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Niagara Health's second Annual Research Day to take place April 28, 2022

Posted Apr 5th, 2022

Niagara Health's second Annual Research Day will take place virtually on Thursday, April 28, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Please register here.

Join us to learn about research taking place at Niagara Health and at regional academic centres to contribute to overall health and well-being, improve patient outcomes and the way care is delivered. Our speakers and more than 50 poster presenters will share their latest findings and answer questions about their research. There will also be networking opportunities.

At our event, we’ll announce the inaugural recipients of Niagara Health’s annual Staff and Physician Research Awards. Dr. Johan Viljoen, Chief of Staff and Executive Vice President, Medical Affairs, has generously sponsored the two awards, which are at a value of $1,000 each.

Niagara Health's Annual Research Day will be accredited for up to three credits for Physician Specialists and Family Physicians by both the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the College of Family Physicians of Canada (Ontario chapter). Certificates of Attendance will be provided to those who attend once attendance is verified in Zoom.

Learn about our keynote speakers

Dr. Darcy Fehlings.Dr. Darcy Fehlings, Pediatric Neurologist, Senior Clinician Scientist, Bloorview Research Institute

Dr. Fehlings is Head of the Division of Developmental Paediatrics and is a Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto. Dr. Fehlings also serves as a Senior Clinician Scientist in the Bloorview Research Institute and leads a large cerebral palsy clinical program at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Canada’s largest children’s pediatric rehabilitation hospital. Her research focuses on the innovation and evaluation of interventions for children with cerebral palsy including dystonia and pain management. She is the lead investigator of an Ontario Brain Institute integrated neuroscience network focused on children with cerebral palsy (CP-NET). 

Dr. Dominique Piquette.Dr. Dominique Piquette, Adult Critical Care Staff Physician, Department of Critical Care Medicine of Sunnybrook

Dr. Piquette is an adult critical care staff physician in the Department of Critical Care Medicine of Sunnybrook, an assistant professor in the Interdepartmental Division of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Toronto, and a centre researcher at the Wilson Centre. Dr. Piquette’s current research interests are primarily focused on better understanding how physicians learn in changing critical care clinical environments at the postgraduate and post-certification levels, and how research training can be improved to better the care and the health of all Canadians. In order to achieve this goal, she uses a range of research methodologies, including quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches. Dr. Piquette is also actively engaged in critical care curriculum development and evaluation.

Dr. Madelyn Law.Dr. Madelyn Law, Associate Professor in the Department of Health Sciences, Associate Vice-Provost and the Director of the Interprofessional Education for Quality Improvement Program at Brock University

Dr. Law's work bridges research to quality improvement to ensure that meaningful results are realized in the practice setting. Through this implementation science lens, Dr. Law engages with community partners across the Niagara region to help support the use of evidence to enhance health services for the community. She is an accomplished academic with grants through the Government of Ontario, Canadian Institutes for Health Research and the PSI Foundation that have led to 48 publications and 150 presentations at academic and practice conferences around the world. Dr. Law grew up in Pelham and has dedicated much of her career to supporting the health and well-being of the Niagara community. 


9:05 to 9:15 a.m. – Welcome and opening remarks

9:15 to 10:45 a.m. – Driving the learning health system forward through community hospital research

9:15 to 9:30 a.m. – Keynote speaker Dr. Kusum Menon will speak to the importance of building research capacity in community hospitals as well as part of her leadership role within the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group (CCCTG).

9:30 to 9:45 a.m. – Keynote speaker Dr. Darcy Fehlings to speak about how she uses a large registry database and a patient advisory committee to inform and conduct research to improve care for children with cerebral palsy.

9:45 to 10 a.m. – Dr. Madelyn Law, Associate Professor, Heath Sciences at Brock University, to speak about Interprofessional Education for Quality Improvement (I-EQUIP).

10 to 10:45 a.m. – Moderated discussion facilitated by Dr. Law. This discussion will include Dr. Kusum Manon, Dr. Darcy Fehlings, Dr. Johan Viljoen, Chief of Staff and Executive Vice President, Medical Affairs at Niagara Health and Andrea Scott, CEO of the Niagara Health Foundation.

10:45 to 11 a.m. – Break

11 to noon – Virtual poster presentation session

Noon to 12:30 p.m. – Research updates from Niagara Health programs

Noon to 12:05 p.m. – Cardiology (Dr. Natalia Pinilla, Cardiologist – Physician Associate at Niagara Health)

12:05 to 12:10 p.m. – Emergency (Dr. Suneel Upadhye, Physician, Emergency Medicine at Niagara Health)

12:10 to 12:15 p.m. – Critical Care (Dr. Jennifer Tsang, Physician Research Lead at Niagara Health)

12:15 to 12:20 p.m. – Oncology (Dr. Linda Lee, Physician at Niagara Health)

12:20 to 12:35 p.m. – Presentation of Awards

12:25 to 12:30 p.m. – Physician Award (presented by Dr. Maynard Luterman, Physician at Niagara Health)

12:30 p.m. to 12:35 p.m. – Staff Award (presented by Dr. Johan Viljoen)

12:35 to 12:45 p.m. – Closing remarks

Learn more about research at Niagara Health.

Do you have questions or need more information on the event? Please contact Elaina Orlando, Research Manager at

Niagara Health System