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Celebrating the impact of health research: April Cinq à Sept Research Talks

Celebrating the impact of health research: April Cinq à Sept Research Talks

From a robot changing the way we understand the brain to the power of collaboration between nurses and midwives, Cinq à Sept Research Talks are back with more personal stories behind the extraordinary health research happening at Queen’s University.

Two compelling, new talks have been added to the Cinq à Sept digital collection.

Dr. Danielle Macdonald (Assistant Professor, School of Nursing) explores the humanityDr. Danielle Macdonald of birth – and the power of collaboration between nurses and midwives. Her research 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. In her talk, “Nurses and midwives: Sharing the humanity of birth,” learn how collaboration can lead to equitable access to midwifery care in Canada and around the world.

Dr. Stephen Scott (Professor, Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences; cross appointed to the Department of Medicine) 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. Also the incoming Vice-Dean Research for Queen’s Health Sciences, Dr. Scott pulls the curtains back on his novel work in his talk, “You can’t fix what you can’t see.” LearnDr. Stephen Scott how his groundbreaking robot allows researchers to perform clinical testing to assess a broad range of brain functions including motor skills, perception, memory, and decision making.

Created by Queen’s Health Sciences, Cinq à Sept Research Talks are inspired by the French tradition of gathering at the end of the workday. Talented researchers headline each Cinq à Sept, which delivers engaging, TED-style talks in front of an audience of students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members. A reception following each Research Talk sparks connection and collaboration – an integral component of the new strategic plan for Queen’s Health Sciences: Radical Collaboration for a Healthier World.


The Cinq à Sept Research Talks run from 5pm to 7pm and are held close to campus to allow participants to shift from work or the classroom to the event before going home. Tickets for the events, while limited, are free and available to QHS students, staff, and faculty – as well as Queen’s alumni and members of the Kingston community – on a first come first served basis. To request a ticket, please add your name to the wait list here.

Apply to give a Research Talk:

Faculty members in Queen’s Health Sciences are invited to apply to speak at a future Cinq à Sept Research Talk. More information can be found here.

Upcoming Cinq à Sept Research Talks:

  • June 14, 2022 - Drs. Charles Hindmarch (Department of Medicine) & Paula James (Department of Medicine)
  • October 2022 - Drs. Afolasade Fakolade (School of Rehabilitation Therapy) & David Maslove (Department of Medicine)
  • November 2022 - Drs. Katie Goldie (School of Nursing) & David Lillicrap (Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine)

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