Transdisciplinary Centre approved to help bridge academic and community health innovations

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Transdisciplinary Centre approved to help bridge academic and community health innovations

Published on October 30 2012


Bridging academic and community health innovations, the Brock‐Niagara Centre for Health and Well‐Being is dedicated to enhancing quality of life among individuals with chronic disease by focusing on disease management and the related social and health complications.

To accomplish this mission, the Centre is based on four central objectives aligning with Brock’s Strategic Plan – 1) teaching and learning, 2) research and innovation, 3) evidence‐based services all within 4) an intersecting knowledge‐exchange model between the university and community.

Through transdisciplinary educational programs, the Centre will provide applied experiences for students providing unique training for their development as highly qualified personnel. By focusing on “upstream” health promotion and prevention strategies, new discoveries will reduce “downstream” acute healthcare costs (eg., hospitals, doctors and pharmaceuticals).

The true transdisciplinary nature of the Centre will provide the structure and resources to encourage the intersection of expertise among Brock researchers and community leaders in fostering mutual learning and innovation leading to evidence‐based services and solutions for chronic disease management at the local, provincial and national level.

The principal applicants for this transdisciplinary Centre include:
Dr. Terrance Wade, Professor and Canada Research Chair, Community Health Sciences and Child and Youth Studies
Dr. Debbie O’Leary, Associate Professor in Community Health Sciences, and Director of Brock University Heart Institute
Dr. Madelyn Law, Assistant Professor, Community Health Sciences
Dr. David Ditor, Associate Professor in Kinesiology and Director
Dr. Kim Gammage, Associate Professor in Kinesiology and Director
Dr. Colleen Hood, Professor, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Dr. Lynn Rempel, Associate Professor, Nursing
Dr. Neil McCartney, Dean and Professor, Community Health Sciences and Kinesiology

Co-applicants include:

• Dr. Allan Adkin, Associate Professor, Kinesiology
• Dr. Sanghee Chun, Associate Professor, Recreation and Leisure Studies
• Dr. Nota Klentrou, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences and Professor, Kinesiology
• Dr. Suzie Lane, Associate Professor, Recreation and Leisure Studies
• Dr. Kelli-An Lawrance, Associate Professor, Community Health Sciences, Director of Leave the Pack Behind
• Dr. Paul LeBlanc, Associate Professor, Community Health Sciences and Biology
• Dr. Lynn McCleary, Associate Professor, Nursing
• Dr. Miya Narushima, Associate Professor, Community Health Sciences
• Dr. Wendy Ward, Associate Professor, Kinesiology and Community Health Sciences, Canada Research Chair in Bone and Muscle Development

External Academic Partners include:
• Dr. Karl Stobbe, Regional Assistant Dean, Niagara Campus, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster
• Dr. John Cairney, Associate Professor, and Associate Director of Research in Family Medicine, McMaster
• Dr. Kevin Shoemaker, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Integrative Physiology of Exercise and Health, Western University
• Dr. Andrei Krassioukov, MD, Professor of Medicine, Associate Director of ICORD, University of British Columbia

Local Institutions and organizations, and Provincial and National Organizations include:
• Tim Siemens, Executive Director, Tabor Manor
• Ann Mantini-Celima, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Wellspring Niagara Cancer Support Foundation
• Sue Matthews, Interim President and CEO, Niagara Health System
• Catherine Mindorff-Facca, Chair, Niagara Research and Planning Council
• Dr. Valerie Jaeger, Medical Officer of Health, Niagara Region Public Health
• Ravi Jain, Director, Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy, Osteoporosis Canada
• Kent Bassett-Spiers, Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation
• Mary Parker, Executive Director, Royal Henley Retirement Residence, Royal Henley Retirement Residence
• Dr. Jack Luce, Chief of Staff, Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre

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