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NOSM Researcher Participating in $55.5M National Dementia Initiative

Dr. Kristen Jacklin, NOSM Associate Professor

On Wednesday, September 10, 2014, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Federal Minister of Health, announced the launch of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA), a national initiative aimed at tackling the growing onset of dementia and related illnesses and improving the lives of Canadians with these illnesses and their families and caregivers. Kristen Jacklin, NOSM Associate Professor, Medical Anthropology, is one of 47 principal investigators on the CCNA who will be receiving $1 million for dementia care research. Jacklin and her team will investigate issues in dementia care for rural and Indigenous populations.

Northern Passages du Nord Summer 2014 Now Available


The Summer 2014 edition of Northern Passages du Nord is now available online. The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) has published Northern Passages, the School’s external newsletter, since 2002. This month, we roll out a brand-new redesign! Northern Passages will continue to be published four times a year, however we have changed our bilingual layout for easier reading. This fresh new layout allows us to write longer and more in-depth articles on topics relevant to the people and communities of Northern Ontario. We hope you enjoy the newly revitalized Northern Passages!

NOSM Engages Communities in Strategic Planning

NOSMSP 2020 Web

Together, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) and the people and communities of Northern Ontario are creating a Strategic Plan for the School for the years 2015-2020. From May to September 2014, NOSM’s Dean and CEO Dr. Roger Strasser, Associate Dean of Community Engagement and Senior Associate Dean at Laurentian University, Dr. David Marsh, senior leaders, and staff are travelling to more than 50 Northern, rural, remote, Francophone, and Aboriginal communities across the North to meet with individuals, organizations, health-care professionals, and faculty to discuss Northern Ontarians’ ongoing health-related needs. The input provides important guidance and sets priorities for NOSM’s future. All feedback is extensively recorded, and will inform the direction that the School takes for the next five years.

First Nations Communities Assess Progress at NOSM

WTV Gathering Chief Keeter Corston of Chapleau Cree First Nation

From August 13-15, 2014, Chapleau Cree First Nation hosted the Northern Ontario School of Medicine's (NOSM) fourth Aboriginal Community Partnership Gathering, called "Walking the Vision." NOSM senior leaders, faculty, and staff gathered with over 100 Aboriginal community members from across Northern Ontario to develop, strengthen, and enhance relationships, provide information regarding past recommendations made to the School at the last gathering May 2011, report about the tangible progress the School has made in implementing those recommendations, and seek recommendations about how the School can refine its practices, activities, and outcomes to ensure that NOSM continues to meet the needs of Aboriginal peoples across Northern Ontario.


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