Lab Updates

Cafe Scientifique on Polypharmacy at McNally Robinson



It was great to be a part of a great panel discussion on polypharmacy at Cafe Scientifique at McNally Robinson. There were 110 attendees and great questions from the audience!

Polypharmacy: Are we overmedicating older Canadians?

Medication plays an important role in managing disease. But what happens when it’s being overused? Nearly two-thirds of Canadians 65 years of age and older are receiving five or more different prescription drugs, which can increase the risk of side effects and interactions, leading to patient burden, morbidity and hospitalizations. We discussed the latest research on the use of medication and potential harm, and how research can drive advancement of clinical knowledge and improve patient care of older adults.



CTV news highlights patient engagement initiative for sedative/anxiolytic study


Thank you to all who have reached out to us. We were overwhelmed by the number of responses received.  Your interest in this study is important to us and we appreciate your willingness to share your experiences. We look forward to working with you as we move forward on this project.


UMStudent Instagram Takeover Challenge


Check out Undergraduate Science Research Student, Joyce Leung's journey doing research with our lab at the College of Pharmacy!


Dr. Leong's research program was profiled in Rady UM Magazine, Issue 2, September 2018


Pharmacists are accessible and many go beyond their role to coordinate care for their patients as was found in the samples studied by Leong et al. (2015, 2016). The lab hopes to shed more light on how pharmacists can provide the best care for their patients during challenging encounters.

Research Assistant Opportunity


Dr. Leong will be hiring a Part-Time Research Assistant starting in July 2018. The duration of the Research Assistantship will be for 2 months and the successful candidate will receive a stipend of $2000 (approximately 0.5EFT). The Research Assistant will be responsible for the organization and implementation of activities related to the current projects listed below. Primary duties and responsibilities include developing and piloting a survey, assisting with the recruitment of participants, coordination of meetings, and assisting in activities related to patient engagement. Committed, motivated, self-directed students from the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, with a keen interest in clinical and pharmacy practice research, are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will work on site at the College of Pharmacy but may be required to perform some research-related activities at a primary care clinic.

 Please send your letter of interest and curriculum vitae by e-mail to Dr. Christine Leong: with the subject line “Research Assistant Applicant”.

GRANT ANNOUNCEMENT! NABP/AACP District V Education Grant Funding


Dr. Leong was awarded a National Assoc. of Boards of Pharmacy / Am Assoc of Colleges of Pharm District V Education Grant for the study titled, "Physical Assessment in Pharmacy Education and Practice: An evaluation of the value and feasibility of incorporating physical assessment from the care provider and public perspective".

GRANT ANNOUNCEMENT! CHI Patient and Public Engagement in Health Research Award


Dr. Leong, Dr. Alexander Singer, and Dr. Gerald Konrad were awarded a George & Fay CHI Patient and Public Engagement in Health Research in the Design and Grant Development Phase Award for the project entitled, Insights into the Use of Sedative-Hypnotic/Anxiolytics in Primary Care: A mixed-methods study to develop self-management strategies in the community.  We are excited to embark on this next stage of research for this project!

Graduate Students Present 3MT Style at Manitoba Pharmacy Conference


Jaden Brandt, MSc Candidate (top) and Wajd Alkabbani, MSc Candidate (bottom) presenting their research project at the Manitoba Pharmacy Conference 2017

Jaden Brandt 2017

Jaden Brandt 2017

Wajd Alkabbani 2017

Wajd Alkabbani 2017

Congrats to Lindsay Baum for placing FIRST at the Manitoba Undergraduate Healthcare Symposium


Lindsay Baum came in 1st place for her poster, "Pharmacist-led Interventions for the Management of Medication Misuse and Abuse: A Systematic Review" at the 2017 Manitoba Undergraduate Healthcare Symposium! Great work!!!

Dr. Leong and team receives 3rd place award at the Canadian Psychiatric Association Conference 2015


Congrats to Dr. Leong and team for placing third for the poster, "Trend in Healthcare Utilization and Level of Morbidity among Older Adults receiving a New Antidepressant and Benzodiazepine Prescription in Canada from 1997 to 2013" at the Canadian Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting!

Leong C, Enns MW, Sareen J, Alessi-Severini S, Chateau D, Prior H. Trend in Healthcare Utilization and Level of Morbidity among Older Adults receiving a New Antidepressant and Benzodiazepine Prescription in Canada from 1997 to 2013. Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA) Annual Meeting. October 1 to 3, 2015. Vancouver, BC, Canada (P27).