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The Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM) celebrated 16 years last night at the Annual General Meeting (AGM).
The AGM is a great opportunity to look back on everything we’ve accomplished over the last year, and set new goals for the future.
This year’s event was particularly special, as we celebrated a longstanding member of the CHRIM family, Mark Gray, who will be moving into the role of Past Chair this year, after 16 years on and off as Chair of the Board. We also welcomed our new Chair of the Board, Dave Evans (more on Dave coming soon!)
Under Mark’s stewardship, CHRIM has turned big dreams into reality, and has continued to grow in size and new directions year after year. Mark’s hard work, dedication, and leadership have guided us from humble beginnings to the thriving, world-class facility we are today.
When CHRIM started out, we had four researchers with a focus in asthma and allergy. Today, we have 31 principal investigators, along with 170 staff located at CHRIM, representing 16 different departments and six faculties within the University of Manitoba.
Over the last 16 years, CHRIM has achieved some amazing milestones and breakthroughs including:
In 2016, we continued to make remarkable progress welcoming nine new members and an additional eight so far in 2017, and 12 summer students, and, through the Children’s Hospital Foundation, provided $1.8 million in grant funding to support researchers directly.
Below are some of the incredible research highlights we celebrated in 2016:
Looking to the future, a major goal for CHRIM will be building and elevating our brand. We’re well-known within the immediate community, but we need to be proud of our achievements and share them with the world! We also hope to explore more opportunities for collaboration with potential partners across the country and around the world.
As we get to work on our branding and communications strategies, you’ll see some big changes to the website– stay tuned!
2017 is on track to be another great year. On Friday, we’ll be celebrating an exciting funding announcement (more information to come!) and we’re looking forward to holding our annual Child Health Research Days event off campus for the first time, at the beautiful Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the Fort Garry Hotel. This is the first step in growing the event to a national scale, encouraging visitors and speakers from around the world to visit our city at the heart of the continent, and to put CHRIM on the map as a national and global leader in child health excellence.
Thank you to all of our staff, board members, and supporters – we are looking forward to another fantastic year ahead!