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Health Minister Deb Matthews at CMCC


November 15, 2012
By Maria DiDanieli


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Nov. 14, Toronto, ON – The Honourable Deb Matthews,
Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, attended the inauguration of the
UOIT-CMCC Centre for the Study of Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation, a
joint research-focused initiative between the University of Ontario Institute
of Technology (UOIT) and the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) that
promises to help build the framework for new evidence-informed approaches to
health-care delivery in Canada.

“The
new Centre will help Ontarians better manage their chronic conditions and
disabilities,” said Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. “I
want to thank UOIT and CMCC for their continued partnership and innovative
approach to patient-centered care.”

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Directed
by Pierre Côté, DC, PhD, an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health
Sciences at UOIT, who also holds appointments at the Dalla Lana School of
Public Health at the University of Toronto and at CMCC, the Centre will work
with related health research and innovative support agencies, educational
partners, health-care delivery institutions, industry and government to examine
questions focused on the prevention and management of chronic conditions and
disabilities. Researchers will generate new ideas involving integrated,
collaborative and evidence-informed approaches to health care. 

“I am
delighted to be part of the UOIT and CMCC partnership,” said Dr. Côté. “I look
forward to working with researchers from both institutions and collaborating
with them on these innovative research projects that will benefit the lives of
individuals affected by chronic conditions and disabilities.”

Work at
the Centre is supported by a $2.8 million grant from the Financial Services
Commission of Ontario. The grant was awarded to Dr. Côté through an open
competitive request for proposals process from the Ontario Ministry of Finance
to develop a Minor Injury Treatment Protocol. Research will occur at both
institutions with the first phase located at CMCC, in Toronto.

“I am
very pleased that UOIT and CMCC will have the opportunity to work together on
this important venture,” said Dr. Ellen Vogel, Dean, Faculty of Health
Sciences, UOIT. “The work led by Dr. Côté 
and his team will increase UOIT’s capacity for innovative and relevant
research and also create more opportunity for undergraduate and graduate
students to gain valuable work experience.”

”CMCC
is delighted by this second collaborative project with UOIT, which stands to
create lasting benefits by informing health policy and demonstrating the
dynamism and potential created through inter-institutional collaboration,” said
CMCC President Dr. Jean Moss.

Dr.
Côté will lead a highly experienced team comprised of Dr. Craig Jacobs,
clinical co-ordinator; Dr. Mana Rezai, graduate student; Dr. Heather Shearer,
research manager; Dr. Danielle Southerst, research associate; Dr. Maja Stupar,
research associate; and Dr. Jessica Wong, research associate. Also joining the
team are CMCC researchers Dr. Silvano Mior and Ms. Anne Taylor-Vaisey.

The
Centre builds on a highly successful and ground-breaking educational
partnership between UOIT and CMCC. In February 2012, UOIT and CMCC signed an
articulation agreement that will enable qualified students to complete a
Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) in Kinesiology degree and a Doctor of
Chiropractic degree in seven years, instead of eight. For individuals who
identify their career path early, this agreement seamlessly bridges a
foundational degree into a professional degree in chiropractic.

For
more information about the UOIT-CMCC Centre for the Study of Disability
Prevention and Rehabilitation, please visit


www.uoit.ca/CSDPR
.