The Tri-Council Agencies, made up of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), are major sources of research funding for post-secondary institutions in Canada. Tri-Council funding is vital for providing a supportive environment for fundamental and applied research, training highly qualified personnel, and fostering innovation at Laurentian University.
The primary function of the Tri-Council Leaders is to build synergies between the Agencies and the university community by facilitating the exchange of knowledge regarding research trends, new research programs, policies and directions, as well as identifying new opportunities for interdisciplinary research collaborations. Laurentian’s Tri-Council Leaders will be the university’s key interlocutor at national meetings, where they will have the opportunity to express the viewpoints of Laurentian’s research community. Within the university, locally and regionally, the Tri-Council Leaders will promote the Tri-Council’s mandate by engaging in outreach and consultation activities which will promote the research and scholarly works in each research discipline.
Dr. Jennifer Walker
Tier II Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Health
Associate Professor, School of Rural and Northern Health
Dr. Jennifer Walker is a health services researcher and epidemiologist. She has Indigenous (Haudenosaunee) family roots and is a member of the Six Nations of the Grand River. She has a PhD in Community Health Sciences (Epidemiology specialization) from the University of Calgary. Her work focuses on Indigenous use of Indigenous health and health services data across the life course, with a focus on older adults. She collaborates closely with Indigenous organizations and communities to address health information needs.
Jennifer was awarded a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Health at Laurentian University in the School of Rural and Northern Health. She is a Core Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. She also holds appointments at the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research, Health Sciences North Research Institute and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.
Dr. Thomas Merritt
Tier II Canada Research Chair in Genomics and Bioinformatics
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Dr. Thomas Merritt is a functional genomicist with a wide range of research projects connecting genetic diversity and biological complexity. Much of this research quantifies interactions across metabolic networks in the Drosophila (fruit fly) model system integrating population and molecular genetics, genetic engineering, and environmental stresses to examine simple and complex phenotypes including broad metabolomics effects and epigenetic gene regulation. Recent work has radiated out to address questions of community and metabolic diversity in locally and globally important microbes that drive environmental damage in mine drainage environments. These microbial projects are addressing interesting questions in both applied and fundamental science. All projects are unified by common questions addressing the translation of gene and genome diversity into biological complexity.
Dr. Diana Coholic
School of Social Work
Dr. Diana Coholic has been a clinical social worker for over 20 years. Her SSHRC-funded research program is investigating the effectiveness of an arts-based mindfulness group program for the improvement of child/youth well-being. In September 2016, she began a new 3-year project with youth aged 11-17 years old who are experiencing challenges with schooling. Information can be found on her research website: www.dianacoholic.com.
Diana is a core member of the research group ECHO - Evaluating Children's Health Outcomes (http://www.echoresearchcentre.com.) She is also the Academic Director for the Northern Ontario Region of YouthREX that has a mission to make "research evidence and evaluation accessible and relevant to Ontario’s youth sector through knowledge mobilization, capacity building and evaluation leadership." Please see http://youthrex.com for information/resources