Project brings patient perspective to health research

Safely transitioning older adults out of a hospital setting to their home can be challenging in a health system that has long been fragmented. But, according to Dr. Cara Brown, assistant professor in the department of occupational therapy, re-envisioning health care with integrated care models can help improve continuity and coordination for patients.

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PT students bring video game rehab projects to India

A new collaboration between the University of Manitoba and SDM University in Dharwad, India is using computer games to enhance rehabilitation for children with Cerebral Palsy (CP) and acquired brain injuries in both Canada and India.

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Workshops aim to strengthen health care research in Manitoba

Increased collaboration among health-care researchers and involvement from policymakers, patients and the community are keys to building primary health care research capacity in Manitoba, the Manitoba Primary & Integrated Healthcare Innovation Network (MPN) reported following a recent two-day workshop.

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Visiting researchers explore emerging technology’s role in health care

In December 2019, the College of Rehabilitation Sciences welcomed two engineering professors from France to discuss advancements in smart home solutions, artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, haptics and virtual reality (VR) for health care.

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Endlessly Occupied

Having one of your greatest career accomplishments come after you’ve retired is uncommon for anyone. But so is staying retired for less than a month. In 2005, Juliette “Archie” Cooper retired after serving for six years as director of what is now the College of Rehabilitation Sciences. She lasted for three weeks before returning to teach in the department of occupational therapy.

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Walking Strong

When physical and psychological barriers keep older adults from walking outdoors, they often experience a decline in physical activity and social interaction. That can ultimately lead to fragility, increased isolation and a decreased quality of life. Dr. Ruth Barclay says many of these barriers can be overcome. 

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Interprofessional curriculum develops Rady Faculty students’ teamwork

Teamwork between the professions in the health sciences plays a major part in providing first-rate health care. When students who are future dentists, dental hygienists, doctors, nurses, pharmacists and rehabilitation therapists work together on interprofessional collaborative care (IPCC) exercises and activities, they’re helping to break down traditional barriers between the professions and learning to work effectively in health-care teams. For the 2019-20 academic year, 591 first-year students and 423 second-year learners at the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences are involved in IPCC activities.

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RT instructor visits CTV News

Department of respiratory therapy instructor Alison Pagsuyuin was recently on CTV News Winnipeg to discuss coughing in children and when parents should be concerned.

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Computer game rehab projects to be featured on CBC program

On Feb. 24, Dr. Jean-Eric Ghia filmed segments for an upcoming episode of a new CBC Radio-Canada French television program on meta-science at the College of Rehabilitation Sciences. For the segments, he interviewed Dr. Tony Szturm, Dr. Ed Giesbrecht and Dr. Jacquie Ripat about their research projects that use various computer and video game technology for rehabilitation purposes.

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Open House 2020

The College of Rehabilitation Sciences welcomed over 150 visitors to its annual Open House on Jan. 19.

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Amanda Thomas

Congratulations to Amanda Thomas, who was successful in obtaining the permanent part-time Classroom Equipment Technician position. She has been working in this position for the last few months and we are happy to have her on board officially.

Kavisha Mehta

Congratulations to Kavisha Mehta, who was successful in obtaining the one-year project part-time classroom equipment technician position. She is also a familiar face and has been working in this position for the last few months. 

Diana Sanchez-Ramirez

Dr. Diana Sanchez-Ramirez joined the department of respiratory therapy as an assistant professor on Jan. 2, 2020. She was previously in the role of research director at the Office of Continuing Competency at the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences since 2017. Her current research program aims to enhance quality of life and participation among people with respiratory disease, and to advance in the field of respiratory care. Her research methodology encompasses mixed methods and quantitative approaches involving surveys, patient clinical evaluation, performance measures, medical records, and health data linkage from administrative databases. She has a joint master’s degree in public health from Copenhagen University, Denmark and Granada University, Spain, and a joint doctorate in biomedical sciences from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands. She completed her postdoctoral training in the Injury Prevention Centre at the University of Alberta.

Clare Vanstone

As of Jan. 6, Clare Vanstone has been hired to help with the front desk reception duties while some other support staff re-shuffling occurs. Her hours are 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Congratulations to the College of Rehabilitation Sciences faculty members on the research and scholarly accomplishments that have been reported to us over the past few months.


Dr. Joanne Parsons, assistant professor in the department of physical therapy, recently received the 2019 Women’s Professional Development Scholarship from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Foundation. The scholarship is designed to support a female with an NSCA professional membership and pays for Parsons to attend the NSCA annual conference in Las Vegas, Nevada July 8 - 11. 


CIHR Catalyst Grant: Patient-Oriented ResearchBrown, C., Thille, P., Edwards, J., Ganann, R., Katz, A., Mitchell, L., Sethi, V., Turcotte, D., Allison, T.  Extending the safety net: How can interprofessional primary care teams facilitate successful hospital discharges? ($74,413)

CIHR Project Scheme Grant Competition  Salbach, N.M., Bayley, M., Barclay, R., Fung, J., Jones, C.A., Sveistrup, H., Teasell R.  Increasing access to community-based task-oriented exercise programs through healthcare-recreation partnerships to improve function for people with balance and mobility limitations: A multi-site randomized controlled trial ($761,176)   

Manitoba Medical Services Operating GrantThille, P. The swarm at the clinic door: Developing methods to study multiple, co-existing practice change attempts in Canadian primary care clinics ($30,000)

60th Anniversary

1960 - 2020

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the opening of the School of Medical Rehabilitation, now the College of Rehabilitation Sciences. We will be hosting different activities for alumni and current students during the week of Homecoming in September. Stay tuned for more details!

Job Fair 2020

Our annual Job Fair will take place March 9. Last year, about 200 students attended the CoRS and 14 vendors took part, including eight from Manitoba, four from Ontario and one each from Saskatchewan and Alberta.

Monday, March 9
11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Brodie Centre

Winter Awards Luncheon

Thursday, March 19, 2020
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Canad Inns Health Sciences Centre, Ambassador Room A

Illuminate Speaker Series

Developing a culturally safe process of embedding First Nations health in occupational therapy and social work curriculum

Presenter: Dr. Nerida Hyett

Dr. Nerida Hyett is a lecturer and advisor in occupational therapy at the La Trobe Rural Health School of La Trobe University, the largest rural health school in Australia. She has expertise in participation-based research methods that involve consumer and community participation using co-design and co-production. Her teaching scholarship is interlinked, and is focused on how to develop allied health graduates cultural capabilities, which are critical for working with socially and culturally diverse communities including with First Nations peoples.

Monday, March 23
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. |  Apotex Centre, Room 071

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Augmented Human International Conference

The college is proud to host the 11th edition of the Augmented Human Conference 2020. The conference focuses on scientific contributions towards augmenting human capabilities through technology for increased quality of life and enjoyable experiences. Accepted papers will be published in the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) International Conference Proceedings Series (ICPS), and in the Augmented Human Research Journal.

May 27 - 29, 2020
Manitoba Room, Fort Garry Campus

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