Researcher Recruitment

Recruiting the best in children’s and women’s research. 

Recruitment support

WCHRI recognizes how critically important it is to identify and recruit talented new researchers working in children’s and women’s health to the University of Alberta (U of A). WCHRI funds, including operating and salary support, may be made available through funded chairs, or other forms of support. These funds can be used to recruit both junior and senior investigators with expertise related to WCHRI’s and their department’s vision and strategic priorities.

Operating and start up support

  • Potentially available for new U of A research recruits working in children’s and/or women's health. To be eligible, a new recruit must have protected research time 40% or greater.
  • Complements funds or in-kind support provided by AHS and/or U of A faculties, departments and institutes that recruit researchers and clinician-scientists.
  • Aids in establishing laboratories and/or research programs.

Researcher commitment

WCHRI may offer funding support for up to three years. Funded researchers are expected to:

  • actively participate in WCHRI workshops, programs and committees;
  • attend and participate in our annual Research Day;
  • provide progress updates regarding publications and research outcomes — assessed by WCHRI and communicated to our funders; and,
  • acknowledge WCHRI and our funders on publications and research outputs.

If you are a department chair or faculty dean who would like to nominate a potential candidate, please contact us at

Recent recruits




Meghan Riddell

Medicine & Dentistry – Obstetrics & Gynecology

Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation & Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation

Michele Dyson

Medicine & Dentistry - Pediatrics

Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation

Amit P. Bhavsar

Medicine & Dentistry – Medical Microbiology & Immunology

Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation

Maria Ospina

Medicine & Dentistry – Obstetrics & Gynecology

Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation

Tim Colen

Medicine & Dentistry – Pediatrics Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation

Nadia Giannakopoulos

Medicine & Dentistry – Laboratory Medicine and Pathology Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation

Lesley Wiart

Rehabilitation Medicine

Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation

Research chairs

The Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation and Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation funded research chairs act as an attractor for new talent and provide a stable source of multi-year research support.

These include:

  • Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation's Chair in Autism Research, Dr. Lonnie Zwaigenbaum
  • Cavarzan Chair in Women's Health Research, Dr. Sue Ross
  • Sawin-Baldwin Chair in Ovarian Cancer, vacant
  • Lois Hole Hospital for Women Cross-Provincial Chair in Perinatal Mental Health, Dr. Dawn Kingston
  • Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation Chair in Women's Health Research, Dr. Jane Schulz