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."
Dr. Mindy Levin has been awarded the Jones Salk Research Grant Award by the March of Dimes for her work in helping people recover from acquired brain injuries, and for her important contributions in rehabilitation research and clinical practice. Congratulations from SPOT!
Sincere congratulations to Dr. Eva Kehayia and her team for being awarded a grant from the FRQS - the renewal of CRIR and its ranking (exceptional, exceptional and excellent) comes with an increased budget and a supplement, which is over and above the budget from FRQS. Special mention is also made in the document of dr. Philippe Archambault and Dr. Aliki Thomas as Axis and Theme leaders. Dr. Kehayia is also the recipient of a grant to support "Towards a More Inclusive Québec Society" as Co-PI.
Congratulations all around to the very successful research efforts at SPOT. Under the leadership of Director of Research, Dr. Matthew Hunt, this year we can see terrific objective results of these efforts:
"Chercheurs-boursiers" - Senior - Dr. Philippe Archambault
"Chercheurs-boursiers" - Junior 2 - Dr. Matthew Hunt
"Chercheurs-boursiers" - Junior 1 - Dr. Marie Brossard-Racine and Dr. Timothy Wideman
"Formations postdoctorales" - Livia Carvalho, Catherine Duclos and diana Zidarov