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Queen's-led initiative partners with Rick Hansen Institute

 
2011-10-27
[Rick Hansen with Alice Aiken and Stephanie Belanger]The Queen's- and RMC-founded Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) has partnered with the Rick Hansen Institute to improve health care outcomes for members of the Canadian military and veterans with spinal cord injuries. Pictured with Mr. Hansen are (left) RMC's Stephanie Belanger, associate director of the CIMVHR, and Queen's professor Alice Aiken, director of the CIMVHR.

The Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) is partnering with the Rick Hansen Institute (RHI) to identify, develop, validate, and accelerate the translation of evidence and best practices to improve health care outcomes for members of the Canadian military and veterans with spinal cord injuries.

“This is a wonderful partnership that will facilitate the exchange of knowledge and expertise between the CIMVHR and the RHI,” says Alice Aiken, Director, CIMVHR. “Both institutes stand to benefit a great deal from working together to tackle these issues.”

Under the recently-signed agreement, the RHI will act as CIMVHR’s primary resource for spinal cord injury research and implementing best practices for care of people with spinal cord injuries. The CIMVHR will help translate knowledge from RHI into a military context.

The CIMVHR and RHI will work together to increase collaboration focused on reducing the incidence and severity of permanent paralysis resulting from spinal cord injuries; increase restoration of physical function following spinal cord injuries; and reduce the incidence and severity of secondary complications associated with spinal cord injuries.

The CIMVHR was established by Queen's and the Royal Military College of Canada to address the gap in veteran health research in Canada and to deal with the diverse set of physical, mental and social health issues that are faced by veterans, returning soldiers and current soldiers. The CIMVHR’s second annual forum will take place November 14-16 in Kingston.

For more information about the CIMVHR visit the website.
 

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