Achieving excellence: Celebrating Dal's award‑winning researchers

- November 4, 2019

Clockwise from upper left: Catherine Mah, Jeff Dahn, Jocelyn Downie and Jean Marshall.
Clockwise from upper left: Catherine Mah, Jeff Dahn, Jocelyn Downie and Jean Marshall.

Ending poverty. Fighting inequalities. Tackling climate change. Ensuring that no one is left behind. Dalhousie’s researchers are tackling some of the planet’s most complex and urgent challenges.

Throughout the coming weeks, you’ll have an opportunity to learn more about our researchers who have received major awards and prizes for their stellar work via Dal’s social media accounts and the university’s research website. A new researcher will be introduced every week.

Researchers like:

  • Catherine L. Mah, Canada Research Chair in Promoting Healthy Populations. Dr. Mah is studying what determines where, how and why we buy food – and how this affects public health.
  • Jean Marshall, Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Dr. Marshall is at the forefront of discovering new ways to defend ourselves against disease. By working with mast cells, immune cells that regulate inflammatory responses, Dr. Marshall’s lab is exploring how our own immune system can be used to fight cancer, infection and chronic inflammatory diseases.
  • Jeff Dahn, recipient of the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering; Fellow, Royal Society of Canada; Recipient, Royal Society of Canada Henry Marshall Tory Medal; Canada Research Chair in Battery and Fuel Cell Materials.
    Finding new ways to produce clean energy is a crucial step in making its everyday use an everyday reality. Dr. Dahn and his students are increasing the lifetime and energy density of rechargeable lithium ion batteries so we can all run our cars, homes and cities with clean energy.
  • Jocelyn Downie, Fellow, Royal Society of Canada; Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Celebrated for her contributions to Canadian health law and policy, Prof. Downie’s primary focus has been on end-of-life law, policy, and care – voluntary euthanasia, assisted suicide, terminal sedation, and unilateral withholding or withdrawal of potentially life sustaining treatment. She has worked extensively in the protection of human participants in research, and on the protection and promotion of women’s health in the areas of abortion and assisted human reproduction.

It’s this kind of thinking that is helping us achieve a number of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. These goals can be found throughout Dal’s Strategic Direction for Research and Innovation. The university’s five signature research clusters and two cross-cutting themes are all grounded in specific UN SDGs, and represent the work being done at all levels to contribute to a better future for all of us.

“Dalhousie is research-intensive institution with global impact,” says Alice Aiken, Dal’s vice-president research and innovation. “Our unique, interactive and collaborative environment encourages all researchers to achieve excellence, while expanding on opportunities for pioneering research grounded in the UN’S Sustainable Development Goals.”

You’ll be able to see more of our researchers on Dal’s social media accounts and

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