As AVP-R&I, Prof. McKinney’s principal mandate is to support the overall mission of advancing research excellence at McGill while increasing research performance and research intensity at the University, with a particular emphasis on— though not limited to—biomedical and health sciences. Prof. McKinney continues to chair the Brain@McGillprogram, with the mandate to enhance McGill’s performance and positioning in the neurosciences.
Prof. McKinney obtained her D.Phil, at the University of Ulster in 1992, followed by a five year appointment in the Department of Neurophysiology at the Brain Research Institute, University of Zurich as a postdoctoral fellow. In 1998 she obtained her own independent research group at the Brain Research Institute, University of Zurich. She joined McGill’s Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics in 2005. Prof. McKinney’s laboratory at the Bellini Life Sciences Building uses molecular, functional and cell imaging approaches to study the synaptic function of proteins and signaling complexes in neuronal circuitry. Prof. McKinney’s team is working to understand the molecular basis of synapse stability and neuronal circuitry remodeling under physiological and pathological conditions, as well as to develop therapeutic approaches for autism, epilepsy and neurodegenerative diseases.
Her research has been funded by CIHR, NSERC, ARSACS Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada. Prof McKinney acts as a frequent reviewer for several organizations including the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, NSERC, CIHR, Swiss National Science Foundation and the Agence Nationale de la Recherche France.
Prof. Ross is a member of the Department of Geography and an associate member of the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health. She is a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in the Geo-Social Determinants of Health.
As AVP-R&I, Prof. Ross will lead and direct initiatives and projects that advance McGill’s research enterprise in the social sciences and humanities. She will also provide strategic advice and counsel to the McGill community on projects related to her focus disciplines. These activities include mentoring researchers during the development of grant applications, leading the implementation of programs designed to increase success in research funding and research intensity, and working with the Office of Sponsored Research on developing proposals for strategic business and corporate or institutional partnerships both in Canada and abroad. Finally, she will oversee University-wide efforts to generate and support nominations of McGill researchers for major national and international prizes and awards.
Prof. Ross obtained her PhD in Geography from McMaster University and spent four years working at Statistics Canada in research positions that included a postdoctoral affiliation with the Population Health Program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR). She joined McGill’s faculty in 2001 and has taught at both the downtown and Macdonald campuses. Her research has been funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Le Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture (FRQSC), Le Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Prof. Ross has served as a longstanding reviewer for national and international funding agencies and is past Editor-in-Chief of Health Reports, Canada’s flagship population health journal. She is past Editor-in-Chief of Health Reports, Canada’s flagship population health journal. Prof. Ross has an active research program aimed at understanding how built and social environments influence human health.