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Dean's Report : Faculty of Health Sciences 2018-2019

One of the things I really look forward to at this time of year is releasing the annual Dean’s Report. This report has come to be a tradition for the Faculty of Health Sciences, and it serves as reminder to pause and recognize all of the fantastic things we’ve achieved in the past year.

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 geriatrician 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.

Dr. Vanner receives national award in bowel disease research

Dr. Stephen Vanner, Director of the Gastrointestinal Diseases Research Unit (GIDRU) at Kingston Health Sciences Centre, Professor of Medicine at Queen’s University, and clinician-scientist, KGH Research Institute, has been named a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS). It is one of Canada’s most prestigious academic honours. Fellows are chosen for their international leadership, academic performance, scientific creativity and willingness to serve.

How a med student changed the course of his education to focus on Indigenous health

This spring, Thomas Dymond, a medical student here at Queen’s, requested a change to the way that students do their upper year clerkships. He asked to complete his 4-month longitudinal integrated clerkship in the Indigenous community of Akwesasne, under the guidance of Dr. Ojistoh Horn, a Mohawk family physician.

Thomas, who is Mi’kmaq from the Bear River First Nation in Nova Scotia, hasn’t always found his path through medical school to be easy. Last year, he took time away from school because of stress, and began to feel uncertain about whether he would complete his MD degree.

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