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Canada Research Chairs

Canada Research Chairs (CRC) are held by scientists who are researching at SickKids and faculty at the University of Toronto. 

Currently, SickKids scientists and clinicians hold 31 of the limited research professorships across Canada.

CRC positions are filled through internal nominations within the SickKids Research Institute, or are tied to the recruitment of a new scientist. The successful candidate from these searches is nominated for a Canada Research Chair, normally after beginning their employment.

The University of Toronto’s Canada Research Chair program  is administered by the University in partnership with nine affiliated hospitals in the Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network (TAHSN).

This web page complements the information provided on the University’s website and provides information specific to SickKids, including both new and ongoing initiatives to increase the diversity of scientists holding Canada Research Chairs at SickKids. These actions align with the Federal program’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Practices that aim to increase transparency within the program and which also requires firm targets to increase nationally the number of chair holders from the four designated groups as defined by the CRC program: women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples and members of visible minorities.

The Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) has helped establish Canada as a leading research and development nation by recruiting and retaining some of the world's brightest minds. The CRCP invests about $265 million per year in attracting and supporting promising talent.

Current CRC opportunities

To apply for a Canada Research Chair opportunity, follow the instructions provided in the job listing. When selecting successful candidates, objectives from the SickKids Research Insitute Equity, Diversity and Inclusion plan are taken into consideration.

To search for a job listing on our Careers site, enter the Job ID in the search field on the SickKids Careers homepage

SickKids CRC Renewal Checklists

Current Canada Research Chairs held by SickKids staff

Cell Biology

Annie Huang, MD, PhD, FRCP(C)

Canada Research Chair in Rare Childhood Brain Tumours

Aleixo Muise, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Canada Research Chair in Paediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Lisa Robinson, MD, FRCPC, FASN

Canada Research Chair in Vascular inflammation and Kidney injury

Daniela Rotin, PhD

Canada Research Chair in Biochemistry and Signal Transduction

Philip Sherman, MD, FRCP(C), FAAP

Canada Research Chair in Gastrointestinal Disease

Child Health Evaluative Sciences

Yaron Finkelstein

Canada Research Chair in Paediatric Drug Safety and Efficacy

Rulan Parekh, MD

Canada Research Chair in Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiology

Lillian Sung, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Canada Research Chair in Paediatric Oncology Supportive Care

Teresa To

Canada Research Chair in Asthma

Wendy Ungar, PhD

Canada Research Chair in Economic Evaluation and Technology Assessment in Child Health

Developmental and Stem Cell Biology

Brian Ciruna

Canada Research Chair in Developmental Genetics and Cell Biology

Brent Derry, PhD

Canada Research Chair in Genetic Models of Human Disease

Chi-chung Hui, PhD

Canada Research Chair in Mouse Development and Disease Modelling

Genetics and Genome Biology

Monica Justice, PhD

Canada Research Chair in Mammalian Molecular Genetics

Christopher Pearson, PhD

Canada Research Chair in Disease-associated Genomic Instability

Neurosciences and Mental Health

Paul Frankland, PhD

Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neurobiology

Zhengping Jia, PhD

Canada Research Chair in Synaptic Plasticity and Brain Disorders

Sheena Josselyn, PhD

Canada Research Chair in Memory Function and Dysfunction

Lu-Yang Wang, PhD

Canada Research Chair in Brain Development and Disorders

Molecular Medicine

Julie Forman-Kay, PhD

Canada Research Chair in Intrinsically Disordered Proteins

Lynne Howell, PhD

Canada Research Chair in Structural Biology

John Rubinstein, PhD

Canada Research Chair in Electron Cryomicroscopy

Translational Medicine

Martin Post, PhD, DVM

Canada Research Chair in Fetal, Neonatal and Maternal Health

Padmaja Subbarao

Canada Research Chair in Paediatric Asthma and Lung Health

Cell Biology

Ran Kafri, PhD

Canada Research Chair in Quantitative Cell Biology

Spencer Freeman

Canada Research Chair in Immune Surveillance

Developmental and Stem Cell Biology

Xi Huang, PhD

Canada Research Chair in Cancer Biophysics

Genetics and Genome Biology

Philipp Maass, PhD

Canada Research Chair in Nono-Coding Disease Mechanisms

Jeehye Park, PhD

Canada Research Chair in Neuronal Health and diseases

Adam Shlien, PhD

Canada Research Chair in Childhood Cancer Genomics

Michael Wilson, PhD

Canada Research Chair in Comparative Genomics

Linda Hiraki

Canada Research Chair in Genetics of Rare Systemic Inflammatory Diseases

Molecular Medicine

Jean-Philippe Julien, PhD

Canada Research Chair in Structural Immunology

Neurosciences and Mental Health

Julie Lefebvre, PhD

Canada Research Chair in Developmental Neural Circuitry

Julien Muffat, PhD

Canada Research Chair in Stem Cell Engineering and Synthetic Neuroimmunology

Past postings

Visit the postings below to download PDFs of past CRC job postings.

Our commitment to diversity

SickKids’ new and ongoing efforts to improve equity, diversity, and inclusion includes growing the diversity of scientists (women, Indigenous peoples, peoples with disabilities and members of visible minorities) holding Canada Research Chairs (CRC). 

SickKids Research Institute, in conjunction with The University of Toronto and TAHSN Hospitals has developed an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan outlining new initiatives to further an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment to conduct world-class research.

Depending on the issue and one’s position, there are a number of mechanisms to address concerns related to equity, diversity and inclusion. Concerns or questions related to SickKids that are sent to the University of Toronto Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation will be reviewed and referred to the Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Vice Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions.

For more information about the RI’s commitments to equity, diversity and inclusion, visit the websites below.

Contact us

We welcome questions, feedback and suggestions about the CRC program at SickKids and the University of Toronto.

Belinda Potter

Tamara Greaves

Judith Chadwick

Research Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Research Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Research EDI outlines our initiatives towards creating a diverse, fair and respectful work environment.

Scientific & Academic Chairs

Scientific & Academic Chairs

SickKids is home to 48 endowed chairs, showcasing the caliber of scientists and clinicians working at the Research Institute today.

The Research Institute

The Research Institute

Over 2,000 researchers and staff collaborate at SickKids’ Research Institute (RI) to tackle the toughest challenges in child’s health.

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