Join us to celebrate this year’s Royal-Mach-Gaensslen Prize Winner

Location Details
Virtual event


  • Dr. Florence Dzierszinski, president and CEO, University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research at The Royal
  • Dr. Chris Carruthers, chair, Mach-Gaennslen Foundation of Canada
  • Joanne Bezzubetz, president and CEO, The Royal


  • Laurence Wall, journalist, CBC Radio One 


The Royal is delighted to invite you to join us for The Royal-Mach-Gaensslen Prize ceremony recognizing Dr. Simone Vigod.

The prestigious Royal Mach-Gaensslen Prize for Mental Health Research is awarded each year to an outstanding mental health researcher, enabling future exploration and discovery. This national prize provides $100,000 in funding to star mid-career Canadian researchers with a demonstrated track record in research; excellence in scientific rigor, innovative thinking, imagination and originality; and a clear ability to work in partnership with other disciplines and/or research teams external to the institution with which they are affiliated. The award was jointly established in 2015 by the University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research at The Royal and the Mach-Gaensslen Foundation of Canada.

About Dr. Simone Vigod

Dr. Simone Vigod

Dr. Vigod’s research program focuses on the unique life stage leading up to, during and after pregnancy where mental illness poses risks, and in turn opportunities, to two individuals, a mother and a child. Despite progress in perinatal mental health research, much work is still to be done to optimize health of women with mental illness around the time of pregnancy, and that of their children and families. Dr. Vigod’s research works to systematically identify and understand health disparities in this vulnerable population, and then design and evaluate original interventions to address them. 

Date and Time

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 
11 AM – 12 PM


This event is free.
To register please click here.

Contact information

For information, please contact:

Katelyn Abernathy, director of communications, The Royal
+1 (613) 296-5724

Michaela Berniquez, communications coordinator, The Royal
+1 (613) 218-5225