On June 18, 2014, March of Dimes Canada and the University of Toronto (U of T) signed a $1.5 million agreement to advance research in recovery from brain injuries and stroke, by establishing the March of Dimes Canada Paul J.J. Martin Early Career Professorship in U of T's Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. With this donation, March of Dimes Canada is acting on its mission to “maximize the independence, personal empowerment and community participation of people with disabilities”.
The March of Dimes Canada Paul J.J. Martin Early Career Professorship will provide a faculty member in the early stages of her or his research career with a well-established framework for investigating interventions and pathways to increase the independence and social integration of brain injury survivors. The professorship will also provide research evidence to enhance existing March of Dimes Canada programs, which serve more than 60,000 Canadians annually.
The March of Dimes Paul J.J. Martin Early Career Professorship pays homage to the late Right Honourable Paul Martin Sr., who as the Canadian Minister of National Health and Welfare in the 1950s, took the courageous step of delivering the country's universal vaccination program despite an atmosphere of great uncertainty. The vaccine eventually ended the threat of polio in Canada.
March of Dimes Canada is proud to partner with U of T’s rehabilitation scientists and practitioners who work collaboratively to translate new research evidence into therapies that help individuals with brain injuries capitalize on their post-injury strengths to get them out of the hospital and back into their communities as active participants. The Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy is an international leader in research on acquired brain injuries at the individual, community and societal levels.
Both March of Dimes and the University of Toronto are thrilled to announce that Dr. Emily Nalder has been appointed as the March of Dimes Paul J.J. Martin Early Career Professor.
Dr. Nalder’s research program examines the complex factors related to people, environments, health services, and technology that influence the community integration of adults with acquired brain injury.
Dr. Nalder will be collaborating with members of the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, and with March of Dimes Canada to promote the community integration of individuals with acquired brain injury.
For more information contact:
Research Grants and Awards Committee
c/o Manager Quality and Research
March of Dimes Canada
10 Overlea Blvd.
Toronto, ON M4H 1A4