Congratulations to Dr. Laurie Snider, Associate Director of SPOT and Associate Director of the Graduate Program, who will step in to the interim SPOT Director position beginning on October 17!
Congratulations to Dr. Sara Saunders, Associate Director of the OT Program at SPOT, who 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!
Congratulations to Marie Brossard-Racine, who was recently awarded the Montreal Children’s Foundation HSBC Saving Children’s Brain Award!
In addition, 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.”
Congratulations to Prof. Liliane Asseraf-Pasin, who 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.
Congratulations to Prof. Patricia Belchoir, who was awarded tenure at SPOT, recognizing her excellence in research, teaching, and service!
Congratulations to Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) president-elect Sarah Marshall! who 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. The Maude Abbott Medical Museum is a repository of materials dating from the early 19th century and documents the study and practice of health care at McGill University and its associated teaching hospitals.
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. 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.
Congratulations to Dr. Aliki Thomas and Dr. André Bussières, who have had not one, but two articles that will be published in an upcoming special issue of Academic Medicine entitled: “Conducting Research in Medical Education: Tips from Idea to Publication.”
Congratulations to Dr. Marie-Hélène Boudrias, who has been awarded a Brain Canada 2015 Multi-Investigator Research Initiative (MIRI) Grant.
Congratulations to Dr. Aliki Thomas who has recently been awarded two new grants: a CIHR Knowledge Synthesis Grant, and a seed fund grant from the Centre for Medical Education.
The results of the first CIHR ‘Project Scheme’ competition were announced recently, and two SPOT researchers were successful Principal Investigators (PI), leading teams of supporting faculty Co-Investigators. Aliki Thomas (PI) and her team including Sara Ahmed, André Bussières, and Nancy Mayo and Anouk Lamontagne (PI) leading her team including Joyce Fung, Anita Menon, and Claire Perez. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Dr. Richard Preuss who has been named to the Faculty Honour list for Educational Excellence, for 2016-2017.
Congratulations to Barbara Shankland who has been awarded the Prix d’Excellence from the Ordre des ergothérapeutes du Québec. This award recognizes outstanding personal qualities as well as involvement and actions directed towards the development, progression, promotion and updating occupational skills. The winner of this award makes a significant impact on the profession.
Congratulations to Susanne Mak who has been awarded the Jonathan Campbell Meakins and Family Memorial Fellowship 2016. This Fellowship has been created to “further and promote excellence in medical education by either an advanced postgraduate trainee or a faculty member in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University.”
Congratulations to Dr. Sara Ahmed who has been awarded the Rosemary Wedderburn Brown Prize for 2016. Click here for more information.
Congratulations to Dr. Annette Majnemer, who will be leading a Canadian study on children with brain development problems.
She and her team have secured funding to the tune of $25 million from CIHR and other sources for the CHILD-BRIGHT network project!
Congratulations to SPOT Faculty member Dr. Stefanie Blain-Moraes who has been awarded a Mitacs Accelerate grant, Tuning in to emotions of non-communicative persons in partnership with the Old Port of Montreal.
This will culminate in an exhibit in October at the Montreal Science Centre, “Mes émotions sont à fleur de peau”
Congratulations to Dr. Matthew Hunt who has been awarded a new grant from R2HC (Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises) as co-PI for: Aid when there’s “nothing left to offer”: A study of palliative and supportive care during international public health crises.
Congratulations to Dr. Aliki Thomas who has received funding from REPAR for a second consecutive year for her work with the Knowledge Translation Strategic Initiative in Rehabilitation in Québec.
She is leading this initiative with Dahlia Khairy (U de M). Co-investigators from SPOT include: Dr. Sara Ahmed, Dr. Dana Anaby, Dr. André Bussières and Dr. Keiko Shikako-Thomas
Congratulations to Dr. Noémi Dahan-Oliel who has been awarded a CIHR Patient Engagement Grant for her project: The Stakeholders Partnering for Arthrogryposis Research: Client-Centered Care and Collaboration.
Congratulations to Dr. Nancy Mayo who saw her project on Smart Soles granted a CIHR Grant for the project: to develop intelligent soles for shoes that will measure gait speed, number of steps and exercise performed by patients post-hip surgery.
Congratulations to Dr. Isabelle Gagnon & Dr. Marie Brossard-Racine who have received an internal grant from the MUHC-RI for the project,
Promoting recovery after pediatric concussion: Feasibility and impact of using dynamic visual attention training on clinical recovery, cerebral functioning and return to sports.
Congratulations to Dr. Isabelle Gagnon who is part of a team that has just published in a very prestigious international peer-reviewed journal: JAMA
Journal of the American Medical Association! The article title is: “Clinical Risk Score for Persistent Postconcussion Symptoms Among Children With Acute Concussion in the ED”
Dr. Nancy Mayo has had her appointment as James McGill Professor renewed!
This prestigious appointment has been earned by Dr. Mayo thanks to her tireless work, continued top-notch scholarly output during the past seven (7) years, and more, as a Professor at McGill University.
Congratulations to Dr. Timothy Wideman who has secured funding from a CFI JELF Infrastructure grant for his project,
Exercise-evoked pain: Underlying processes, clinical predictors and effective interventions
Congratulations to Dr. Keiko Shikako-Thomas who has been awarded a Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Childhood Disability: Participation and Knowledge Translation. Read more in the McGill Reporter.
Congratulations to SPOT Faculty members Dr. Keiko Shikako-Thomas (PI) and Dr. Stefanie Blain-Moraes (co-PI) who have been awarded a CIHR Planning Grant for the project entitled, “Adaptive-Use Music Technology for children with developmental disabilities”.
Congratulations to Dr. Marie-Hélène Boudrias who has been awarded funding from the Québec Bio-imaging Network (QBIN) / FRQS – Pilot Project for her project, “Identification of neural substrates underlying neuroplasticity events induced by acute cardiovascular exercise.” The goal of this project is to explore the role of exercise in motor memory consolidation. Dr. Marc Roig is Co-PI.
Congratulations to Dr. Isabelle Gagnon who has been awarded a CIHR Team Grant to develop the “Canadian Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Research Consortium”. The goal of this new research group is to improve the delivery of health care to Canadians with TBI from coast to coast, and also in a global context, by and with scientists, patients and public health leaders. Dr. Gagnon has also been named Lead on the Trauma Strategic Group, an integral part of REPAR’s Scientific Council / Conseil scientifique.
Congratulations to Claudia Brown who was honored with the Prix d’excellence physiothérapeute 2015 at the annual gathering of the Ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Québec. This award formally honors a physiotherapist for the amplitude of their contributions to the advancement of the profession.
Congratulations to Dr. Marie-Hélène Boudrias who has been awarded a Fonds de recherche du Québec - Nature et technologies (FRQNT) - Team Research Grant. Her project is to develop methodologies to assess functional links from neuro-imaging data and applications to human motor control.
Congratulations to Dr. Laurence Roy who has received great news from the CIHR: her project on housing and risk of homelessness among new mental health service users has been approved for funding in the last round of Operating Grants from CIHR. It's a big multi-site project, and we are all looking forward to this initiative!
Congratulations to Dr. Aliki Thomas who has been awarded a Research Grant Award from the Association of Medical Education of Europe for her study, “Use of evidence in health professions’ education; attitudes, practices, barriers and facilitators.” Aliki’s grant proposal was ranked 1st among 44 applicants! Bravo!
Congratulations to Dr. Raphael Lencucha who has been invited to become an Associate Member of McGill’s IHSP! Raphael will help the Institute realize its potential as a meeting place for researchers throughout McGill explore health and social policy.
Congratulations to Dr. Matthew Hunt who has been awarded the Jonathan Campbell Meakins and Family Memorial Fellowship! This Fellowship is designed to reward and promote excellence in medical education at McGill and beyond.
Congratulations to Dr. Philippe Archambault who has been named the recipient of McGill’s Rosemary Wedderburn Brown Faculty Prize, in recognition for his outstanding contributions to rehabilitation science and in acknowledgment of his academic potential in this early phase of his career.
Congratulations to Dr. Mindy Levin, Professor in the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy at the Faculty of Medicine and Member of the Integrated Program of Neuroscience at McGill! She was recently awarded with the 2015 Enid Graham Memorial Lecture Award, the most prestigious award given by the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Congratulations Dr. Levin! Read more.
Congratulations to Dr. Keiko Shikako-Thomas, Assistant Professor in the OT Program at SPOT! She has earned funding from the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, a REPAR/OPHQ partnership grant, a CIHR planning grant, and the “Pedal-with-Pete” Research Grant. This funding is being applied to her project CP2 (Community Partners for Children’s Participation).
Congratulations to Dr. Keiko Shikako-Thomas working with Dr. Annette Majnemer, for the successful publicity surrounding their emerging “app” JOOAY, which will be released shortly in 5 Canadian provinces… see the CTV News interview with Keiko by following this link.
... And also the recent article in The Gazette.
Congratulation to Dr. Dana Anaby for the FRQSC grant (Actions Concertèes; January, 30, 2015) to study effective strategies for organizing and delivering services for students with disabilities. Project title: Comment organiser les services pour mieux soutenir les élèves handicapés ou en difficulté d'adaptation ou d'appretisage (HDDA): Principles et stratégies efficaces. PI: D. Anaby; Co-PI: C. Camden; Co-Investigators: S.Shaw, JC. Kalubi, C. Missiuna, W. Campbell, S. Bennett; Collaborators: M. Bonnard, C.Hui.
Congratulations to Dr. Laurence Roy, who received a funding commitment by way of a Knowledge-to-Action grant for 2 years for her project titled: Troubles mentaux, itinérance et judiciarisation: des connaissances à l’action.
Congratulations to Dr. Marc Roig who recently has been notified of his successful NSERC Discovery Grant application, for his project Motor memory interference (covered for 5 years)!
Congratulations to Prof. Suzanne Rouleau, who has been named to this year’s Faculty of Medicine’s Honour List for Excellence in Teaching! Save the date: June 11, for her talk at the FoM Honour List Symposium… stay tuned for more details…
Congratulations to Dr. Philippe Archambault, Associate Professor in the OT Program at SPOT! He has earned funding through the 2015 Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) for AGE-Well (the Mall project). He is a collaborator in the project related to smart wheelchairs. See here for more information.
Congratulations to Dr. Aliki Thomas, Assistant Professor in the OT Program at SPOT! She has secured funding from REPAR/FRQS for her project, “Knowledge translation (KT) research”. Also involved in this exciting research are: Dr. Sara Ahmed, Dr. Dana Anaby, Dr. André Bussières, Dr. Keiko Shikako-Thomas.
Congratulations to Dr. Mindy Levin, Professor in the PT Program at SPOT! She has been named the 2015 CPA Enid Graham Memorial Lecturer, and will be accepting the award in June at the annual Congress of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. See here for more information.
Dr. Levin has also received a grant from the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, and has been awarded the John J. Day Award (Heart & Stroke Foundation of Québec) for her project, “Corticospinal contribution to spasticity and disordered motor control.”
Congratulations to Gayatri Aravind for receiving a McGill MedStar Award! Gayatri is a student in the Rehabilitation Sciences (Graduate) Program and her project is entitled, “Perceptual and locomotor factors affect obstacle avoidance in persons with visuospatial neglect.”
Congratulations to Dr. Patricia Da Cunha Belchior, Assistant Professor in the OT Program at SPOT! She in involved in two new projects as part of her role in the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA). Her projects are, “Dementia and Driving Cessation,” and “Cognitive Intervention and Brain Plasticity.” Also involved in this exciting research are Dr. Barbara Mazer and Dr. Isabelle Gélinas.
Dr. Belchior was also invited to participate in Young Leaders’ Discussion Series for Innovative Ideas to Address Dementia.
Congratulations to Dr. Shawn Robbins, Assistant Professor in the PT Program at SPOT! He has been granted a salary award from the Arthritis Society for his project, “Gait Differences Between Patients with Primary and Secondary Knee OA and the Impact on Disease Progression.”
Congratulations to Sarah Marshall, Director's Academic Associate & Faculty Member, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, for being elected to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Physiotherapy Asociation
Congratulations to Dr. Nancy Mayo, James McGill Professor, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, for being named the 2014 recipient of the Principal's Prize for Excellence in Teaching
...for her exceptional qualities as an educator, teaching in an encouraging, engaging, practice-based and relevant way that places an emphasis on learning while doing, to over 80 graduate students.
Congratulations to Dr. Isabelle Gagnon, Assistant Professor, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, for being named to the 2014 faculty Honour List 2014-15
Congratulations to Dr. Beverlea Tallant, Former Faculty Member, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, for being awarded the 2014 Alumni Achievement Award for OT by the University of Toronto!
In recognition of her superlative and sustained contribution to the Occupational Therapy profession.
Congratulations to Dr. Bernadette Nedelec, Director of the OT Program, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, for being awarded the 2014 OEQ «Mention d’excellence»
In recognition of exceptional contributions to OT academically, clinically and administratively.
Congratulations to Dr. Richard Preuss, Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy Program, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, for being granted the OrthoCanada Award for Research in Neck, Back and Core Stability, from Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada
...for his study titled: "Musculature and biomechanics of the low back during gait in patients with chronic low back pain: the effect of step length, cadence and pain catastrophizing"
Congratulations to Dr. Nicol Korner-Bitensky, Occupational Therapy Program, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, for being promoted to Full Professor!
In honour of her academic accomplishments and international recognition and stature in the field of rehabilitation.
Congratulations to Isabelle Gagnon on her recent winning of a CIHR grant of close to $1.4 million in April 2013!
She is the Principal Investigator of a large (22 member) national team of co-investigators, looking into improving diagnosis and treatment of pediatric and adolescent mild traumatic brain injury in Canada.
The term of this team grant is over 5 years and includes several important contributors.
Isabelle's research program focuses on how children and adolescents function after traumatic injury as well as on how rehabilitation services can contribute to achieving the best outcomes possible.
Congratulations to Susanne Mak! She has been named to the Faculty Honour List for Educational Excellence in April 2013 in recognition of her contributions to teaching in the Faculty of Medicine.
The award highlights Susanne's thoughtful and articulate approach to education and the excellence of her teaching, recognized by both students and peers.
Dr. Matthew Hunt, Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy Program, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy
has been awarded a Chercheur-boursier - Santé et Société FRSQ Junior 1 grant in Spring 2013!
...for his study titled "Éthique de la pratique et de la recherche en santé mondiale"
and Dr. Philippe Archambault, Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy Program, School of Phyical and Occupational Therapy
has been awarded a Chercheur-boursier - Clinique et épidémiologie FRSQ Junior 2 grant in Spring 2013!
... for his study titled "Technologies de la réadaptation pour la mobilité"
Dr. Melissa Park, Occupational Therapy Program, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy in Spring 2013
has won the new Award for Equity and Community Building!
Recognizing her work to advance equity and diversity at McGill. Her submission was "truly outstanding, showing achievement, initiative and impact, and setting a wonderful example for the McGill community."
Congratulations to Dr. Bernadette Nedelec, Associate Professor and Director, OT Program at SPOT: she has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal! See here for more: nedelec_jubilee_medal.pdf - April 2013
Mindy LEVIN, PhD, received the
2012 Outstanding Neurorehabilitation Clinician Scientist Award at the American Society of Neurorehabilitation Education and Research Foundation meeting in Vancouver, October 2012.
The award is granted to an outstanding clinical scientist or basic science investigator who has made a significant contribution to mechanisms of neural repair or clinical neurorehabilitation
Congratulations to Nahid Norouzi Gheidari and Gianluca Sorrento for receiving a McGill MedStar Award!
Gheidari has received the award for her publication "Effects of robot-assisted therapy on stroke rehabilitation in upper limbs: Systematic review and meta-analysis of the literature"
and Sorrento for his publication "Assessment of Joystick control during the performance of powered wheelchair driving tasks."
Congratulations to Sandra Everitt, Assistant Professor, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy
...on receiving the Award of Merit from the Conseil interprofessionnel du Québec in August 2012
The "Mérite du CIQ" was awarded on the basis of distinguished service on behalf of her profession and her professional order.
...have been recommended for promotion with Tenure by the University Tenure Committee in July 2012!
Ms. Cynthia Perlman from the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy
...has been promoted to Assistant Professor (professional)!
Dr. Richard Preuss, Assistant Professor, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy
...has been awarded competitive funding from REPAR to examine spine kinematics and muscle activation patterns during functional tasks in July 2012.
He is also a co-investigator on a new grant funded by IRSST (Christian Larivière, PI)
Dr. Matthew Hunt, Assistant Professor, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy
...has been awarded a CIHR operating grant for his project entitled: "Investigations of the ethics of disaster research in low resource settings" in July 2012.
He is one of only 3 Canadian principal investigators who received CIHR funding in this category!
Dr. Philippe Archambault, Assistant Professor, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy
...has been awarded a CIHR grant to fund a trial on a virtual reality training program for motorized wheelchair users in July 2012.
His application ranked 4th out of 50!
Congrats also to Dr. Nicol Korner-Bitensky who is an investigator on this project.
SPOT Professor Wins National Award!
Congratulations to NANCY MAYO for winning the Enid Graham Award from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in February 2012
Dr. Annette Majnemer has received a high honour: she has been elected to the American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF) Academy of Research in April 2012.
This is the highest scholarly honour that the AOTF confers, and one of the highest of the occupational therapy community itself.
Dr. Majnemer was rewarded with this honour largely due to her research resulting in an "outstanding contribution ... to the advancement of knowledge in occupational therapy."
...to Aliki Thomas, PhD
Assistant Professor, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy
...on winning the "Prix de la meilleure thèse de doctorat en éducation 2011"
"This ADEREQ award is open to all doctoral students in education across Québec, and is intended to give value to the research conducted, and to give exposure to exceptional upcoming researchers"
School's delegation to the annual CAOT conference 2010
The School sent an important delegation to the annual CAOT conference, held in Halifax May 25 to 29, 2010. Students and Faculty from the School were involved in 21 posters and presentations. In addition, Dr Annette Majnemer gave the Muriel Driver Memorial Lecture, CAOT's highest honour. For details of the presentations by the School's students and Faculty, please refer to the following document. McGill presentations: CAOT 2010 [.doc]
Isabelle Gélinas wins the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) Certificate of Appreciation! - June 2010
Annette Majnemer wins the Muriel Driver Memorial Lectureship Award, Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) - June 2010
Bernadette Nedelec awarded the Harvey Stuart Allen Distinguished Service Award - March 2009
Bernadette Nedelec, PhD, BSc OT(c), erg., Associate Professor in the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, was awarded the prestigious Harvey Stuart Allen Distinguished Service Award by the American Burn Association at their 2009 annual meeting held in March in San Antonio, Texas. This award is presented to an outstanding North American scientist for his/her contribution in the field of Burn Care.
To view the citation, click here: Harvey Stuart Allen Award
Hugues Barbeau has been awarded the Reeve-Irvine Research Medal for work on spinal cord injury - March 2009
Dr. Hugues Barbeau (second from left), Ms. Joan Irvine Smith (middle), Dr. Susan Harkema (second from right).
Dr. Hugues Barbeau was awarded the Reeve-Irvine Research Medal along with Dr. Susan Harkema for their accomplishments in the clinical translation of locomotor training using body-weight supported systems for individuals living with spinal cord injuries.
To view the citation, click here: Hugues Barbeau Reeve Irvine Medal
Launch of the National Blueprint for Injury Prevention in Older Drivers
The Older Driver's Blueprint is an important and innovative initiative funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada that aims to enhance the capacity of older adults to maintain their fitness to drive and their ability to drive safely for as long as possible. The Older Driver's Blueprint is a collaborative project between the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and McGill University. The project's team was led by Nicol Korner-Bitensky OT, PhD (second from left) - February 2009