CIHR funds TEAM Wheel research

Ed Giesbrecht, assistant professor in the OT department, received over $566,000 from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) in January for his evaluation of a peer-led e-health wheelchair skills training program.

The funding for TEAM Wheel was part of over $10.5 million invested in U of M researchers by the CIHR.

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Fundraiser goes a long way for Main Street Project

Students observed National OT Month in October by raising $1,300 for Main Street Project, a shelter that offers support to local people experiencing homelessness.

“We are very grateful to the occupational therapy students for selecting Main Street Project as their charity of choice for OT Month,” said Cindy Titus, the organization’s communications and fund development coordinator. “The fundraising they did was incredible and goes a long way for an agency like ours. Main Street Project relies heavily on donations, so events like this are crucial to us.”

Ride raises funds for diabetes research 

It was a spirited lunch hour in Brodie Atrium at the Bannatyne campus on Nov. 14, as staff and students sweated their way through a high-energy fundraiser for JDRF Canada, an organization that funds type 1 diabetes research. 

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Open House 2019

On Jan. 20, over 200 people attended the CoRS Open House at the Bannatyne campus.

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Resizing Stigma

Anti-fat stigmatization is a common problem in Canada’s health-care system, but one that is preventable, says Dr. Patty Thille, assistant professor of physical therapy.

Click for article in the Winter 2018 issue of RadyUM magazine.

Key Strength

Joanne Parsons has always loved sports. That passion has developed into a career in injury-prevention research for both athletes and non-athletes. 

Click for article in the Winter 2018 issue of RadyUM magazine.

Ken Chambers

Our condolences to the family of Ken Chambers, who passed away on Dec. 26, 2018. An obituary has been published in the Winnipeg Free Press. Please be advised that Denise Mackey will take over the role of respiratory therapy acting department head as of Feb. 1.

Louise Chartrand

Louise Chartrand joined the department of respiratory therapy on Jan. 1 as an assistant professor. She completed respiratory therapy training at the College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario and has degrees in sociology, psychology and anthropology and a PhD in sociology from the University of Ottawa.  

Lisa Diamond-Burchuk

OT instructor Lisa Diamond-Burchuk recently discussed the growth of occupational therapy in mental health treatment in a CBC Manitoba news article. She was also recently interviewed on CBC Maritime Noon (she is introduced at minute 12:35).

Lisa Engel

Lisa Engel joined the department of occupational therapy on Jan. 1 as an assistant professor. She completed her OT training at the University of Toronto in 2007 and then worked at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital for five years in various acute, rehabilitation and outpatient care roles. Her research examines financial management and financial well-being for adults living with cognitive impairments secondary to various health/diagnostic conditions.

The goals of the Education Research and Scholarship Cluster, led by Ruth Barclay and Archie Cooper, are to identify common course and instructor evaluation procedures across RT, OT and PT programs and professional health sciences programs at the University of Manitoba, and to sponsor a visiting professor to share research and teaching knowledge of course and instructor evaluation. The cluster has invited Gregory Hum from the University of Toronto (pictured) to give two upcoming presentations on campus:  Redesigning Course Evaluations in the Rehabilitation Sciences on Feb. 14 and Cascaded Course Evaluations Framework on Feb. 15.

Several recent publications feature contributions from our faculty. Among these are:

Merali S., Cameron J.I., Barclay R., Salbach, N.M. (2019).  Experiences of people with stroke and multiple sclerosis and caregivers of a community exercise program involving a healthcare-recreation partnership. Disability and Rehabilitation.

Leclair, L., Ali, S & Finlayson, M. (2018). Creating opportunities for occupational development using the Concern Report Method. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy.

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Faculty members that have received grants and awards over the past months include:

University of Manitoba Indigenous Initiatives FundBeach Ducharme, D. and Leclair, L. Increasing the number of Indigenous occupational, physical and respiratory therapists and preparing culturally safe practitioners in the College of Rehabilitation Sciences. ($49,262)

University of Manitoba Collaborative Research Program – Thompson G., Funk L., Roger K., St. John P., Doupe M., Smith M., Penner J., Luo H., Webber, S., Lengyel C. Unpacking perceptions of nursing home care: informing the function and purpose of nursing homes in the changing landscape of health care. ($25,000)

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College of Rehabilitation Sciences Job Fair

March 11, 2019

Hosted by the College of Rehabilitation Sciences Students Association.

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