Let’s celebrate the successes of Academic Affairs

The Academic Affairs Directorate coordinates six main components of its mission: teaching, research, leading practices, knowledge transfer and integration, evaluation of technology and modes of intervention, and visibility.

For the second edition of CIUSSS West-Central Montreal success stories we are profiling the Academic Affairs team, who have had several notable achievements in recent months. 

Adoption of a new governance model
The Academic Affairs Directorate was created as a result of the merger of the Research and the Medical and University Education Directorates. This new model is the greatest achievement in our CIUSSS in regards with its university mission. 

Organization of a half-day retreat
A retreat took place in November 2017, with the goal of raising awareness among all senior managers, partners and chief researchers of the six components of the Directorate’s university mission.

Introduction to teaching supervision
A bilingual workshop was developed to support all clinical and non-clinical teaching supervisors currently acting as supervisors or in training. To date, 175 professionals have been trained. 

Collaboration with the Centre de recherche et d’expertise en gérontologie sociale (CREGÉS)

  • CIUSSS West-Central Montreal was mandated by the MSSS to develop a policy framework to combat elder abuse, allowing institutions in the healthcare network to develop their own policies.
  • Thanks to the Elder Mistreatment Helpline, new training modules to counter abuse have been developed and prioritized at the national level, as part of a new MSSS shared continuing education platform.
  • Advance Care Planning: This pan-Canadian initiative aims to develop, implement and evaluate a palliative care program for senior adults in long-term care facilities. Christine Touchette, Associate Director of the SAPA Directorate, contributed to the team of principal investigators.
  • Seniors and local support networks: Given the expected increase of the elderly population and its diversity, this international project will study and compare policies in Quebec and France in regards to seniors, focusing on health and social services. Isabelle Van Pevenage, institutional researcher in social gerontology at CREGÉS, is part of the research team.

Presentation of audiovisual and library services
In order to promote the audiovisual and library services available to CIUSSS employees and the community, the Academic Affairs team recently launched two new Internet and intranet pages on this subject.

Collaboration with the University Institute with Regard to Cultural Communities (SHERPA)

  • CIUSSS West-Central Montreal has been selected to implement several measures related to the Plan d’action gouvernemental 2015-2018 sur la radicalisation du Québec.A specialized clinical intervention team has been set up to respond to the needs expressed by stakeholders and partners and treats approximately 70 cases per month.
  • Discussing sensitive issues with our children – violent news, wars, attacks: various tools have been created for parents to explain dramatic news events to preschool and school-age children. The tools will be available on the SHERPA website.
  • Activities for children in reception sites for asylum seekers – Boscoville, YMCA Residence, Saint-Raphaël: activities organized in a safe environment that stimulate the development of preschool children, as well as artistic activities to help school-age children express their emotions.
  • What if…?: This project will foster intergenerational and community links through art. It has created several collaborative works in Montreal, including a mural with a group of mothers from Park Extension. The projects will be on display from September 10 to October 28, 2018 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Collaboration with the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation of Greater Montreal (CRIR)

Sites within the Rehabilitation Directorate of CIUSSS West-Central Montreal will host the Biomedical Research and Informatics Living Laboratory for Innovative Advances of New Technologies in (BRILLIANT) Mobility research project. The project’s goal is to better understand and improve the mobility of people with acquired brain injury by implementing advanced technological infrastructure.  

Lady Davis Institute (LDI) 
The Jewish General Hospital ranked in Canada’s Top 40 Research Hospitals (Canada’s Innovation Leaders 2017). LDI researchers have received project grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), with almost 20% of LDI applicants successful in obtaining a grant, higher than the national average of 15%.  

  • Christina Greenaway, researcher – three-year study: $1,197,225 – A study on providing information to decision makers to ensure that more effective screening and treatment programs are developed, with the goal of preventing complications and deaths caused by Hepatitis C and eliminating Hepatitis in Canada.
  • Nathalie Johnson, researcher – five-year study: $1,208,700 – A study for developing a new method for monitoring lymphoma patients and discovering a new immunotherapy treatment that would be effective in patients who are not cured by conventional chemotherapy.
  • Andrew Karaplis, researcher – five-year study: $895,050 – A study that will use transgenic mice and molecular biology techniques to understand the mechanism by which elevated levels of the hormone FGF23 affect bone development by altering the local concentration of vitamin D in bone.
  • Dr. Lawrence Kirmayer of the Psychosocial Research Program is one of five lead researchers in a neuroscience project, in collaboration with McGill University, that received an $84 million grant.

The next profile of success stories will showcase the good work of the Human Resources, Communications, Legal Affairs and Global Security Directorate and the Finance Directorate.

To share a project, an initiative, or an idea that made a difference to your team, contact Julie Beauvilliers, Communications Specialist at julie.beauvilliers.ccomtl@ssss.gouv.qc.ca.