Dr. Marc Roig was awarded a joint REPAR and Heart and Stroke Foundation Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery Catalyst Grant (CPSR) for his project titled ‘Promoting Brain Plasticity During Sub-Acute Stroke: The Interactive Role of Exercise and Genotype.’ CPSR catalyst awards are intended to provide seed funding at an early stage to promote innovated and collaborative research in stroke rehabilitation and recovery. For more information see: http://www.canadianstroke.ca/en/research/funding/
Dr. Aliki Thomas has received a grant from the CIHR’s Patient Centered Research Strategy Support Unit. Dr. Thomas will lead her team, which includes SPOT colleagues, Sarah Ahmed, Keiko Shikako-Thomas, Dana Anaby, and André Bussieres, on a project, titled “Développement d’un programme de formation sur les méthodes en transfert des connaissances dans le domaine de la santé” which will culminate with the first ever Knowledge Translation summer school for graduate students and researchers offered in June 2018.
Dr. Philippe Archambault has been appointed Scientific Director of the Intersectoral Initiative: ‘Social and Technological Innovations in Adaptation-Rehabilitation: Towards a More Inclusive Quebec Society’. This initiative has received three-year funding from the FRQ, and Dr.
Dr. Annette Majnemer has been awarded the 2017 Pfizer Research Award of Excellence by the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation at a special celebration held at the P.K. Subban Atrium. The award recognizes exceptional work of MCH researchers, as recognized by their peers. Dr. Majnemer’s career accomplishments, such as her many publications and funding support, including the recent CHILD-BRIGHT project funded by the Canadian Strategy for Patient-Orient Research (SPOR).
Dr. Stefanie Blain-Moraes was named by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as a 2017 Young Scientists. The award recognized 55 young scientists under 40 recently at the WEF conference in Dalian, China. The awardees hailed from 38 academic institutions in 18 countries, and all were invited to attend a special Meeting of the New Champions at the conference. Stefanie’s ground breaking research focuses on developing assistive technologies to enhance the assessment of and interaction with individuals who are behaviourally unresponsive.
Sarah C. Marshall, Director’s Academic Associate and PT faculty member at the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy (SPOT), has been elected the 60th President of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA). Her term runs from June 2017 to June 2019. The CPA is a not-for-profit professional association that serves over 14,000 Canadian physiotherapists, physiotherapyassistants, physical rehabilitation therapists and physiotherapy students from across Canada.
Dr. Marie Brossard-Racine received a US Department of Defense Discovery award of over $250,000USD for her project ‘Brain Maturation Trajectories in Infants Following an Open Heart Surgery.” Discovery Awards support the exploration of highly innovative new concepts. For more information see: https://goo.gl/3x128M
Dr. Dana Anaby was recently granted tenure by the McGill Board of Governors and a promotion to rank of Associate Professor. This achievement recognizes her excellence in teaching, service, and research, as well as the dedication, focus, and hard work that Dr. Anaby has given at the school. Congratulations from all at SPOT!
SPOT alumna and past Edith Aston-McCrimmon Lecturer (2013), Dr. Carol Richards, wasrecently given the ‘highest distinction awarded by the government of Québec’ by being named to theOrdre National du Québec. This June, Dr. Richards was one of 33 individuals named by PremierPhilippe Couillard to one of three ranks of the National order, with a ceremony held at the LegislativeCouncil Chamber of the Parliament Building. Dr.
Prof. Susanne Mak was awarded a FRQSC Doctoral Grant, as well as the Class of ’77 MedEd Innovation Grants Program grant for her project named “Stakeholders’ perspectives towards the McGill OT mentoring program.” Funding of the MedEd Innovation Grant is designed to support the development and evaluation of educational innovations that advance the field of Health Professions education.
Congratulations to Dr. Keiko Shikako-Thomas for her re-appointment of 3 years. Dr. Shikako-Thomas also has been awarded a CRIR New Initiatives grant.
Dr. Judith Soicher, PT Program Director, was awarded the Canadian Respiratory Health Professionals Poster Award at the Canadian Respiratory Conference at the end of April. The title of the poster was: “Barriers to exercise following pulmonary rehabilitation in individuals with COPD: A mixed methods study”.
Dr. Marie-Hélène Boudrias has been awarded a Brain Canada Foundation grant to support her work in exploring why some people recover better than others after a stroke. This research has shown that recuperative capacity is often underestimated, therefore this work will be crucial in discovering how to better predict rehab potential.
Dr. Aliki Thomas has been awarded an RCPSC Royal College strategic grant. At the core of the success of competency-based medical education is the assessment of developmental progress and the identification of potential facilitatorsébarriers that could affect its implementation. As Co-PI, Dr. Thomas and her team will lay the foundation for robust knowledge translation activities that she will aim to pursue in a subsequent study.
Dr. Tania Janaudis-Ferreira is part of a team of investigators to whom CIHR (Project Scheme Competition) has been awarded support to conduct a multi-centric trial to determine whether a supervised home-based exercise program combined with a protein supplementation is beneficial in improving physical function in frail older adults recovering from transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Title of the study: "Protein and Exercise to Reverse Frailty in Older Men and Women undergoing TAVR: The PERFORM-TAVR trial."