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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.

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.

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