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Translation and Implementation of Balance & Falls Research Workshop

May 13, 2019, 2019

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Translation and Implementation of Balance & Falls Research Workshop

The OBDAF Cluster is excited to be hosting a Translation and Implementation of Balance & Falls Research Workshop on May 13th! Join us and hear from our 4 keynote speakers:

9-10AM: Dr. Janice Eng (UBC, Faculty of Medicine)

“Interventions to improve mobility after stroke: A journey from clinical trials to implementation science”

Dr. Eng is a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at UBC and Director of the Rehabilitation Research Program at the GF Strong Rehab Centre.  She has clinical training in physical and occupational therapy, as well as training in biomedical engineering.  She is a Senior Canada Research Chair and has over 250 peer-reviewed journal publications in the field of neurological rehabilitation. Two of her stroke exercise programs, GRASP for improving arm and hand function and FAME for improving fitness and mobility, are used in over 1500 sites in 40 countries.

10:20-11:20PM: Dr. Kathryn Sibley (UofM Faculty of Health Sciences)

“Implementation of Balance and Fall Prevention Evidence: Unlocking the Key Ingredients”

Dr. Sibley (Kate, as she is known) is an Assistant Professor in the department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba, Director of the KT platform at the George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation, and the Canada Research Chair in Integrated KT in Rehab Sciences. Kate aims to improve the health of Canadians by accelerating translation of research evidence into health care practice. In addition, Kate utilizes KT science in research that seeks to optimize balance exercise for fall prevention in older adults.

1-2PM: Dr. Dawn Mackey (SFU Dept. Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology)

“Does falling down have to hurt so much? An integrated KT approach to study compliant flooring for fall-related injury prevention in long-term care”

Dr. Mackey’s research team at the Aging and Population Health Lab at SFU is committed to conducting clinical research on mobility and aging generating new insights about the cause, prevention, and management of age-related mobility limitations, which they translate with their partners, into new strategies to improve mobility for older Canadians. Research in the lab incorporates methods and techniques from epidemiology, biostatistics and KT.

2-3PM: Dr. Alison Novak (UoT Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education) 

“Evidence-based environmental design considerations for fall prevention: translating laboratory findings to inform clinical practice and policy” 

Dr. Alison Novak is a Scientist at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute-UHN and Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Therapy and Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Toronto. Dr. Novak’s primary research focuses on understanding mobility in challenging environments (such as stairs, ramps, bathrooms) to reduce fall risk across the lifespan, with an emphasis on biomechanical evaluation of movement.

Plus, hear from some of our members and community partners.

To attend, please RSVP here

For more details and to view the full program (pdf) click here


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