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Dean's Report : Faculty of Health Sciences 2017-2018

Power of Team Work

When I was away from campus on academic leave (sabbatical) between January and June this year, Dr. Chris Simpson served as the acting dean, and he kept me updated on all the major developments in the Faculty of Health Sciences. In our conversations, I was always pleased to hear how well things were going. Our new educational programs were launching successfully. Our faculty members were conducting impactful research. And our student satisfaction levels continued to be extraordinarily high.

Dr. Angela Garcia receives posthumous award

The late Dr. Angela Garcia is the recipient of the 2019 Irma M. Parhad award for Excellence from the Consortium of Canadian Centres for Clinical Cognitive Research (C5R). Dr. Garcia, a neurologist and Professor, retired from the Department of Medicine in 2015. She was a passionate advocate for patient wellness, and along with her many achievements, she developed a rich research portfolio that included investigations of cognition and various biomarkers or predictors of dementia. She created and implemented training modules for family doctors for earlier detection of mild dementia.

Drs. Tricia Cottrell and Anna Panchenko receive Investigator Awards from OICR.

Out of three new Investigator Awards announced by the Ontario Institute of Cancer Research (OICR), two have been awarded to Queen’s researchers, Dr. Tricia Cottrell and Dr. Anna Panchenko.

Diabetes on the rise in First Nations populations

New report shows the disease has reached an all-time high within Canada’s First Nations communities, impact on children is concerning.

A first-of-its-kind, First Nations-specific report, co-authored by Queen’s University professor Michael Green, shows the number of First Nations people in Ontario living with diabetes is at an all-time high at 14.1 per cent.

According to the report, developed jointly by the Chiefs of Ontario (COO) and ICES, the increase is particularly concerning as there is a rising, disproportionate number of First Nations children affected by diabetes.

Testing new models of care to address the challenge of low back pain

Low back pain is a common experience. An estimated 75-85% of people will experience some form of back pain during their lifetime. For the majority, it will improve quickly, but about half will experience recurrences within a year. For many, low back pain can lead to suffering and disability that interferes with participation in usual life roles and activities. In fact, Global burden of disease studies provide evidence that low back pain is the leading contributor to years lived with disability worldwide.

Dr. Joan Tranmer appointed as Sally Smith Chair, School of Nursing

Dean Richard Reznick and Dr. Erna Snelgrove-Clarke are pleased to announce that Tom Harris, Interim Provost and Principal (Academic) at Queen’s University, has appointed Dr. Joan Tranmer as Sally Smith Chair, School of Nursing. Her 32-month term begins November 1, 2019.

Dean Reznick would like to extend his sincere thanks to Dr. Elizabeth VanDenKerkhof for her service and leadership as past Sally Smith Chair.

The #NursesAre campaign: from class assignment to passion project

When Melissa Spadafora and Shannon Greer were given an assignment to develop a method to recruit young people to nursing in their final year of the Undergraduate Nursing Accelerated Standing Track (AST) program, they didn’t expect the assignment to turn into a passion project.

Training our OT students to solve problems through an innovative classroom space

For many of us, it’s easy to take for granted the daily activities that can be performed without difficulty. Most of us never think twice about our ability to cook dinner, wash the dishes, have a shower, or write an email.

But for those who experience difficulties performing daily tasks, the impact can be significant.

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