Awards in the CIHR Institute of Aging competitions

The Dept. of OS&OT would like to acknowledge Ben Mortensen (Clinical Assistant Professor) and Brodie Sakakibara (PhD Student) for their recent awards at the Canadian Association on Gerontology’s 41st Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting. Both Ben and Brodie won prizes for their poster presentations in the CIHR Institute of Aging competitions: Ben winning the Post-doctoral prize, and Brodie winning the Doctoral prize.
Ben’s poster titled “A novel assistive technology intervention for older adults with disabilities and their informal caregivers: Results from a preliminary randomized control trial” presents research he conducted with Dr. Louise Demers at the University of Montreal. It is the first experimental study to demonstrate that the provision of assistive technology benefits both users and their informal caregivers. In addition, a paper based on this work has been accepted for publication in the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (currently in press).
Brodie’s poster titled “Sex as a moderator of the relationship between confidence with using a manual wheelchair and frequency of participation” showcased research he conducted with Dr. Bill Miller. His research investigated the relationship between wheelchair confidence and frequency of participation in social and personal roles, and examined whether that relationship was different for men versus women. Results indicated that that relationship was in fact stronger for men than women, pointing to a need for treatments that improve wheelchair confidence to improve quality of life and participation, especially among older male wheelchair users.
Congratulations to you both for a job well done!

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