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.
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Dr. Aliki Thomas 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 .
The McGill French Language Centre is offering French language courses specifically designed for students registered in professional programs for health and social sciences with the aim of preparing them for professional practice in Quebec.
Marie-Hélène Boudrias was awarded funds from the Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada (PFC) and the Réseau provincial de recherche en adaptation-réadaptation (REPAR).
Prof. Sarah Marshall is the new President-Elect of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA). She started her tenure in spring of 2016 and will transition to CPA President in one year’s time, for a term of two years. Sarah has served on the Board of Directors since she was elected in 2014. The CPA represents over 14,000 physiotherapists, physiotherapist assistants and physiotherapist students across Canada. CPA members are rehabilitation professionals dedicated to the health, mobility and wellness of Canadians.
For his project, “A novel exercise modality to improve motor learning in PD,” Dr. Marc Roig has been approved for a Pilot Project Grant from the Parkinson Canada’s Research Program. Through this initiative, Parkinson Canada invites grant applications from professionals committed to conducting novel, emerging, or innovative research in areas relevant to the cure, cause, prevention, improved treatment and/or understanding of Parkinson’s disease and its implications on society. See this link for more information: http://goo.gl/lTzxAI
Tenure has been awarded to three outstanding professors at SPOT: Drs. Isabelle Gagnon, Matthew Hunt and Melissa Park. All three were recognized for their excellence in research, teaching, and service. As well, Dr. Marie-Hélène Boudrias has been reappointed for three years.
Aliki Thomas has been named the Leader of Theme 2 (Services, Systems, and Polices), under Axis 2 (Participation, Social Inclusion & Rehabilitation Services) at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation of Greater Montreal (CRIR). The aim of the research undertaken by CRIR is to address the needs of a varied clientele with significant and persistent physical disabilities. The impairments can be auditory, motor, speech and language or visual. More information about the CRIR Axis can be found at: http://goo.gl/8jGsYR
Laurence Roy was awarded the 2016 Canadian Occupational Therapy Foundation Research grant for her project entitled "Development of a Research and Practice Agenda on Homelessness and Occupational Therapy in Canada". The Canadian Occupational Therapy Foundation (COTF) supports research and scholarship in the field of Occupational Therapy. More information about the COTF awards can be found at: http://goo.gl/E1mZCt
Two faculty members were awarded McGill Internal Social Sciences and Humanities Development Grants. Prof. Stefanie Blain-Moraes was awarded for her project “Moving-with Autism: a participatory mixed method study of attunement across neurodiversity”, and Prof. Aliki Thomas for her project “Professionals as scholars: competency indicators and outcomes of advanced training.” The purpose of these development grants is to provide seed funding to support faculty members as they work to enhance the development of future proposals for external funding.
This year, a record six SPOT faculty members received funding from the Fonds de Recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS), including three new Junior 1 recipients (Tania Janaudis-Ferreira; Raphael Lencucha; Laurence Roy), and three Senior recipients (Sara Ahmed; Anouk Lamontagne; Isabelle Gagnon). The FRQS Research Scholar and Clinician Research Scholar awards aim to facilitate the recruitment of qualified researchers at either the beginning of their career, or continuing a career in health.
Dr. Richard Preuss has been named to the Faculty Honour list for Educational Excellence, for 2016-2017. The goal of the Faculty Honour List for Educational Excellence is to recognize outstanding contributions to education in the Faculty of Medicine, in the areas of teaching, educational leadership and innovation, faculty development, and research and scholarly activity.
Barbara Shankland, Faculty Lecturer at SPOT 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.