Kiga mamo anokimin onji minoayawin

On March 25-26, the College of Rehabilitation Sciences hosted its third annual Kiga mamo anokimin onji minoayawin retreat at the Viscount Gort Hotel. The retreat featured updates on projects in our partner communities – Bloodvein First Nation, Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, Misipawistik Cree Nation, Lake Manitoba First Nation, Little Saskatchewan First Nation, Norway House Cree Nation, Pinaymootang First Nation and Sagkeeng First Nation – and a keynote address by Dr. Yury Sumarokov, head of the department of international cooperation at Northern State Medical University in Arkhangelsk, Russia. 

The retreat kicked off Sumarokov’s two-week visit to Manitoba, where he discussed suicide and suicide prevention in Russia’s indigenous communities at campus lectures and met with members of the partnership communities.

“I met people with different background and status, old and young, Elders, chiefs, professionals and simple people from the street,” he said. “I was really surprised that the problems are similar here, even though the communities and countries are thousands of miles away from each other.”

Click to view a video from the retreat, which also included a drum circle led by John Salgado.  

Researchers seek insight on HIV care in the North

A new interdisciplinary project aims to understand the differences between HIV care for Indigenous people living in northern Manitoba First Nations communities and in Winnipeg. Dr. Gayle Restall, associate professor in the OT department, and Dr. Linda Larcombe, associate professor, internal medicine, Max Rady College of Medicine, received a three-year operating grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for their project titled Mapping the Journey.

Click to read more.

Factors in healthy aging

Dr. Ruth Barclay, associate professor in the PT department, is one of two Rady Faculty of Health Sciences researchers who recently received funding to investigate aspects that impact healthy aging through funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA).

Click to read article.

Personal finance a taboo subject in health care

In January 2019, Dr. Lisa Engel joined the College of Rehabilitation Sciences as assistant professor in the OT department, where her research focuses on the financial management and financial well-being of adults living with cognitive impairment. For years she did not have an interest in finance and did not see it becoming part of her career in health care. But that changed about 10 years ago.

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Team OT races for cerebral palsy

A team of OT students raised $978 for the Cerebral Palsy Association of Manitoba by taking part in the group’s 30th Annual Bike Race on March 9. The members of Team OT included Carrie Mandryk, Harry Deol, Tess Rowson, Meagan Korell, Carmine Laoand and Rambel Palsis (not pictured: Danielle Diona and Ephriam Hui). In total, 50 teams of cyclists raced to raise over $185,791. Funds help the association raise awareness, fund research, undertake advocacy and work to make the lives of 2,500 Manitobans living with cerebral palsy just a little bit easier.

Emerging Leader Awards

Congratulations to Kinza Hayat and Rachel Veitch, two second-year RT students who were announced as 2019 recipients of the U of M's Emerging Leader Award

"Such an award makes me very proud of what I have accomplished, and it also motivates me to continue to be passionate and engaged in the community," said Veitch, who is looking forward to participating in leadership or service-related opportunities in the future.

Hayat added that to be a leader means to be humble and motivate and inspire others to meet their goals. "I especially encourage women to come forward and become leaders of their own life," she said.

Hospital simulation emphasizes teamwork, collaboration

Two labs at the Helen Glass Centre for Nursing on the Fort Garry Campus were recently transformed into a simulated hospital for Interprofessional Education (IPE) Day Shift, an annual event that gives students in health-related fields the opportunity to play the role of both caregiver and patient in a hospital setting. The workshop brought together 65 students from the Colleges of Rehabilitation Sciences, Nursing, Pharmacy and the Max Rady College of Medicine.

“It’s kind of a double-bang value, because they get to learn from the other professions – what their roles would be and what it’s like in an inpatient unit. But on the other hand, they’re getting a chance to display to the other interdisciplinary team members what their role is,” said Lisa Diamond-Burchuk, instructor in the OT department.

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TEAM Wheel highlighted on CTV News

Dr. Ed Giesbrecht, associate professor in the OT department, recently appeared on CTV News Winnipeg to discuss the TEAM Wheel program, which brings people with mobility issues together with peer trainers. The project recently received over $566,000 in funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Click to view the report.

Job Fair 2019

About 200 students attended the CoRS annual Job Fair on March 11. Fourteen vendors took part, including eight from Manitoba, four from Ontario and one each from Saskatchewan and Alberta.

“The thing that’s cool about Job Fair is that vendors are coming from around the province and outside the province, so it gives you a chance to connect with people from outside of Winnipeg,” said Becca Krahn (pictured), a second year MPT student. “It’s just a good experience to get your name out there.”

CoRS Winter Awards Luncheon

The College of Rehabilitation Sciences held its winter awards luncheon on Jan. 24 at the Ambassador Room at Canad Inn, Health Sciences Centre. Click for photos and awards listing.

Cara Brown

Dr. Cara Brown has been hired into a full-time tenure track assistant professor position effective May 1, 2019. Brown is a proud three-time University of Manitoba graduate. Her PhD, completed in the department of community health sciences, looked at how integrated care can improve and reduce health-care transitions between hospital and home for older adults. She aims to integrate her research and 20 years of clinical experience as an occupational therapist in primary care to propel improvement in care transition.

Amine Choukou 

Dr. Mohamed-Amine Choukou, assistant professor in the OT department, was recently profiled by AGE-WELL, a national network that aims to help older Canadians maintain their independence, health and quality of life through technologies and services. Click to read the profile.

Lisa Diamond-Burchuk

OT instructor Lisa Diamond-Burchuk was selected by the Manitoba Society of Occupational Therapists (MSOT) to receive the Outstanding Occupational Therapy Award for her contributions on building and growing OT and primary care.

Lisa Engel

Congratulations to Dr. Lisa Engel, assistant professor in the OT department, and family, on the birth of daughter Elsie Ann Merry, born April 4, 2019.

Susan Hales

Susan Hales, OT instructor and course coordinator, was recently selected as the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) Fieldwork Educator of the Year for Manitoba. 

Natalie MacLeod-Schroeder 

Dr. Natalie MacLeod-Schroeder, director of clinician assessment programs and OT instructor, was recently selected as the Scientific Program Committee Chair for the CAOT Conference (2020-2021).

Puck Mai

Congratulations to RT instructor Phucquoc "Puck" Mai on the birth of his son, Felix Quinn, born March, 18 2019.

Nancy Ryan-Arbez 

Nancy Ryan-Arbez is retiring from the PT department effective June 30. Ryan-Arbez started at the U of M in 2003 as a sessional instructor. She has been working full time with the department since 2006. She was highly involved in curriculum development and initiation of new and evolved teaching strategies and principles. She has been an instrumental faculty member in taking the department forward at the graduate level (MPT) and preparing for the upcoming accreditation with the Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada. 

Natalie Scofield-Singh

Farewell to Natalie Scofield-Singh, administrative coordinator for fieldwork/clinical placements, who moved to a position at the College of Pharmacy in January 2019.

Alexandria Simms

Congratulations to Alexandria Simms, sessional instructor in the OT department, and Jonathan Kennedy (CATL) on the birth of their daughter, Michaela Arina Simms Kennedy, born Jan. 17, 2019. 

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

Ahmadi, S., Wu, C., Sepehri, N., Kantikar, A., Nankar, M., Szturm, T. (2019) The Effects of Aging and Dual Tasking on Human Gait Complexity During Treadmill Walking: A Comparative Study Using Quantized Dynamical Entropy and Sample Entropy. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering

DeVos, G. & Leclair, L. Meal preparation group value, meaning and use for mental health inpatient clients. (2019) British Journal of Occupational Therapy

Choukou, M.A., Best, K.L., Craven, B.C., Hitzig, S.L. Identifying and classifying quality of life tools for assessing Neurologic Bowel Dysfunction after Spinal Cord Injury. (2019) Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation

Click to read more.

Congratulations to Dr. Gayle Restall on her successful application to the CIHR Operating Grant – HIV/AIDS CBR Program – Indigenous competition for a project entitled Mapping the journey: Developing culturally appropriate, geographically-responsive HIV care for northern Manitoba First Nations People. Her team received $445,423 over three years (see above story for more details).

Congratulations to Dr. Amine Choukou on his successful application to the Mitacs Accelerate Funding Program for his project entitled Development and implementation of a haptic-enabled multimodal robotic platform for upper-limb fine motor skills retraining. Choukou, along with his partner organization Tactile Robotics Ltd., received $135,000 over three years to support a postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Ali Maddahi.

Congratulations to Dr. Amine Choukou on his successful application to the Riverview Health Centre research competition for his project entitled A platform for posture and body language recognition in patients with dementia. Amine received $13,600 over one year to work on his project.

Click to see a list of faculty members that have received grants and awards over the past months.

Illuminate Speaker Series:

E-health Solutions

Description, analysis and critique of five mobile health apps for rehabilitation sciences professionals

Speaker: Katie Dyck

Katie Dyck is a physiotherapy graduate from the University of Manitoba with over 16 years of experience in private practice. In 2009 she started using an electronic medical record (EMR) in her practice and immediately saw the benefits of using digital health tools to improve efficiency, quality of care and patient outcomes. She currently works in the Primary Care Information Systems Office at Digital Health, Shared Health. 

Wednesday, May 22
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Room 264, Apotex Centre

National Science Writers Conference

Attendees from the National Science Writers Conference will visit the College of Rehabilitation Sciences as part of their pre-conference tour. Interactive stations will be set up and we are partnering with the Biomedical Association of Manitoba (BAM) to bring in some external companies also doing cutting edge rehab work.

Thursday, May 23
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | 3rd floor, Rehabilitation Hospital, 800 Sherbrook Street

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CoRS Student Research Symposium

Keynote speaker: Dr. Patty Thille

Dr. Patty Thille, assistant professor in the PT department, studies health services and health professions education, especially in relation to health disparities and human suffering. Her work focuses on stigmatization, health behaviour change, and chronic disease management in primary care and rehabilitation settings.

The keynote address will be followed by research presentations by OT, PT, RT and MSc Rehabilitation students.

Wednesday, June 19
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Frederic Gaspard Theatre 

Illuminate Speaker Series:

Biomechanics: Lower Costs and Higher Accuracy

Speaker: Dr. Nestor Perez Mallada

Dr. Nestor Perez Mallada is a physical therapist, master in health law and doctor in biomedicine and health sciences. In 2009 he joined the San Juan de Dios University School of Nursing and Physical Therapy of the Pontifical University Comillas as head of physiotherapy studies. He is currently the technical director of the Clinical Biomechanics and Physiotherapy Research Unit. His main lines of research are clinical biomechanics and physiotherapy, instrumental biomechanics, sport physiotherapy and functional evaluation.

Tuesday, June 25
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Room 264, Apotex Centre