Pioneering Researcher awarded the March of Dimes/Paul Martin Sr. Biomedical Rehabilitation Research Fellowship
The Right Honourable Paul Martin, former Prime Minister, acknowledged Dr. Guillaume Desroches, the 2011 recipient of the March of Dimes Paul Martin Sr. Biomedical and Rehabilitation Research Fellowship at the charity’s annual Ability and Beyond Dinner on Thursday, May 19th. Mr. Martin was the dinner’s Honorary Chair.
The fellowship is co-funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Dr. Desroches’ research with individuals who have a spinal cord injury (SCI) will enhance the capability of clinicians, especially physiotherapists and occupational therapists, to develop novel, specific, effective and safe
evidence-based rehabilitation interventions and technologies to optimize performance during sitting transfers and maximize societal participation by individuals who rely on a wheelchair for mobility.
Dr. Desroches is a post-doctoral fellow at the Centre de recherché interdisciplinaire en réadaptation du Montréal métropolitain (CRIR). He began his investigation into this subject while working on his doctorate. The partnership between March of Dimes Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research began in 2002. The award supports research that contributes to alleviating, eliminating or preventing disabilities or disabling conditions.
Dr. Desroches will receive $160,000 over three years. March of Dimes Canada’s contribution is from the Rehabilitation Research Fund established over 25 years ago when the late Paul Martin Sr., former
Minister of Health and Welfare, died and left a bequest to the charity. As Minister of Health and Welfare, Mr. Martin approved the universal polio vaccination program for Canadians. The Martin family continues
to hold ties with March of Dimes through a third generation with the former Prime Minister’s sons, Paul, Jamie and David.
Mr. Martin greeted Dr. Desroches at the Ability & Beyond Gala and personally congratulated him on
behalf of the family for his work on spinal cord injury research.