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Cinq à Sept Research Talks showcase the powerful, personal stories behind the groundbreaking health research happening at Queen’s University.

The series spotlights innovative research with engaging, TED-style talks in front of an audience of students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members. Talented researchers headline each Cinq à Sept – offering a unique, intimate view into the passions and goals that drive their work.

Cinq à Sept is inspired by the French tradition of gathering at the end of the workday. A reception following each Research Talk sparks connection and collaboration – an integral component of the new Strategic Plan for Health Sciences: Radical Collaboration for a Healthier World.

The Cinq à Sept is an opportunity to tell the compelling stories of our research – research that is changing the world," says Jane Philpott, Dean, Queen’s Health Sciences

Dr. Danielle Macdonald, Dr. Stephen Scott, and Dean Jane Philpott

Dr. Danielle Macdonald, Dr. Stephen Scott, and Dean Jane Philpott

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Dr. Stephen Scott

"You can’t fix what you can’t see"

Dr. Stephen Scott
Professor, Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences (cross appointed to the Department of Medicine) 
Incoming Vice Dean Research for Queen’s Health Sciences

Dr. Scott stars in the role of researcher – and inventor – in this exploration of the impact of his robot, Kinarm, which is changing the way we understand the brain. The groundbreaking robot allows researchers to perform clinical testing to assess a broad range of brain functions including motor skills, perception, memory, and decision making.

Trained in systems designs engineering, and with a background in physiology, Dr. Scott has combined two areas of expertise into something incredible. Kinarm is used to assess neurological impairments related to stroke, MS, ALS, Transient Ischemic Attacks, Parkinson’s disease, kidney dialysis, and more. 

Dr. Scott holds the GSK Chair in Neuroscience and has won several awards for innovative research. He is widely respected in Canada as a forward thinker and a team researcher, with a huge number of collaborations across disciplines; you’ll see why through his Research Talk.

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Dr. Danielle Macdonald

"Nurses and midwives: Sharing the humanity of birth"

Dr. Danielle Macdonald
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Registered Nurse

The humanity of birth – and the power of collaboration between nurses and midwives – is front and centre in Dr. Macdonald’s research. She takes us on a journey through the experiences of global birthing care as it relates to midwifery, nursing, women and birthing people, and their families.

Dr. Macdonald is interested in how midwives, nurses, and other health-care providers collaborate, and how collaboration can lead to equitable access to midwifery care in Canada and around the world. To that end, she has been involved in research with nursing and midwifery colleagues in Canada, Tanzania, Nigeria, and Qatar.

Framed by her own wealth of clinical experience in postnatal care, her passion for birth and person-centered care shines through in her revelatory Research Talk.

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Dr. Mohammad Auais

"The Power of Stories: Using Podcasts to Treat Ageism"

Dr. Mohammad Auais
Assistant Professor, School of Rehabilitation Therapy 
Registered physical therapist

From the clinic to the classroom, Dr. Auais understands how common ageism is in our health system, and society. He also firmly believes that better healthcare starts with better health education.

That vision led Dr. Auais to create GeroCast, a pilot project to examine whether storytelling can motivate students to care for older patients. His class explored real cases in a podcast – each episode focused on one powerful patient interview. The unique teaching method proved widely effective at improving students’ attitudes towards learning about, and working with, older adults. 

Dr. Auais’ research expertise includes geriatric rehabilitation, mobility, community-based intervention, and observational studies. Two unifying goals run through his work: the optimization of care and better patient outcomes. 

In his Research Talk, Dr. Auais takes us to the place where the patient experience truly begins to take shape: in students’ hearts and minds. Discover how changing their attitudes may hold the key to improving the health of older patients.

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Dr. Annette Hay

"On Gratitude, Impatience, and Cell Therapy"

Dr. Annette Hay 
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Senior Investigator with the Canadian Cancer Trials Group (CCTG)

Dr. Hay is a hematologist and clinician scientist exploring CAR T-cell therapy, a revolutionary way of treating cancer.

In her talk, Dr. Hay has us imagine a world where cancer can be cured by a person’s own immune system. Instead of chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery, the work is done by a patient’s immune blood cells – removed, engineered to recognize cancer, and returned to the body. 

Dr. Hay’s work with the Canadian Cancer Trials Group at Queen’s could help make that vision a reality. Her role as Senior Investigator includes testing new types of cell therapy products and new means of manufacturing them. Her areas of expertise also include hematological malignancies, data sharing, health economics, and adolescents and young adults with cancer. 

Dr. Hay is committed to discovering new, groundbreaking approaches to treating cancer – and her Research Talk outlines the promise of cell therapy as a future game-changer. 

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Dr. Christopher Booth

"The Emperor Has No Clothes: Finding Our Way Again in Cancer Care"

Dr. Chris Booth
Professor, Department of Oncology, Department of Public Health Sciences
Canada Research Chair in Population Cancer Care

An internationally-recognized cancer researcher and medical oncologist, Dr. Booth is uniquely positioned to explain how our health systems – and patient care – can be dramatically improved. He presents cancer care’s biggest challenges and solutions, drawing upon groundbreaking research in the value, access, and quality of cancer care in Canada and globally.

Dr. Booth serves as part of the World Health Organization’s Essential Medicine List Cancer Working Group and as an Advisor (Health Services Research) to the National Cancer Grid of India. In his clinical practice, he provides care to patients with gastrointestinal cancers.

From his research focus to his frontline duties, Dr. Booth is a determined advocate for compassion and quality in cancer care.

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Dr. Mary Ann McColl

"The Ten Stories: Intergenerational Conversations"

Dr. Mary Ann McColl

Professor, School of Rehabilitation Therapy
Associate Director, Health Services Research and Policy Institute

Patient advocacy is at the forefront of Dr. McColl’s research – whether her primary work around people with disabilities or her special Ten Stories project, which helps caregivers better understand and connect to their older loved ones.

Caregivers may lament them, but there is power and purpose in the stories older people tell over and over again – and there really are just 10 stories they tell repeatedly. Based on interviews with caregivers, her research has found that the values and symbols in those retold stories hold the secret to making our loved ones feel validated, remembered and understood in the late stages of their lives – and can help us connect to our loved ones on a deeper level.  

A professor in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy and the Department of Public Health Sciences, Dr. McColl is nationally recognized for her expertise on disability. A prolific writer who has authored 16 books, Dr. McColl’s research interests include health services and policy, community integration and social support, and rehabilitation.

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