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For the Record provides postings of appointment, committee, grant, award, PhD examination, and other notices set out by collective agreements and university policies and processes. It is the university’s primary vehicle for sharing this information with our community.

The next issue of For the Record will be published Thursday, Oct. 20. The deadline for submitting information is Tuesday, Oct. 18. For the Record is published bi-weekly throughout the academic year and monthly during the summer.

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Appointments

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

New appointments:

  • Julián Ortiz, Associate Professor, Robert M Buchan Department of Mining – Aug 1, 2016

Faculty of Health Sciences

Daniel W. Howes – Head of the Department of Critical Care Medicine

Dean Richard Reznick is pleased to announce that Benoit-Antoine Bacon, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) at Queen’s University, has appointed Daniel W. Howes as head of the Department of Critical Care Medicine for a five-year period as of Sept.1, 2016.

Dr. Howes completed his undergraduate studies in biology at the University of Guelph and his medical degree at Dalhousie University in 1994. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at Queen’s in 1999, and received a Critical Care Fellowship at Queen’s in 1998. Dr. Howes attended Harvard University’s Macey Institute Program for Health Science Educators in 2006.

Dr. Howes joined Queen’s as an assistant professor in 2001 and is currently a professor in the departments of Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Medicine. He is the director of the Clinical Simulation Centre for the School of Medicine, as well as the lead for the Kingston General Hospital RACE team, and serves as the medical director for the Regional Trauma Program of Southeastern Ontario.

Dr. Howes has served in several key roles as part of Kingston and southeastern Ontario’s trauma programs and trauma education programs. He has been the recipient of several teaching awards, including the 2016 H.F. Pross Award, the 2011 Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award, and was Critical Care Teacher of the Year in 2005-06 and 2010-11. He also received the Canadian Association of Medical Educators Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Contributions to Medical Education in 2012.

Dr. Howes is an active researcher, with academic interests in resuscitation, medical education and medical simulation. As an active member of several research teams, Dr. Howes has been involved in multiple funded research initiatives and scholarly publications, and has presented widely at national and international conferences.

Dr. Reznick extends his thanks to John Drover for his leadership and service to the Department of Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Drover has been the leader of Queen's Critical Care Medicine Program for 14 years, and it was through Dr. Drover’s vision and his efforts that Critical Care Medicine was established as a department of Queen’s University in September 2015.

Awards

New inductees for Smith Faculty Hall of Fame announced

Established in 2009, the Faculty Hall of Fame recognizes Smith School of Business faculty members who made significant contributions to the school during their tenure. Outstanding research, exceptional mentoring, and excellent teaching are a few of the accomplishments of the 2016 Faculty Hall of Fame inductees.

Recipients are chosen by a selection committee comprised of the dean, senior university leaders, alumni, as well as current faculty and students.This year’s inductees are:

  • R.G.R (Gordon) Cassidy: 1972-1997
  • R.H (Bob) Crandall: 1961-1990
  • R.L (Rick) Jackson: 1974-2014
  • C.A (Carl) Lawrence: 1963-1991
  • J.E (Ev) Smyth: 1946-1961

All inductees will be honoured at a ceremony in Goodes Hall on Oct. 11. Pen and ink portraits of each member will be displayed in Goodes Hall.

To learn more about the contributions of these inspirational professors, visit the Faculty Hall of Fame website.

Committees

Advisory Committee — Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Queen’s Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Benoit-Antoine Bacon announced that Kimberly Woodhouse’s second five-year term as dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science will end on June 30, 2017, and that Dr. Woodhouse has indicated that she does not wish to be considered for another term. 

Provost Bacon will chair a committee to advise Principal Daniel Woolf on the present state and future prospects of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, and on the selection of the next dean. 

The provost’s office invites letters and commentary regarding the faculty and to suggest individuals to serve on the advisory committee via email to lacey.monk@queensu.ca, until Oct. 10, 2016. Respondents are asked to indicate whether they wish to have their letters shown, in confidence, to the members of the advisory committee.

Headship Selection Committee — Department of Chemical Engineering

James McLellan’s term as head of the Department of Chemical Engineering ends June 30, 2017. 

In accordance with the terms of Article 41 of the Collective Agreement between Queen’s University Faculty Association and Queen’s University, a selection committee will be formed to consider the present state and future prospects of the department, and to assist the provost and vice-principal (academic) in the selection of a department head. Members of the bargaining unit will elect five members. Faculty, staff and students are also invited to nominate staff and students from the Department of Chemical Engineering and faculty from cognate disciplines, for membership on the selection committee. Nominations should be sent to Dean Kim Woodhouse (Chair), c/o Dayna Smith (dayna.smith@queensu.ca) Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science by Oct. 20, 2016.  

Human Resources

Successful Candidates

Job Title: Registered Practical Nurse (USW Local 2010)
Department: Student Wellness Services
Competition: 2016-229
Successful Candidate: Jenna McManus

Job Title: Programs Assistant (USW Local 2010)
Department: Department of Philosophy
Competition: 2016-283
Successful Candidate: Susanne Cliff-Jungling

Job Title: Graduate Assistant (USW Local 2010)
Department: Faculty of Education
Competition: 2016-258
Successful Candidate: Cassandra Bryce

Job Title: Departmental Assistant (USW Local 2010)
Department: Emergency Medicine
Competition: 2016-263
Successful Candidate: WITHDRAWN

Job Title: Director, Finance - Facilities
Department: Physical Plant Services
Competition: 2016-202
Successful Candidate: Ginette Denford (Student Affairs)

Job Title: Manager, ITS Finance and Administration
Department: Information Technology Services
Competition: 2016-208
Successful Candidate: Mary Kemp

Job Title: Administrative Assistant Student Services (USW Local 2010)
Department: Office of the Vice-Provost and Dean Services Affairs
Competition: 2016-230
Successful Candidate: Gail Motut-Plata (Disability Services)

Job Title: Manager, Financial Analysis and Reporting
Department: Financial Services
Competition: 2016-218
Successful Candidate: Michelle Perry

Job Title: Business Analyst, Gift Planning
Department: Development, Gift Planning
Competition: 2016-212
Successful Candidate: Lydia Scholle-Cotton

Job Title: Graduate Assistant (USW Local 2010)
Department: Faculty of Education
Competition: 2016-261
Successful Candidate: Janice Tsui

Stubbing out tobacco use

Queen’s–led summit concludes with a call to bring tobacco prevalence rate to “less than 5 by ’35."

Representatives of various health advocacy groups and health researchers gathered at Queen's University on September 30 and October 1 for the Tobacco Endgame Summit. (Photo Credit: Garrett Elliott)

A summit of Canada’s leading health experts spent two days discussing bold ideas and examining a series of recommendations aimed at reducing the rate of commercial tobacco use in Canada to below five per cent by the year 2035. The Tobacco Endgame for Canada Summit, which ran from September 30 to October 1 at Queen’s University, brought together leading health and policy experts with the aim of developing a strategy to achieve a “tobacco endgame” – defined as commercial tobacco use prevalence of less than five per cent by 2035

“Achieving this goal towards a commercial tobacco-free future will require us to consider bold, novel ideas,” says Elizabeth Eisenhauer, Head of the Queen’s Department of Oncology and Chair of the Executive Planning Committee for the Tobacco Endgame Summit. “There is no current recipe or playbook to achieve a tobacco-free future, but we believe the ideas coming out of this summit represent a strong basis for governments, professional organizations and advocacy groups to work together towards this important objective.”

The summit concluded with a call for the creation of a Tobacco Endgame strategy for Canada that will achieve a rate of commercial tobacco usage of less than five per cent by 2035.

“We want to see a future where every Canadian can breathe easily,” says Debra Lynkowski, CEO of The Canadian Lung Association. “Reducing commercial tobacco use is a pivotal step towards achieving that goal. The success we have had to date is a direct result of a collaborative, coordinated effort; the Endgame is the natural progression of those efforts. It is necessary for us all to bring forth our most innovative ideas and lead Canadians towards a healthier future free of lung disease and we are excited to be a part of it.”

To ensure momentum carries forward from the convention, the summit also called for the creation of an Endgame Cabinet. Membership in the cabinet is to include members of health charities and health professional organizations from across the country – including but not limited to those represented at the summit. The Cabinet will be responsible for communicating with and educating the public about the Endgame initiative, encouraging Endgame strategy deliberations and discourse amongst policy makers and government and ensuring accountability of those in leadership to pursue Endgame measures. This Cabinet will also engage with relevant federal, provincial and territorial government officials to continue progress towards the Endgame objective.

“The Canadian Medical Association issued its first public warning about the dangers of tobacco use in 1954, and led by Dr. Fred Bass and many other dedicated and visionary physicians across Canada it is gratifying that rates of use have fallen substantially since that time,” said Granger Avery, President of the Canadian Medical Association. “The time is now, however, for a final push to completely eliminate this public health scourge that has caused so much pain and suffering.”

The summit was hosted by Queen’s University as part of its 175th Anniversary celebrations, as a continuation of the Queen’s tradition of bringing together remarkable people who have helped build Canada as a nation and made significant contributions around the world. For more information on the summit and it's outcomes, please see the summit background paper.

Nursing networking

Conference of the Americas brings together nursing leaders from North America to discuss improving techniques and methodology.

As part of its 75th anniversary celebrations, Queen’s School of Nursing will welcome to campus a group of North American leaders in the field of nursing for the Conference of the Americas this week.

[Christina Godfrey]
Christina Godfrey (School of Nursing), QJBC Scientific Director and Senior Methodologist

Hosted by the Queen’s Joanna Briggs Collaboration (QJBC), the conference will focus on enhancing techniques and improving methodology in the field of nursing. This is the first time the conference has been held in Canada.

“Bringing all the North American centres to Queen’s is a unique opportunity for discussion,” says Christina Godfrey (School of Nursing), QJBC Scientific Director and Senior Methodologist. “We are going to talk about how we, as nurses, can improve our field and the work we do. It will also be a chance to network and set the stage for the building of strong communities around the world.”

QJBC was founded in 2004 as the first Canadian Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) centre. The JBI is an international not-for-profit, research and development centre based at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. There are now 70 JBI centres around the world.

Dr. Godfrey leads and mentors the seven centres located in Canada, five in the United States, and one in Brazil, all of which form the American region. The seven centres in Canada bring together both universities and hospitals with a common goal of improving the quality and reliability of practice, and ultimately, health outcomes, by enabling the use of best available evidence on patient safety and health-care quality.

The Canadian centres are located at Memorial University, Dalhousie University, the University of New Brunswick, St. Elizabeth Care (Ontario), Covenant Health (Alberta), the University of Victoria, and Queen’s as the lead institution.

The event runs from Wednesday, Sept. 28 to Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Delta Kingston Waterfront Hotel, and will feature daily keynote speakers, a full slate of workshops, concurrent sessions for research, and a Friday afternoon debate.

For more information, visit the Conference of the Americas website.

Cracking cancer's code

Queen’s University to lead new cancer pathology research network.

  • David LeBrun talks to the media about the new pathology network. (Photo by Greg Black)
    David LeBrun talks to the media about the new pathology network. (Photo by Greg Black)
  • Lab workers analyze cancerous tumours and place them on slides. (Photo by Greg Black)
    Lab workers analyze cancerous tumours and place them on slides. (Photo by Greg Black)
  • Shakeel Virk explains how the National Tissue Bank, housed at Kingston General Hospital, operates. (Photo by Greg Black)
    Shakeel Virk explains how the National Tissue Bank, housed at Kingston General Hospital, operates. (Photo by Greg Black)
  • A slice of a cancerous tumour on a slide. (Photo by Greg Black)
    A slice of a cancerous tumour on a slide. (Photo by Greg Black)
  • Cancer Society volunteer Larry Cardiff talks about his experiences with cancer during the official announcement. Looking on are Dr. David LeBrun, Christine Williams,Deputy Director and Vice-President, Outreach of the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, and Roger Deeley, Vice-Dean Research in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen's and Vice President Health Sciences Research, KGH. (Photo by Greg Black)
    Cancer Society volunteer Larry Cardiff talks about his experiences with cancer during the official announcement. Looking on are Dr. David LeBrun, Christine Williams,Deputy Director and Vice-President, Outreach of the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, and Roger Deeley, Vice-Dean Research in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen's and Vice President Health Sciences Research, KGH. (Photo by Greg Black)
  • Christine Williams, Deputy Director and Vice-President, OICR, speaks to the media after making the announcement. (Photo by Greg Black)
    Christine Williams, Deputy Director and Vice-President, OICR, speaks to the media after making the announcement. (Photo by Greg Black)

The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) has announced $3.7 million in funding to form the Ontario Molecular Pathology Research Network (OMPRN), which will be based at Queen’s University and led by Queen’s researcher Dr. David LeBrun (Pathology and Molecular Medicine).

Dr. Christine Williams, Deputy Director and Vice-President of the OICR, announced the funding today in Kingston. The Network will bring together a number of institutions province-wide.

“We, as pathologists, are facing a whole new set of challenges,” says Dr. LeBrun. “There are hundreds of potential new cancer drugs available for study so we need people doing research into the relevant diagnostics. We need to draw young pathologists into the research community, provide funding for this research and work to have more pathology content integrated into medical school curriculums.”

Pathology is key to the early detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. An accurate diagnosis can provide better prognostic information and allow doctors to better target therapies. Pathology research can also lead to the development of new treatments that target specific cancer-driving mutations, genes and pathways, avoiding ineffective treatments with unwanted side effects. But as researchers’ understanding of cancer, and its complexity, deepens, so too has the need for pathologists who can incorporate this new understanding into their daily routine, taking advantage of the latest technologies and knowledge to help patients.

“The Ontario Molecular Pathology Research Network’s objectives in helping to improve the diagnosis of cancer will accelerate the pace of discovery while fostering collaboration amongst our young pathologists,” says Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science. “The Ontario government proudly supports this new initiative through the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research for it will help maintain the province’s continued commitment to the cutting edge of research and development of better treatments for all patients.”

The Network will address this challenge by increasing the participation of Ontario cancer pathologists in research, enhancing collaboration across the province and increasing mentorship opportunities for residents and early career pathologists. The ultimate goal of OMPRN is to translate these strategies into improved diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients. This could mean more precision medicine, where diagnosis and treatment are linked for individual patients based on advanced diagnostics.

“Building capacity in pathology research and training is critical and we are proud Queen’s is taking a leadership role in this area,” says Richard Reznick, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences. “Future advances in molecular pathology brings great promise for enhanced care for our patients with a diagnosis of cancer.”

The OMPRN has a number of objectives including:

  • Fostering productive collaboration amongst research-oriented pathologists and between pathologists and researchers in complementary disciplines;
  • Research activity through the Network will be encouraged and enabled through the provision of operating grants for research projects;
  • Building awareness of research resources, including analytical expertise, core facilities and biospecimen repositories offered at OICR or elsewhere in the province to facilitate molecular pathology research;
  • The Network will support the development of a cadre of young pathology researchers by encouraging and supporting the involvement of residents and junior pathologists.

A critical mass of research-oriented pathologists and clinical laboratory scientists working within the academic community is necessary to expedite the transition to precision oncology and make its benefits available to Ontarians.

“Today we are proud to announce the launch of the Ontario Molecular Pathology Research Network,” says Dr. Williams. “For patients, an accurate diagnosis is key to finding the best treatment for their cancer with the fewest side effects. This new network will enhance expertise in molecular pathology, improving the diagnosis of cancer and accelerating the adoption of more precision medicine for Ontario cancer patients.”

For more information visit the website at ontariomolecularpathology.ca

On the right track

New study, published by Queen’s researcher, looks at using fitness trackers in hospital settings.

David Maslove, a clinician scientist with the Queen’s Department of Medicine and Critical Care Program, has published new research that suggests that commercially-available fitness trackers provide accurate enough data to be useful for patient monitoring in a hospital setting.

[David Maslove]
Queen's researcher David Maslove (Critical Care) has published a new prospective study on using personal fitness trackers to monitor hospital inpatients. The study finds that, in patient populations with normal heart rhythms, the devices performed nearly as accurately as the more expensive, gold standard continuous electrocardiograph (cECG) test. (Office of the Vice-Principal (Research))

With the increasing popularity of personal fitness trackers – particularly those capable of monitoring activity levels, heart rate and even sleep patterns – many have wondered whether these devices could be useful in a formal medical setting. The study found that, despite some difficulty in measuring heart rates for those with irregular rhythms, the data captured by fitness trackers was within a few beats per minute of that measured by a gold-standard continuous electrocardiograph (cECG).

“There has been talk in the medical literature about the increased functionality of personal fitness trackers and whether they would be useful – and accurate enough – in a healthcare environment,” says Dr. Maslove, who is also critical care physician at Kingston General Hospital (KGH). “There wasn’t a lot known about how they can be used and whether they can provide robust enough data. Because we’ve got the capability of collecting gold-standard heart rates from patients in the Intensive Care Unit, that would be an opportunity to study the accuracy of fitness trackers in a healthcare setting.”

Along with colleagues Ryan Kroll and J. Gordon Boyd, Dr. Maslove collected heart rate data from 50 stable patients in KGH’s Intensive Care Unit, using both a cECG and a commercially-available personal fitness tracker. The patients were monitored for a full 24-hour period using both devices.

For patients with a normal heart rhythm, the fitness tracker reported a heart rate that was, on average. 1.14 beats per minute (bpm) below the cECG measured heartrate, with 73 per cent of readings within 5 bpm of the cECG measurement. The study did find a tendency for trackers to report less accurate data for heart rates between 75 and 120 bpm and to report slightly more inaccurate data for patients with irregular heartbeats.

“We were pleasantly surprised by the results which showed that for most patients the devices seemed to work well,” says Dr. Maslove. “There have been a number of negative media stories about the purported inaccuracy of these devices, but these results seemed to resonate with the experiences of other colleagues, and are now supported by that gold standard validation.”

Dr. Maslove says the next step will be to conduct more rigorous research on how the devices are best used in a hospital setting – determining in which populations the devices are most effective, how best to use the technology in its current form and determine what features or capabilities would improve their utility. Given the comparably low cost of the devices, he says, further studies could examine the feasibility of sending patients home with the devices and collecting data from them at home. Such an intervention could allow a provider to respond proactively rather than waiting for the patient to return to the hospital if issues arise.

The study, titled Accuracy of a wrist-worn wearable device for monitoring heart rates in hospital inpatients: A prospective observational study was published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Working to reverse child marriage crisis

Queen’s University researcher Susan Bartels works to stem the tide of child marriages in Lebanon.

Queen’s University researcher Susan Bartels recently returned from a trip to Lebanon where she and a team are working to address a world health crisis – child marriage.

The flow of Syrian refugees into countries including Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon has created a dangerous scenario of adult men taking child brides. The World Health Organization says child marriage is an “appalling violation of human rights and robs girls of their education, health, and long-term prospects.”

Dr. Bartels’ project, Making Sense of Child Marriage Among Syrian Refugee Girls, received $150,000 from the World Bank Group and the Sexual Violence Research Initiative to fund the first portion of the project.

Queen's researcher Susan Bartels is working to stem the tide of child marriages. Photo by Greg Black.

“In these countries, it’s more culturally acceptable for young girls to marry and, with the influx of Syrian refugees to these countries, the age of the girls at the time of marriage is dropping,” says Dr. Bartels (Emergency Medicine). “Many of these countries don’t have a legal age for marriage.”

Each year, 15 million girls are married before the age of 18. Unless action is taken, it is estimated the global number of child brides will reach 1.2 billion girls by 2050 as reported by girlsnotbrides.org. Girls married young are more vulnerable to intimate partner violence and sexual abuse, and complications of pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death in these young women (ages 15 to 19). They are also usually unable to continue their formal education, thus limiting their literacy and their future earning potential.

Dr. Bartels travelled to Lebanon in May with Colleen Davison (Public Health) and Nour Bakhache (MPH’17) to start the project and enlisted the help of SenseMaker to collect the data. SenseMaker is narrative-based research methodology that captures and analyzes a large quantity of stories. Telling stories about personal experiences, as opposed to answering a survey for example, allowed the participants to convey complex ideas in a simple manner.

Using Lebanese and Syrian interviewers, the team interviewed married girls under 18, unmarried girls, community leaders, Syrian mothers and fathers, men who have taken a child bride and unmarried men. The interviews were completely anonymous.

After recording 1,425 stories in six weeks, three common threads emerged.

“The number one issue for the Syrian girls is security,” explains Dr. Bartels. “The second issue or barrier is a lack of education, and money is the third issue. These are the common threads that often lead to child marriage. For example, a family may marry off a young daughter because they have no money to feed her. Or they are threatened to give up a young daughter to marriage.”

For the second part of the project, Dr. Bartels will head back to Lebanon in the new year to discuss the findings at the community level. Working with the ABAAD Resource Centre for Gender Equality, Dr. Bartels will hold focus groups to engage the communities and to see if work can be started on a solution to the problem of child marriage. She is hopeful her findings will be useful for other research programs in the Middle East.

Celebrating science literacy

Queen's University Library is celebrating Science Literacy Week Sept. 19-23, an annual event that brings Canadians together to celebrate science and share an appreciation for the insights, inventions and ideas that shape our world.

Alexander Braun (Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering) makes a presentation on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) during last year's Science Literacy Week at Queen's University. (Supplied photo)

This is the second year Queen’s University Library has hosted events for the Queen’s community.

“It makes sense for the library to host this event given our priorities of enhancing learning and research within the Queen’s community,” says Tatiana Zaraiskaya, Public Service and E-Science Librarian and Science Literacy Week event organizer. “It is also a great opportunity for us to provide a forum to engage with others across a number of different fields.”

Currently scheduled presentations include a Geographic Information Sciences (GIS) demo by Francine Berish, Geospatial Data Librarian, and an Online Anatomy Resources Demo at Bracken Health Sciences Library by Sarah Wickett, Health Informatics Librarian. There will also be tours of the Anatomy Museum conducted by Dr. Stephen Pang, the Miller Museum of Geology by Mark Badham, and the Museum of Health Care, an exhibit in W. D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections hosted by Alvan Bregman, Head of Special Collections, and Jillian Sparks, Special Collections Librarian, and science book displays.

For the full schedule, please see the schedule of events.

5 things to ease the onQ transition

Queen’s new learning management system, onQ, is now fully implemented across campus. IT Services (ITS) and the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) offer numerous supports and encourage instructors to take advantage of the drop-in sessions, workshops, and mobile help unit.

Selina Idlas, onQ Educational Support in the CTL, Margaret Hickling, Solutions Specialist in ITS, and Jacey Carnegie, onQ Transition Lead in ITS, are members of the support team available to help faculty members adjust to the new learning management system.
  1. The new onQ Support website has been developed to support students, instructors, TAs, and support staff in their use of onQ. The site features step-by-step instructions, FAQs, and videos on creating and using onQ courses, as well as links to training workshops and various methods of support.
  1. 24/7 help is available: The university is running a pilot of the End User Support (EUS) feature. Help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by email, chat, or phone. The EUS is operated by staff familiar with all functionality within the D2L or Desire2Learn “Brightspace” platform on which onQ is built. Full details on the support website
  1. Daily drop-ins – now through Sept. 23: The daily drop-ins are held in B205, Mackintosh-Corry Hall (main floor, across from cafeteria) from 10-11 am. Staff are available to answer your onQ questions. These sessions provide you with one-on-one support.
  1. Weekly workshops: These 1.5-hour training sessions cover the basics of setting up a course in onQ and give you the necessary tools to get started in the system.
  1. The Mobile Unit in the Faculty of Arts and Science: This team of students is available to work one-on-one with Arts and Science instructors in their own offices to assist with various administrative tasks within their onQ courses. The students can help with tasks such as: formatting content, setting up the Grade Book, creating Discussions/Topics, uploading videos and files, creating Groups, posting News Items, and creating Rubrics. For more information on the new onQ Mobile Unit, visit the onQ Support website.

September is here and classes have started. Be sure to sign up for onQ Training or stop by a drop-in for help with your onQ course.

 

 

The present and future of medical research

Queen’s Department of Medicine hosts research innovation tour for Principal Woolf and Provost Bacon.

  • Clarrie Lam, Manager, Facilities and Operations, Queen's CardioPulmonary Unit, shows Principal Daniel Woolf and Provost Benoit-Antoine Bacon the floor plan and architectural renderings of the facility.
    Clarrie Lam, Manager, Facilities and Operations, Queen's CardioPulmonary Unit (Q-CPU), shows Principal Daniel Woolf and Provost Benoit-Antoine Bacon the floor plan and architectural renderings of the facility.
  • Stephen Archer, Director of Q-CPU and Head of the Department of Medicine, speaks with Principal Daniel Woolf and Provost Benoit-Antoine Bacon in the future patient waiting room at Q-CPU.
    Stephen Archer, Director of Q-CPU and Head of the Department of Medicine, speaks with Principal Daniel Woolf and Provost Benoit-Antoine Bacon in the future patient waiting room at Q-CPU.
  • One of the research laboratories inside the Queen's CardioPulmonary Unit.
    One of the research laboratories inside the Queen's CardioPulmonary Unit.
  • Elaine Petrof explains her research on C.difficile to Provost Benoit-Antoine Bacon and those in attendance.
    Elaine Petrof explains her research on C.difficile to Provost Benoit-Antoine Bacon and those in attendance.
  • Principal Daniel Woolf and Provost Benoit-Antoine Bacon learn more about Michael Beyak's research on gastrointestinal tract innervation.
    Principal Daniel Woolf and Provost Benoit-Antoine Bacon learn more about Michael Beyak's research on gastrointestinal tract innervation.
  • A researcher hard at work inside the Gastrointestinal Diseases Research Unit (GIDRU).
    A researcher hard at work inside the Gastrointestinal Diseases Research Unit (GIDRU).

As construction continues on the Queen’s CardioPulmonary Unit (Q-CPU), Principal Woolf, Provost Bacon and members of the media were invited for an exclusive tour of the new facility. The tour, led by Stephen Archer (Head of the Queen’s Department of Medicine and Director of Q-CPU) and Stephen Vanner (Deputy Head, Medicine and Director of GIDRU), provided a snapshot of both the Department’s most recent enterprise (Q-CPU) and an example of a successful, long-standing research unit (GIDRU).

The morning began with a tour of the 8,000 square-foot Q-CPU facility, led by Dr. Archer.  Q-CPU will provide state-of-the-art research and clinical space to support investigators from basic, clinical and population health sciences departments in developing, testing and commercializing new therapies and treatments for pulmonary arterial hypertension.

“I think what we all find so exciting about Q-CPU is that it will be a home for research at a level that ranges from basic scientific investigation all the way up to patients in clinical trials,” says Dr. Archer. “This collaborative multi-disciplinary research approach will allow us to better understand diseases in patients, figure out basic mechanisms, develop new treatments and test them in patients as part of a chain of discovery that we refer to as translational medicine.”

In a unique partnership with Kingston General Hospital and Hotel Dieu Hospital, Q-CPU will provide a new home for this patient-centred translational medicine approach.

Dr. Archer discussed the role Q-CPU will play as part of the future Translational Institute of Medicine (TIME) – a proposed confederation of existing research groups in the Department, including internal and external partners.  The vision of TIME includes enhancing collaborations to catalyze research through optimized use of shared expertise, equipment and highly qualified personnel. The institute will be recognized nationally and internationally, enabling increased competitiveness for high-level funding, pharmaceutical and donor negotiations.

The tour then continued on to the Gastrointestinal Diseases Research Unit (GIDRU) – a diverse, multidisciplinary group of clinician scientists led by Dr. Vanner. Researchers Michael Beyak (Medicine/Biomedical and Molecular Sciences) and Elaine Petrof (Medicine/Infectious Diseases) provided a glimpse at their research on how the nervous system interacts with the GI tract and treatments for C. difficile, respectively.  

GIDRU researchers have played a leading role in the recently successful application for a Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) Strategy for Patient Oriented Research grant. In collaboration with a team of researchers across Canada, this $12.5 million award was one of only five successful applications nation-wide and will fund the largest study of gastrointestinal disease in Canadian history, with 8000 subjects anticipated.

Offering a dedicated research unit, like GIDRU, with high-end technology and specialized staff, enables Queen’s to attract talented and accomplished researchers. Q-CPU hopes to mirror similar research success, a goal that will be supported by the creation of TIME and the future focus on multi-disciplinary collaboration and resource mapping.

Building renovations set to begin

The development of the Queen’s Innovation and Wellness Centre is scheduled to begin this month, as renovations to the former Physical Education Centre get underway.  

The Innovation and Wellness Centre at 67 Union St. will feature expanded engineering facilities, be home to an Innovation Hub, increase opportunities for research, student design and learning, and strengthen the university’s position in world-leading research.  The facility will also be the new home of Student Wellness Services and the Chaplaincy, along with athletic and recreation facilities – promoting a holistic approach to wellness – and will house the Queen’s University International Centre and a new Exam Centre. 

The renovation project is expected to last 18 months, during which time the gyms in 67 Union St. will not be available for use. The university is working with current users to mitigate the impact of the closure on Queen’s and community groups. These strategies include maximizing time and use of the Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC) specifically for evening intramurals, renovating and upgrading MacGillivary Brown Hall and Duncan MacArthur gym facilities, and renting the city’s Beechgrove Athletic Complex near west campus for club, team, and community use.

Due to the renovations, a portion of the parking lot at Union and Division Streets will be unavailable beginning Monday, September 12. 

Renovations to campus biomedical research facilities, which support research by the Centre of Neuroscience Studies, the Cancer Research Institute, the Queen’s Cardiopulmonary Research Institute, and the Human Mobility Research Centre, will also occur over the next few months.

The total cost of the two projects is $119 million. Queen’s has provided $45 million towards the renovations, with the remainder coming from philanthropic donations and other sources. More information will be available through the Gazette as the projects progress.

 

 

 

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