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SHRF Presents 2015 Achievement Award
December 4, 2015

Media Release:

December 4, 2015

Last night Dr. Debra Morgan was presented the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation 2015 Achievement Award at the annual Santé! Awards Evening. The evening, held during Health Research Week, is a chance to recognize the innovative health research happening in Saskatchewan.

Dr. Morgan is widely known for demonstrating excellence and achievement in the field of rural dementia health care. She is leading an interdisciplinary research group that has been sustained over almost two decades. Dr. Morgan’s work has fundamentally changed health service delivery in Saskatchewan for older adults with dementia and their family caregivers through the establishment of the innovative, telehealth-supported Rural and Remote Memory Clinic. Her ability to successfully mobilize large interdisciplinary research programs and as an internationally recognized leader in her field, Dr. Morgan is a most deserving winner of the 2015 SHRF Achievement Award.

“SHRF is pleased to recognize and celebrate Dr. Morgan for her contributions and expertise, her leadership and mentorship, and her dedication to improving human health,” said SHRF CEO Heather Magotiaux. “We are fortunate to have Dr. Morgan actively working here in Saskatchewan.”

Dr. Morgan earned her B.S.N (in nursing), Master in nursing and a PhD (in nursing) degrees from the University of Saskatchewan. She holds many influential positions: Professor and Chair in Rural Health Delivery at the Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture (CCHSA) at the University of Saskatchewan and Adjunct Scientist at the Saskatchewan Health Quality Council.

During the course of her career, Dr. Morgan has attracted major research funding from federal and provincial funding agencies with continuous CIHR funding for the past 16 years. This includes the New Investigator Award from 1999-2004, New Emerging Team from 2004-2009, Applied Chair in Health Services and Policy Research from 2009-2015, and Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging from 2014-2019. She has authored more than 101 peer-review publications and has been invited to speak at conferences all over the world.

Some of Dr. Morgan’s more recent achievements include receiving the Bronze Medal Research Award in 2013 and the Silver Medal Research Award in 2012 from the University of Saskatchewan, Department of Medicine. In 2011, she earned the Canadian Institute of Health Research Betty Havens Award for outstanding contribution to knowledge translation in aging, and the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan Honorary Lifetime Membership Award.

Other award winners last night included Top Establishment Grant winners Dr. Franco Vizeacoumar and Dr. Corey Tomczak, Top Research Fellowship winners Dr. Chantal Kawalilak and Dr. Tayyab Shah, and four teams were presented with Top Collaborative Innovation Development awards. Click here for full details of all award winners.

The Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) is the provincial agency responsible for funding, facilitating and promoting innovative, collaborative health research in Saskatchewan. 

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