Improving Quality of Care for Ontario Seniors: Early Researcher Awards Support Three Lakehead Students

(September 13, 2011 – Thunder Bay, ON) Seven key research institutes in Ontario, including Lakehead University’s Centre for Education and Research on Aging and Health (CERAH), make up the Ontario Research Coalition of Research Institutes/Centres on Health & Aging (ORC). ORC members work to improve the quality of care provided to seniors in Ontario.

L-R: Ashley Hope, Katherine Kortes-Miller, Kimberly Ramsbottom, and Dr. Ian Newhouse, Director of CERAH

CERAH, as a partner in the coalition, has received funding for Early Researcher Awards that provide support to students to offset the cost of conducting research. This year, CERAH is pleased to announce that three Lakehead University students, Ashley Hope, Kathy Kortes-Miller, and Kimberly Ramsbottom, have been selected by the Centre to receive individual Early Researcher Awards valued from $7,000 - $10,000.

“CERAH is delighted to provide Early Researcher Awards to these remarkable individuals who show very promising research careers in aging and health. We expect that the results of these research projects will contribute to the improved health and care of older adults in our communities,” says Dr. Ian Newhouse, Director of CERAH. “These research projects align with CERAH’s mission to advance health and social care for an aging population and promote the health and well being of older people. In addition, they tie in very well with the research priorities of ORC – chronic disease, aging at home, drug usage/patient safety, and mobility and aging.”

Ashley Hope, a candidate for the Lakehead University Kinesiology Master of Science program with a Specialization in Gerontology, plans to research “Dog Walking as a Form of Physical Activity: A Valuable Source of Physical Activity for the Older Adult Population.” Ashley’s work will focus on the role of physical activity and its benefit for health and mobility of the aging population. Ashley is supervised by Dr. Joey Farrell, School of Kinesiology, Lakehead University.

Kathy Kortes-Miller is currently enrolled in the Joint PhD in Education Program at Lakehead University, is a research affiliate of CERAH, is the Interdisciplinary Certificate in Palliative Care Coordinator, and a sessional lecturer with the certificate program at Lakehead University. Kathy’s research, “High Fidelity Simulation in Interprofessional Palliative Care Education,” explores how the pedagogical uses of simulation technology can enhance and support interdisciplinary palliative care education. She is supervised by Dr. Lisa Korteweg, Faculty of Education, Lakehead University.

Kimberly Ramsbottom, currently enrolled in the Master of Social Work Program at Lakehead University, will focus her research on understanding the experiences of a “good death” within long-term care homes from the perspectives of family members and staff using appreciative inquiry methodology. She is supervised by Dr. Mary Lou Kelley, School of Social Work, Lakehead University.

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Media: Dr. Ian Newhouse, along with Kathy Kortes-Miller and Ashley Hope are available for media interviews. For more information please contact Janine Chiasson, Communications Officer, at 807-343-8177 or

About Lakehead
Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for a multidisciplinary teaching approach that emphasizes collaborative learning and independent critical thinking. Over 8,280 students and 2,000 faculty and staff learn and work at campuses located in Orillia, and Thunder Bay, Ontario, which is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Lakehead University promotes innovative research that supports local and regional socio-economic needs. In Orillia, development continues on building a campus that meets Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards.

Last updated September 13, 2011

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