SickKids clinician-scientist awarded Canada Research Chair, appointed Vice-Dean at U of T’s Temerty Faculty of Medicine
Dr. Lisa Robinson, Head of the Division of Nephrology at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and Senior Scientist in the Cell Biology program at SickKids Research Institute, has been recognized in two significant ways for her contributions as a clinician, scientist and health-care leader. She was awarded a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in vascular inflammation and kidney injury through the University of Toronto (U of T) on December 16, and appointed as Vice-Dean, Strategy & Operations, at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, U of T.
She was previously appointed Chief Diversity Officer in 2016 and became Associate Dean, Inclusion & Diversity in 2018, providing critical leadership on equity, diversity and inclusion throughout the Faculty of Medicine, the university, Toronto Academic Health Science Network (TAHSN)-affiliated hospitals, and at SickKids.
As Vice-Dean, Robinson will lead the faculty’s academic strategic planning and oversee academic affairs and departmental chair searches. She will continue to lead the Faculty’s Office of Inclusion and Diversity.
“Dr. Robinson is an innovative researcher and clinician, and an inspiring leader and mentor. I am delighted to congratulate her on these well-deserved appointments,” says Dr. Gabrielle Boulianne, Chief of Research (Acting) at SickKids Research Institute.
The goal of Dr. Robinson’s research program is to understand the molecular mechanisms that underlie acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease, and to investigate the potential therapeutic value of the molecules involved in these processes. Her unique research approach combines techniques in molecular biology, biochemistry, and high-resolution cellular imaging with animal models of acute kidney injury and kidney transplantation.
The Government of Canada’s CRC Program recognizes individuals who have achieved research excellence in engineering and natural sciences, health sciences and social sciences and humanities. 2020 is the 20th anniversary of the program.