Congratulations to SPOT OT Masters students: 4 groups of students won the best poster prizes in the 4 different categories at the Annual Symposium of the College of Occupational Therapists of Quebec (OEQ)!
Congratulations to Dr. Anne Carswell, recipient of the 2017 Medicine Alumni Global Award of Merit for the School of Physical & Occupational Therapy in recognition of her extraordinary contribution to the profession. In addition to her work as an educator, researcher and clinician, she is a co-author of the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM) and one of the founding directors of COPM Inc. More information can be found at:
Dr. Shaun Cleaver was awarded the 2017 Steinberg Global Health Postdoctoral Fellowship at the recent McGill Global Health Programs Award Night. The award’s purpose is to support the most promising scholars in global health and assist them in establishing a research base early in their careers. Shaun is a recent addition to SPOT, and as he states, “the Steinberg Award was a crucial factor to draw me to McGill.”
Dr. Tania Janaudis-Ferreira has been reappointed to SPOT faculty as Assistant Professor in the PT program for a 3-year term. Congratulations from all of us at SPOT!
Congratulations to Dr. Jonathan Lai on being one of the first cohort of CIHR Health System Impact Fellows! This program aims to impact policy and health systems through research. Dr. Lai has partnered with the Mariam Foundation in Montreal, and is a post-doc with Dr. Keiko Shikako Thomas and CHILD-BRIGHT.
Dr. Sarah Ahmed received the Dr. Joe Stratford Award for the Study of Pain at an Award dinner hosted by the McGill University Health Center, the MUHC Research Institute, and the MUHC Foundations. The award recognizes her team’s research in collaboration with the McGill RUIS centre of expertise in chronic pain, which aims to improve the quality of care delivered to individuals with chronic pain. More information can be found at: https://www.mghfoundation.com/2017-research-awards-gala/
Dr. Sarah Ahmed and her team, including SPOT researchers Dr. Philippe Archambault, Dr. Anouk Lamontagne, and Dr. Annette Majnemer, have been awarded a Canadian Foundation of Innovation (CFI) award for their project titled “BRILLIANT-Rehab: Biomedical Research & Informatics Living Laboratory for Innovative Advances of New Technologies in Community Mobility Rehabilitation.” Bringing together researchers from both McGill and the University of Montreal, the vision of the BRILLIANT Rehab program is to optimize mobility of persons with acquired brain injury (ABI) across the lifespan.
Dr. Nancy Mayo was the 2017 David Hawkins Lecturer in Health Sciences Research. This lectureship was created jointly by the Medical Research Council of Canada and Memorial University of Newfoundland to honour contributions of Dr. Hawkins to health sciences research in the country. Dr. Mayo’s Lecture, which was given in September 2017, was entitled: “Combining Observational and Interventional Research: Application of the Cohort Multiple Randomised Controlled Trial (cmRCT) Design to Understand and Optimize Brain Health Among People Aging with HIV.”
Dr. Nancy Mayo will is the 2018 recipient of the President’s Award for the International Society of Quality of Life (ISOQOL). This award is given annually to an individual who has advanced HRQOL research and has made outstanding contributions to the Society in one or more of the following areas: education of professionals, patients or lay individuals about HRQOL’s value; promotion or execution of HRQOL or other scholarly activities; and facilitating or furthering policy initiatives that have an impact on HRQOL. Dr.
Dr. Marie-Hélène Boudrias has been awarded a 5-year grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) for her project titled “Development of protocols to assess neuroplasticity events taking place in the brain motor networks.” Congratulations from all at SPOT!
Dr. Raphael Lencucha and Co-PI Dr. Nicholas King, associate professor in the McGill Biomedical Ethics Unit of the Department of Social Studies Medicine, have received a Steinberg Fund for Interdisciplinary Global Health Research award. Their project is titled “International Health Regulations Compliance in India: The Politics of Global Health Security.” The Fund aims to help fulfill the vision of the McGill Global Health Programs in ‘addressing health inequities and improving global health through education, research, and partnerships.’
Dr. Raphael Lencucha and his team have been awarded a grant by the National Institutes of Health (USA) for their project “The Political Economy of Tobacco Farming in Low- and Middle-Income Countries.” The project was funded at $1.4 Million USD over 5 years. Congratulations from all at SPOT!
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.