Heinrike Schmeling

Dr. Heinrike Schmeling




Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics | Rheumatology

Pediatric Rheumatologist

Alberta Childrens Hospital

Full Member

McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health

Child Health & Wellness Researcher

Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute

Contact information


Educational Background

Doctor of Medicine (MD) Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, 1998

Doctorate of Medicine (PhD) Basic science, Humboldt University, Berlin and Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (on the Saale); Germany, 2002


Dr. Heinrike Schmeling is a Professor with the University of Calgary, as well as a Pediatric Rheumatologist, currently practicing at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary, Alberta. She obtained her PhD in 2002, at Humboldt University, in Germany, and completed her Medical Specialist in pediatric and adolescent medicine in 2005. Since the beginning of her first academic position at the Alberta Children’s Hospital/University of Calgary in 2009, Dr. Schmeling’s clinical and research activities is focused on personalized medicine and outcome in childhood arthritis and Juvenile Dermatomyositis. She leads various projects in this area, and is involved in many national and international research collaborations. Dr. Schmeling is also the site principle investigator on multiple international clinical trials in childhood arthritis. She has published over 90 peer reviewed papers and secured multiple funding opportunities for research. Dr. Schmeling is currently serving as past chair of the Canadian Alliance of Pediatric Rheumatology Investigators (CAPRI) organization. The mission of CAPRI is pursuit of new knowledge for the benefit of children and adolescents with rheumatic diseases by building infrastructures and facilitate collaborative multicenter research of childhood rheumatic diseases in Canada.


Areas of Research

Health Outcomes
Immune-Mediated Disorders

Research interests:

  • Pharmacogenetics,
  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis,
  • Juvenile dermatomyositis,
  • Outcome research,
  • Registry research
  • Clinical trials

Participation in university strategic initiatives


  • Basic Science Research Award, German Society of Pediatric Rheumatology, Germany, 2003
  • Erasmus/European Program Scholarship, Internship, Barcelona, Spain, 1997
  • German Government Scholarship, Medical School, Córdoba, Argentina, 1994
  • CIHR Institute of Genetics: Clinical Investigator Award, Canada, 2011
  • Research Award, German Society of Pediatric Rheumatology, Germany, 2007
  • Research Award Rheumatology Competition 2008 Wyeth BioPharma, Germany, 2008