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Research Day: A Focus on Smart Health

When: September 6, 2018

Where: Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre

The Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute, in collaboration with the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (the Hospital), is hosting the inaugural ‘Research Day’ on September 6th, 2018 (8:00 am - 2:45 pm, in Auditorium A/B). This full day event will be designed to share information, build skills and raise interest in health research, and showcase our scientists and their work. Research Day will provide an amazing networking opportunity and will be open to all staff at the Hospital and Health Research Institute as well as physicians, health practitioners, staff of our partner organizations and to interested members of the public.

Keynote Address: Mobile e-Mental Health Research


Dr. Dror Ben-Zeev, Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington

For more information, and to receive updates on this event as they develop, please contact Lisa Niccoli at


Time Topic Speaker
8:00 am - 8:30 am  



8:30 am – 9:00 am Welcome and Opening Remarks Jean Bartkowiak, Michael Robinson, Dr. Abraham Rudnick, Other speakers, TBD
9:00 am - 10:00 am  

Keynote Address: Mobile e-Mental Health Research

Dr. Dror Ben-Zeev
10:00 am - 10:10 am Break
10:10 am - 11:00 am  

Panel Discussion: Remote Access Health Technology Research & Development

Dr. Abraham Rudnick, Dr. Dror Ben-Zeev, Andrew Ross, Doug Murray, Dr. Jinan Fiaidhi, Dr. Chris Mushquash, Cathy Paroschy-Harris

*Scroll down for their bios

11:00 am - 12:00 pm Scientist Presentations Dr. Mitch Albert, Dr. Michael Campbell, Dr. Laura Curiel, Statton Eade & Robert Jackson (for Dr. Zehbe), Dr. Alla Reznik
12:00 pm - 12:10 pm  


Dr. Abraham Rudnick
12:10 pm - 1:00 pm  

Poster Presentations & Lunch Tours will be offered for interested individuals between 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm of the following research areas: 3T MRI; Wet lab; Cyclotron (virtual tour)

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm      Workshops Session #1 (select one):

  • Research Ethics (Room 3043)
  • Digital Health Explained: a practical approach<(Auditorium A & B, 3rd Level)
  • Research at TBRHSC: Processes & Support (Room 2178)

Laurel Knowles, Carol Pelletier & Ellen Stevens

Dr. Sabah Mohammed & Dr. Jinan Fiaidhi

Shalyn Littlefield & Carrie Faubert

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm      Workshops Session #2 (select one):

  • Research Ethics (Room 3043)
  • Digital Health Explained: a practical approach (Auditorium A & B, 3rd Level)
  • Research at TBRHSC: Processes & Support (Room 2178)
Laurel Knowles, Carol Pelletier & Ellen Stevens

Dr. Sabah Mohammed & Dr. Jinan Fiaidhi

Shalyn Littlefield & Carrie Faubert



Panel Discussion: Remote Access Health Technology Research and Development

Panel Member Bios:

Cathy Paroschy-Harris

Cathy is the Director of Prevention and Screening Clinical Services and Registered Dietitian Professional Practice Head at our Hospital. Part of her work is improving prevention and health promotion initiatives, along with improved cancer screening access and uptake for Northwestern Ontario. This includes access to towns, cities and neighboring communities, including the 69 Indigenous Communities across our region, with the Screen For Life Mobile Coach and through support to partner screening sites and health care sites across the region.

Dr. Christopher Mushquash

Dr. Mushquash is a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Mental Health and Addiction, an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Lakehead University and the Division of Human Sciences at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. He is the Director of the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research at Lakehead University. In addition to his academic appointments, Dr. Mushquash is a registered clinical psychologist providing assessment, intervention, and consultation services for First Nations children, adolescents, and adults at Dilico Anishinabek Family Care. In 2017, Dr. Mushquash was inducted in the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. He is currently the vice-chair of the Institute Advisory Board for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health. Dr. Mushquash is Ojibway and a member of Pays Plat First Nation.

Dr. Dror Ben-Zeev

Dr. Ben-Zeev is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington and licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in development and evaluation of technology-based approaches in the study, assessment, treatment, and prevention of mental illness.

Dr. Ben-Zeev serves as the Director of the mHealth for Mental Health Program and Co-Director of UW's Behavioral Research in Technology and Engineering (BRiTE) Center. His work includes development and testing of illness self-management apps for people with schizophrenia, leveraging mobile and context-aware technologies for assessment of violence and suicidality in psychiatric hospital settings, behavioral sensing and modelling systems for detection of psychotic relapses, social media-based outreach to people who experience auditory hallucinations, and clinical texting interventions for individuals with serious mental illness in community settings.

Dr. Ben-Zeev’s research has been supported by grants and awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), SYNERGY Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Myrtlewood Foundation, and John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding. He publishes extensively in scientific journals and is a regular speaker at national and international scientific meetings including invited presentations at the White House and National Institute of Mental Health Director’s Innovation Speaker series. Dr. Ben-Zeev has written editorials and commentaries on the use of technology-based interventions for Psychiatric Services, the BMJ, and the New York Times, and his research has been covered by National Public Radio, Nature, Wired Magazine, Slate, and The Economist. He served on the Editorial Board of Schizophrenia Bulletin and is the Inaugural Editor of the "Technology in Mental Health" Column for Psychiatric Services.

Andrew Ross

Andrew Ross is the Manager of the Anishnaabe Bimaadiziwin Research Program, a collaboration of the Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre (SLMHC) and Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority (SLFNHA). Andrew has experience with the design and implementation of educational and healthcare research programming in the Sioux Lookout region, including collaboration between First Nations communities, Healthcare Centres, and universities from across Ontario. Andrew oversees the ethics and assists researchers with navigating the Research Review and Ethics process at SLMHC, and serves on multiple regional steering committees.

Prior to working in northwestern Ontario, Andrew served as Assistant Dean at the Memphis College of Art, Memphis TN, where he oversaw institutional effectiveness, institutional research, academic advising, and served as an MFA faculty member and advisor. Andrew holds a BA and BEd from Lakehead University, and a MFA from MCA.

Under Andrew’s leadership, the Anishnaabe Bimaadiziwin Research Program strives to create a culture of inquiry that will foster local and regional, relevant research, to better inform health care providers and act as a catalyst in promoting excellence in the delivery of optimal healthcare. The Research Program seeks input from numerous outside partners and agencies including First Nations tribal councils and communities; and is developing opportunities and partnerships to expand research programming to include community-based research models.

Doug Murray

Doug Murray was born and raised in Thunder Bay. After completing a Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo, Doug has worked in the pulp and paper industry in Northern Ontario and British Columbia in progressively more senior management roles for over 30 years, including 11 plus years as a General Manager. Doug is presently the CEO of the Thunder Bay Economic Development Commission. Doug has been involved in many service clubs and the Chamber of Commerce, including four years on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. He presently sits on the founding Board of the Northern Policy Institute and the CRIBE Board (Centre for Research & Innovation in the Bio-economy).

Dr. Jinan Fiaidhi

Dr. Jinan Fiaidhi is a full Professor of Computer Science at Lakehead University since 2001. She is also an Adjunct Research Professor with the University of Western Ontario since 2009. Dr. Fiaidhi received her graduate degrees in Computer Science from Essex University (PgD 1983) and Brunel University (PhD, 1986). Dr. Fiaidhi research is focused on mobile and ubiquitous learning utilizing the emerging technologies (e.g. Cloud Computing, Calm Computing, Learning Analytics, Mobile Learning, Personal Learning Environment, Social Networking, Enterprise Mashups, Big Data and Semantic Web). Dr. Fiaidhi has intensive editorial experience (EiC of IGI IJEACH and EiC of IJSEIA, Department Editor with IEEE IT-Profesional)e.g. Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Software Engineering and Its Applications (IJSEIA), Editor in Chief for International Journal of Cloud-Computing and Super-Computing (IJCS). Dr. Fiaidhi is the Chair of Big Data for eHealth with the IEEE ComSoc. Dr. Fiaidhi is the founder of the Lakehead University Smart Health FabLab.

Dr. Abraham ‘Rami’ Rudnick

Dr. Rudnick is the Executive VP Research & Development at the Hospital and Chief Scientist at the Health Research Institute. Dr. Rudnick is a certified psychiatrist and a PhD-trained philosopher. He is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Mental Health, and is a Canadian Certified Physician Executive and a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner. He has published more than a hundred peer reviewed papers and nine books, as well as many book chapters and other publications, addressing mental health, ethics and philosophy of science.

He is the recipient of the pioneer award in recovery research granted by the Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) / Readaption Psychosociale (RPS) Canada, a recipient of the Michael Smith award granted by the Schizophrenia Society of Canada, a Fellow of the Canadian Psychiatric Association, and a Distinguished Fellow and Gold Medalist of the European Society for Person Centred Healthcare.

This one-credit-per-hour Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by the Continuing Education and Professional Development Office at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine for up to 6 Mainpro+ credit(s). This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the Continuing Education and Professional Development Office at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. You may claim a maximum of 6 hour(s) (credits are automatically calculated).

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