Media releases

  • Collaborative healthcare event April 6

    1 April 2016

    Brock University, McMaster University and Niagara Health System are working together to improve healthcare in the region through collaborative quality improvement projects. The results of this unique partnership will be on display at the Health Quality Symposium Wednesday, April 6 at Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls.

    The fourth annual Health Quality Symposium will highlight the patient experience along with quality improvement projects and outcomes resulting from the Interprofessional Education for Quality Improvement Program, better known as I-EQUIP.

    The I-EQUIP projects function as an extension of the classroom, providing an opportunity for students from Brock and McMaster’s School of Medicine – Niagara campus, as well as leaders and front-line staff from Niagara Health System to work together on a variety of quality initiatives that improve patient care.

    These projects range from improving patient safety and streamlining care through design and implementation to developing an intervention to treat poverty via primary care practices.

    The Symposium will feature two patient experience stories, 16 workshops and two keynote addresses on health-related research and quality improvement through practice.

    More information on the event can be found here:

    What: Fourth annual Health Quality Symposium
    When: April 6, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
    Where: Scotiabank Convention Centre, Niagara Falls.

    For more information or to arrange interviews:

    * Erica Walters, Community Engagement and Development Officer, McMaster University, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine – Niagara Regional Campus, 905-378-5717, x6416;

    * Steven Gallagher, Communications Specialist, Niagara Health System,, 289-696-6767

    * Dan Dakin, Media Relations Officer, Brock University, 905-688-5550 x5353 or 905-347-1970

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  • Conference to focus on graduate student research

    5 April 2016
    Brock University — Communications & Public Affairs

    Want a great workout? Pick the music that makes you dance and you’ll be in it for the long haul.

    Uncomfortable going to the gym because the big mirrors make you self-conscious? Get the right trainer and those reflections won’t bother you at all.

    These are two examples of research Brock University graduate students will be presenting at the annual Mapping the New Knowledges conference Thursday, April 7.

    The day-long event at Brock University features talks and posters from nearly 120 graduate student researchers on a wide array of subjects.

    The day is highlighted by a session starting at 11:25 a.m. where five finalists in the international “Three Minute Thesis” (3MT) competition will clearly explain their research in three minutes or less.

    The winner will represent Brock at the 3MT provincial competition in Waterloo April 14. The winner at that event will then go on to the national competition.

    “This is a unique conference,” says Dean of Graduate Studies Mike Plyley. “Few universities in Canada offer similar opportunities through which graduate students develop their research presentation skills in an enriching environment.

    The student researchers will pose — and answer — fascinating questions in their work:

    •    Does evolution explain how males and females use physical fitness uniquely to their advantage?
    •    Do past bullying behaviours affect “selfie” habits?
    •    How does land use in Niagara affect the region’s water quality?
    •    Is professional sport merely big business or do sports leagues/teams embrace a higher purpose that brings meaningful value to society?
    •    What role do accountants play in tax avoidance?
    •    What determines how much a household will spend on food besides income?

    Brock University has approximately 1,700 graduate students enrolled in 49 graduate programs.

    For more information or for assistance arranging interviews:
    * Cathy Majtenyi, research communications/media relations specialist,, 905-688-5550 x5789 or 905-321-0566

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