Dr. Jane Gillett Award

LINC study co-investigator Michelle Villeneauve receives the Dr. Jane Gillett award on behalf of Dr. Tanya Packer and Dr. Joan Versnel

Congratulations to Dr. Tanya Packer and Dr. Joan Versnel of the School of Occupational Therapy who are the recipients of the 2012 Dr. Jane Gillett, MD Research Award.  Named for Dr. Jane Gillett – a paediatric neurologist who was a pioneer in programs for children with brain injury and championed programs for community integration across the globe – the award is granted to an individual or organization for their outstanding contribution in research to advance the cause of acquired brain injury in Canada.  Tanya and Joan received the award in recognition of their work on the LINC study, which strives to understand the impact of a neurological condition on everyday life.  Composed of three studies – a population study, a cohort study and a qualitative multiple perspective case study – the results will contribute to the National Populations Study of Neurological Conditions that aims to predict the burden of the disease 5, 10 and 20 years into the future in Canada.

Connecting Public Health and Primary Care

Think Tank participants (L-R) - Kristin MacLellan, Ruth Martin-Meisner, Linda Young, Patricia Austin, Ruta Valaitis, Lisa Grandy, Fred Burge, Donna Meagher-Stewart, Paula English. (Photo - Nick Pearce)

As part of the project, “Strengthening Primary Health Care through Primary Health Care and Public Health Collaboration,” Dalhousie recently hosted a Think Tank that brought together more than 65 policy makers, representatives from national and provincial organizations, administrators, educators, researchers, managers and front-line staff from across Nova Scotia. The project is sponsored by the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation and is led by Ruta Valatis of McMaster University. Donna Meagher-Stewart (Nursing) is Nova Scotia site lead and Ruth Martin-Meisner (Nursing) is a co-investigator on the project. To learn more, read the story in DalNews.

Student Congratulations – Scotia Scholarships

The Scotia Scholarship is a funding opportunity available under the NSHRF Research Trainee Funding Program. It is intended to provide financial support to high caliber trainees engaged in health research related academic study at Nova Scotia universities.  The goal of the Scotia Scholarship is to support the development of the next generation of highly qualified health researchers and leaders in the Nova Scotia

The goal of the Scotia Scholarship is to support the development of the next generation of highly qualified health researchers and leaders in the Nova Scotia health research enterprise.


2012-2013 Funded Recipients (Doctorate Level)

Robert J. Allan
Interdisciplinary PhD Program
Faculty of Graduate Studies
Supervisor: Lynne Robinson

Rebecca Earle
School of Nursing
Faculty of Health Professions
Supervisor: Margot Latimer

Annette Elliott Rose
School of Nursing
Faculty of Health Professions
Supervisor: Gail Tomblin Murphy


2012-2013 Funded Recipients (Master Level)

Elizabeth Burrows
School of Health and Human Performance
Faculty of Health Professions
Supervisors: Angela Thompson and Melanie Keats

Jennifer Finbow
School of Human Communication Disorders
Faculty of Health Professions
Supervisor: Rachel Caissie

Tarra Penney
School of Health and Human Performance
Faculty of Health Professions
Supervisor: Sara Kirk

Kendra Read
Applied Human Nutrition
Professional Studies (MSVU)
Supervisors: Patricia Williams and Sara Kirk

Bonita Squires
School of Human Communication Disorders
Faculty of Health Professions
Supervisors: Elizabeth Kay-Raining Bird

Iwona A. Tatarkiewicz
School of Health and Human Performance
Faculty of Health Professions
Supervisor: Susan Hutchinson

Faculty Congratulations – Dr. Shaun Boe

Dr. Shaun Boe


Congratulations to Dr. Shaun Boe (School of Physiotherapy and Department of Psychiatry) who has been awarded the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Research Scholarship for New Career Scientists.   Dr. Boe has been given this prestigious scholarship in recognition of his work in examining basic and clinical aspects of rehabilitation to optimize functional recovery post-stroke with mentor Gail Eskes (Department of Psychiatry).

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Research Scholarship is a salary award intended for applicants with a Masters and/or Doctorate degree and with credential(s) in a regulated accredited health discipline.  The objective is to attract and foster cardiovascular or cerebrovascular investigators from a variety of health disciplines.  Each application is considered to be a joint submission by the applicant and the identified mentor.

To learn more about this award, read the full story on the PT Matters blog.

Scientist Knowledge Translation Training (SKTT) Workshop


Do you want to improve your skills for developing KT plans in research?

Do you want to learn new strategies for communicating your research findings to specific audiences and through the media?

Do you want your research to have more of an impact on policy?


The Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF) and the Atlantic Health Promotion Research Centre (AHPRC) at Dalhousie University will host a two day practice-oriented Knowledge Translation (KT) training workshop in Halifax, NS on August 27-28, 2012.

The workshop will help researchers, KT professionals and educators to develop fundamental skills and competencies around creating and implementing a KT plan that will:

  • improve research impact
  • promote research utilization
  • ensure that research findings reach the appropriate audiences

Course instructors:

Melanie Barwick, Ph.D., C.Psych is a Registered Psychologist with a primary role as a health Systems Scientist in the Community Health Systems Resource Group at The Hospital for Sick Children. She is an Associate Scientist and inaugural Director of Knowledge Translation for the Child Health and Evaluative Sciences program of the Research Institute with appointments in Psychiatry and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.

Donna Lockett, Ph.D., is a knowledge broker and knowledge translation specialist, most recently for the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Donna previously worked for the Community Health Research Team at the University of Ottawa as a senior research associate.

Monday, August 27 and Tuesday, August 28, 2012

8:30 am - 4:30 pm Halifax, NS (Exact location TBA) 

Course registration is limited to 25 participants.  Please register your interest in participating by April 27, 2012 on the NSHRF website. http://www.sickkids.ca/Learning/AbouttheInstitute/Programs/Knowledge-Translation/Scientist-Knowledge-Translation-Training-Workshop/Scientist-Knowledge-Tranlation-Training-Workshop.html

A registration fee of approximately $150 per serson will be charged to help offset workship costs.

For additional details about the Scientist KT Training workshop visit the website.


Contact Linda Waterhouse, NSHRF at linda.waterhouse@gov.ns.ca or by phone at (902) 424-4537.


Extended Care Paramedic Study

Jan Jensen, lecturer with the School of Health Administration and the Division of EMS (Department of Emergency Medicine) and Research Leader for Emergency Health Services, was the lead researcher on two studies on the Extended Care Paramedic Program.  The first, a three month pilot study, examined dispatch determinants and transport outcomes of emergency calls at Halifax nursing homes, attended to by Extended Care Paramedics or standard emergency paramedics.  In that small study, an absolute risk reduction of transport to the emergency department of 48.7% was found when patients saw the ECPs.  That study was presented in January 2012 at the National Association of EMS Physicians conference in Tuscon Arizona.

The second study was a qualitative study which explored the implementation and operation of such a novel paramedic long-term care program.  Front line emergency paramedics, emergency medical dispatchers, managers, physicians and extended care paramedics were interviewed in a series of focus groups.  This study, along with the pilot study, have been accepted for presentation at the upcoming Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians conference in June 2012 in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

These studies were funded by the Dalhousie University Network for End of Life Studies (CIHR) and Emergency Health Services Operation Management.  A larger study has been planned in collaboration with Dr. Emily Marshall, which will examine the effect of the Extended Care Paramedic program on outcomes such as clinical care, safety and system impact.  Please contact Jan with any questions about these research studies: jljensen@emci.ca

Dr. Jacqueline Gahagan inducted into NSHRF Decade Club

Dr. Jacqueline Gahagan

Congratulations to Dr. Jacqueline Gahagan of the School of Health and Human Performance who will be inducted into the NSHRF Decade Club at a ceremony on February 8th, 2012.  The Decade Club recognizes individuals who have had an ongoing relationship with the NSHRF for 10 consecutive years, and have fostered and supported the NSHRF and the Nova Scotia health research community through serving as a volunteer, participating in NSHRF programs, holding an award and mentoring others.

Limiting Unknowns in Taking Prescription Drugs

Dr. Ingrid Sketris

Dr. Ingrid Sketris (College of Pharmacy) is one of 60 researchers across Canada collaborating in various projects over the next five years examining the safety and effectiveness of prescription drugs once they’ve been made available to the public. Dalhousie has been awarded $1.975 million for their part in this project, which is being led by Dr. Adrian Levy in the Faculty of Medicine.

To learn more about this research, refer to the DalNews story.

ACEWH hosts CIHR Cafe Scientifique

Panelists Barbara Clow, Blye Frank, and Jim Oulton discuss sex, gender, health, and well-being at the Company House, Halifax, NS

The Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health (ACEWH) hosted an open event on the topic of “Sex or Gender? What difference does it make?” on September 19, 2011 at the Company House in Halifax.  The event was funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research’s (CIHR’s) Cafe Scientifique initiative.  In a relaxed and welcoming environment moderated by Jennifer Bernier of the ACEWH, three panelists came together to talk about sex, gender, health and well being.  The panelists included:

  • Jim Oulton, a Clinical Therapist who worked with Capital Health Community Mental Health Services in Halifax for more than 17 years and now works in BC reviewing Vancouver Coastal Health’s Transgender Health Program;
  • Blye Frank, Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia and former Professor and Head of the Division of Medical Education at Dalhousie University;
  • Barbara Clow, Executive Director of the ACEWH and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Professions.

The dialogue focused on the importance of framing sex as a continuum rather than within a restricted binary of male or female.  Through examples from their work, Dr. Clow illustrated the effectiveness of sex- and gender-based analysis in strengthening health research and practice.  Dr. Frank talked about the need to break down historic research biases that presume ‘male as the norm’ both with regard to gender dimensions as well by asking ‘which male is the norm?’ and how we can gather data from socially and economically diverse populations.  In addition, Mr. Oulton identified the importance of inclusive health provision for patients who self-identify as neither or both male and female.  The energetic and engaged  audience was comprised of 55 students, researchers, and community members.  To learn more about the ACEWH, visit www.acewh.dal.ca and be sure to check out our new Sex- and Gender-Based Analysis (SGBA) e-Learning Resource: Rising to the Challenge at www.sgba-resource.ca.