School of Physical and Occupational Therapy news
Congratulations to the winners of the Office 365 Portal Photo Contest! The 3 photos that received the highest ratings were: Redpath Museum lit up at night in the snow, submitted by Vahid Ghorbanian Arts building with colorful trees and bikes in front, submitted by Hamed Rafezi Arts building with leaves on the ground, submitted by Reza Tadayon These 7 photos receive honorable mentions:
Congratulations! Dr. Laurie Snider, Associate Director of SPOT and Associate Director of the Graduate Program will step in to the interim SPOT Director position beginning on October 17. Our current Director, Dr. Annette Majnemer will take a leave from her position to enable her to focus all her energies to her key and strategic role as Vice-Dean, Education, at the Faculty of Medicine, a position she has held since January 2016.
Congratulations! Dr. Sara Saunders, Associate Director of the OT Program at SPOT …has been named Director of the Occupational Therapy Program, when the term of the current OT Director, Dr. Bernadette Nedelec ends, in Spring 2017. Dr. Saunders is an occupational therapist whose clinical background involved working with individuals with work disability resulting from a musculoskeletal injury. She has been the OT Associate Director since 2014.
Dr. Laurence Roy and Dr. Tim Wideman have both been re-appointed as full-time tenure-track Assistant Professors at SPOT for three-year terms. This marks an important milestone in their tenure-track trajectory, and highlights the excellence that both these scholars have achieved in their fields. Congratulations from all of us at SPOT!
Marie Brossard-Racine is the PI on a new project funded by La Fondation du Gran Defi Pierre Lavoie. The project is titled “Quantitative MRI: A novel biomarker for disease progression in the leukodystrophies.” More information can be found at: goo.gl/vCY5vf
Prof. Liliane Asseraf-Pasin has been awarded the prestigious Prix d’excellence from the Ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Québec. This award highlights the motivation and participation of committed members and highlights the professionals that contribute in a special way to the advancement and recognition of the profession. More information can be found at: goo.gl/FxjE4G
IT Services is looking to enhance our Office 365 portal login page with McGill campus-life photos. The Office 365 portal (https://portal.office.com) << shown here, is where hundreds of McGill people sign in daily to access email via Outlook on the web, OneDrive file storage, Yammer, Video @ McGill, and other free services for McGill students, faculty and staff. What better way to showcase your talent and attract recognition from the whole McGill community?
Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) president-elect, Sarah Marshall, recently opened a new exhibit at McGill’s Maude Abbott Medical Museum. ‘Sparks and Waves: The use of electricity, light and sound in physiotherapy’ explores the history and evolution of these techniques in therapy. The exhibit displays machines housed in the McGill School of Physical and Occupational Therapy during the mid 20th century. The exhibit opened September 28th, and is a permanent exhibit at the Museum.
In early September, SPOT faculty, staff, and students participated in a Wellness Welcome Walk. With the goal of highlighting the importance of physical activity and socialization in health and wellbeing, the group headed up the Mountain for a lovely end of summer walk. Refreshments were served afterwards. Keep your eyes and ears open for future activities!
McGill University’s SPOT has partnered with CBI-Concordia Physio Sport NDG to become a FIFA Centre of Excellence. The appointment underlines our current strengths in areas related to the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and the rehabilitation in soccer players. I will allow us to consolidate our strengths while promoting the most popular sport in the world. More information can be found at: goo.gl/ofa44u
Each issue of the prestigious journal, Academic Medicine, concludes with a highly coveted ‘Last Page’ article. This year, Dr. Aliki Thomas and Dr.
Dr. Marie-Hélène Boudrias has been awarded a Brain Canada 2015 Multi-Investigator Research Initiative (MIRI) Grant. Her project titled “Combining neurostimulation technique with tailored interventions for the affected upper extremity: can in promote better recovery in stroke survivors?” will be completed in the next three years through collaborations between McGill University, University of Sherbrooke, and the University of Ottawa.