Annually, the Gairdner Foundation invites early career investigators across Canada to submit an application to present their research as part of Gairdner Science Week events in October. Kathleen Rice, Assistant Professor at the Department of Family Medicine, is one of five investigators who has been selected by the 2023 Canada Gairdner Award laureates and will present her research alongside them during Gairdner Science Week 2023 events in Toronto on October 25 and 26.

Dr. Rice will present “Methodological Innovations in Chronic Pain Research: Working at the Intersection of Ethnography and Two-Eyed Seeing” during the Laureate Lectures on Oct. 26.  Details here.

“Many of the most complex and pressing health problems and inequities that we are confronted with today will not be resolved through technology alone. I see over and over in my work that understanding and responding to the social context in which health and well-being are lived is imperative for creating programs and policies that work. Nevertheless, social science is often overlooked in health research.  It therefore means a lot to me that the Gairdner Foundation recognizes the value of social science for biomedicine – especially social science that is decolonial in orientation.  I am honoured to be selected for an Early Career Investigator Award, and particularly look forward mentorship from Dr. Christopher Musquash.”

Kathleen Rice

Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine

Congratulations Dr. Rice!

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About Kathleen Rice

Kathleen (Kate) Rice is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University, where she holds the SSHRC-funded Tier II Canada Research Chair in the Medical Anthropology of Primary Care. Her theoretical and methodological expertise are in the areas of social theories of power and inequity, decolonial research methodologies, and ethnography. In all her work, Kate aims to expose the underlying discourses, ideologies, and categories that shape healthcare, as well as the relations of power that underpin them. Driven by a commitment to high-quality, equitable care for all, her research program aims to improve the health of marginalized populations in particular.  Kate’s specific areas of topical focus include gender, chronic pain, pregnancy and birth, gender-based violence, Indigenous methodologies in health research, and medical education. Her areas of geographic focus are Southern Africa, and urban and rural Canada.