CDIC Research Affiliates

Seven Oaks Hospital Chronic Disease Innovation Centre is a university affiliated research hub that frequently collaborates with noted investigators in other fields and working as faculty at other research facilities. Browse the bios of some of our key research collaborators below.

Interested in collaborating? For inquiries related to Research Data, Partnerships and Collaboration, or Contract and Commercial Research please email Michelle DiNella Research Manager, or call her at 204-632-3383.

Key Collaborators

Dr. Rakesh C. Arora earned his medical degree at Dalhousie University. He is Professor and Head – Cardiac Surgery, Departments of Surgery, Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine and Physiology & Pathophysiology at the University of Manitoba. His field of study focuses on delirium, frailty, AKI, and ICU survivorship. He is active in the Enhanced Recovery after Cardiac Surgery (ERACS) Society and received the Innovation Award from the Department of Surgery in 2017.


Dr. Francis Lin received his PhD in Physics at the University of California, Irvine. He is Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manitoba, where his research field of studies includes Biophysics, Biomedical Engineering and Microfluidic devices and systems for biological and biomedical applications. Supported by grants from NSERC and CIHR, his team has been closely collaborating with the scientists at Seven Oaks General Hospital on developing new point-of-care systems for chronic disease biomarker measurements.

Dr. Julie Ho earned her Medical Degree at University of Western Ontario and also trained at the Manitoba Center for Proteomics and Systems Biology. She is Associate Professor in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Immunology, University of Manitoba and Medical Director, Transplant Manitoba Adult Kidney Quality and Innovation Program. Her research field of study is translational research program evaluating renal ischemia reperfusion injury and transplant rejection. She received the American Society of Transplantation Clinical Science Career Development Award in 2014.

Dr. John M. Embil is the Medical Director, Infection Prevention and Control Unit, Health Sciences Centre, and Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. He is a Professor in the Departments of Internal Medicine, (Section of Infectious Diseases) and Medical Microbiology, University of Manitoba. His research field of study involves Infections in persons with diabetes, diabetic foot infections, and hospital associated infections. He received the Mentorship Award from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Dr. Dylan S. MacKay has a PhD in Human Nutritional Sciences and is Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences as well as Clinical Trialist at the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation at the University of Manitoba. His field of study is in clinical trials and inter-individual variability, with a focus on lifestyle and chronic disease risk. He was selected as the American Society for Nutrition’s Clinical Emerging Leader for 2014.


Dr. Meghan Azad holds a Canada Research Chair in Developmental Origins of Chronic Disease. She is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Child Health at the University of Manitoba. Her research program ( is focused on the role of infant nutrition and gut microbiota in the development of asthma, allergies and obesity. Her team has established that breast milk feeding mode (at the breast vs. pumped breast milk) is associated with asthma risk, and shown that maternal peanut consumption while breastfeeding may help protect against peanut sensitization.

Dr. Azad co-leads the Manitoba site of the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study (, a national pregnancy cohort following 3500 children to understand how early life experiences shape lifelong health. She is directing multiple projects related to lactation and infant feeding practices in the CHILD cohort, including integrated studies linking human milk composition and gut microbiota with epigenetic profiles and clinical phenotypes. Dr. Azad serves on the Executive Council for the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation, and the Breastfeeding Committee of Canada. Her research is funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Research Manitoba, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.


Dr. Jay Hingwala is a Nephrologist and Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Manitoba. He earned his degree at the University of Manitoba. He also achieved a Master’s of Science in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at the University of Toronto. His field of research study is in Quality Improvement for which he received the  Christella I Cann Research Grant 2015 Award.

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