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Winnipeg 2016 Professional Panel


Dr. Melanie Martin


Dr. Martin is a researcher and professor at the University of Winnipeg, Department of Physics. Her BSc (Hons) Physics is from University of Manitoba. Her MS, MPhil and PhD are from Yale University in Applied Physics/Biomedical Engineering. She was a postdoc then an Associate Scientist at Caltech. In 2004, Dr. Martin started at University of Winnipeg in the Physics department, where she is now a Professor and Chancellor's Research Chair. She is also the Director of the In Vivo Experimental Animal Magnetic Resonance Microscopy Centre in the Department of Radiology at University of Manitoba. Dr. Martin's research focuses on the development of new magnetic resonance imaging techniques to study central nervous system diseases.


Dr. Geoff Cuvelier


Dr. Cuvelier is a graduate of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba, and received undergraduate degrees in microbiology and sociology from the same institution. He trained in pediatrics in Edmonton and recently completed his post-graduate work in pediatric hematology-oncology with a specialization in bone marrow transplant (BMT) at the University of British Columbia’s Children’s Hospital. Dr. Cuvelier enhanced his clinical experience in pediatric oncology by serving as a pediatric intensive care transport physician at both Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton and BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (2005). Dr. Cuvelier’s main clinical and research interest is in pediatric bone marrow and stem cell transplantation. He is currently lead investigator in a major clinical trial of megestrol acetate as an appetite stimulant in malnourished children with cancer. He is co-author of a recent study published in Blood defining an interesting new biomarker for chronic graft versus host disease, a problem difficult to manage in pediatric BMT patients. 

Dr. Danielle Stringer

Lorraine Kuzyk

Dr. Stringer joined the University of Winnipeg’s Department of Kinesiology and Applied Health in January of 2013, and is the first full-time assistant professor hired to teach and research in the area of nutritional sciences at the University of Winnipeg. She received her MSc and PhD degrees from the University of Manitoba, specializing in Human Nutritional Sciences, and is a member of the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba. Dr. Stringer’s main research interests concern understanding how nutrients and other chemicals found in food act at the molecular and cellular level to modify risk for chronic diseases such as obesity and type 2 diabetes. Being a nutritionist, she is also interested in determining how diet-based strategies and the use of functional foods may complement traditional pharmacological approaches to managing chronic disease. Dr. Stringer is currently developing a research program that aims to identify the contribution of intestinal insulin resistance and disrupted nutrient sensing to the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes.






Lorraine has practiced nursing for over 30 years in variety of challenging settings. The first 12 years of her career were spent in the Intensive Care Unit/Emergency Department at the St. Boniface General Hospital succeeded by the Recovery room. In 2003, she was offered the position of Clinical Trials Coordinator at the University of Manitoba under the direction of Dr. John Embil. Here, she had the opportunity to expand her knowledge in the field of clinical trials. After 10 years in the research field, Lorraine returned to the clinical setting in 2014 where she currently serves as Clinic Nurse for the Vascular Department at Health Sciences Centre. Lorraine is a member of CSVN (Clinical Society for Vascular Nurses) and has had many opportunities to travel and attend conferences in Canada and the US. Lorraine lives and serves by the mantra, "As a nurse, we have the opportunity to heal the heart, mind, soul and body of our patients, their families, and ourselves. They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou