Faculty of Health Sciences Research Day

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Join us as we explore research from all areas of the Faculty of Health Sciences. This year we highlight dementia, and the provision of care to people living with dementia.

Fees: FHS Research Day is FREE. Limited spaces are available. Please register (see below) by May 8.

Food: A catered lunch, continental breakfast and snacks are provided.

Event Details

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
8:30 am to 1:30 pm
Check-in begins at 8:00 am

Brescia University College
The Mercato
1285 Western Road - London, Ontario

Keynote address, research presentations, community panel discussion, networking


Schedule of Events

  • 8:00 a.m. – Registration/Check-in Opens
  • 8:30 a.m. – Welcome and Keynote Introduction
  • 8:45 a.m. – Keynote Address and Q&A
    • Elizabeth Finger, MD - Social Cognition and Dementia
  • 9:45 a.m. – Nutrition and Networking Break #1
  • 10:00 a.m. – Graduate Student/Postdoctoral Scholar Research Presentations
  • 11:15 a.m. – Nutrition and Networking Break #2
  • 11:30 a.m. – Community Panel Discussion and Q&A
    • Providing Care to People with Dementia-Related Challenges
  • 12:30 p.m. - Closing Remarks
    • Followed by Lunch and Networking

About the Keynote Speaker

Elizabeth Finger

Elizabeth Finger, MD

Associate Professor

Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University

Elizabeth Finger received her MD from Cornell University. She completed an internship in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, followed by residency in Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. She completed a clinical research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in the Unit on Affective and Cognitive Disorders at the NIMH and joined Western's Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences in 2007. 

Dr. Finger's research focuses on understanding the cognitive, neural, and genetic substrates of abnormal decision-making, emotion, and social behavior. The research program combines neuropsychological tasks with functional MRI, diffusion tensor imaging, lesion studies, pharmacologic challenges, and genetic polymorphism associations to delineate the cognitive and neural systems affected in patients with Frontotemporal Dementia, related disorders and their at-risk family members.

Graduate Student/Postdoctoral Presenters

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from the Faculty of Health Sciences will deliver introducing their research and showcasing how the discoveries being made in the Faculty of Health Sciences have the potential to impact human health. Presenters are listed alphabetically based on their affiliated School/Program.

Graduate Program in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

  • Zoe Letwin
    Topic: I’m in Pain! Developing an Interprofessional Pain Management Curriculum
  • Shahan Salim
    Topic: In Pain? Play a video game!
  • Jovana Sibalija
    Topic: Caregivers Need Care Too
  • Azar Varahrami Vigeh
    Topic: What are the functional patient experiences during recovery from a proximal humerus fracture

School of Kinesiology

  • Baraa Al-Khazraji (Postdoctoral Scholar)
    Topic: Brain Blood Flow Health Outcomes in Osteoarthritis
  • Gazal Kukreja
    Topic: Mentoring? What's to Gain?
  • Anisa Morava
    Topic: Stepping Away From Smoking
  • Yoah Sui
    Topic: Less couch, less grouch: The relationship between sedentary behaviour and subjective well-being
  • Narlon Boa Sorte Silva
    Topic: Exercise to Improve the Hearts and Minds of Canadian Older Adults with Hypertension: The Heart and Mind Study

Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing

  • Ryan Chan
    Topic: Baccalaureate Nursing Students’ Self-efficacy, Confidence, and Medication Errors in Simulated Medication Administration Practice
  • Alexis Smith
    Topic: Turnover in Nursing: The Call for Authentic Leaders
  • Edmund Walsh
    Topic: Authentic Leadership: A Proposed Strategy to Address Workplace Bullying Experienced by Nurses

Health Information Science

  • Brad Hiebert
    Topic: Normalizing and navigating: How rural male farmers in southwest Ontario seek health information

Community Panel Members


Free parking will be available in the main parking lot off of Brescia Drive. See parking map for more details. 

Additional Information

For more information about this event, contact:

Gordon MacDonald
Research Officer, Faculty of Health Sciences
519-661-2111 ext. 80505