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Communication key to work of CanChild Centre says new director

Published: March 21, 2013
Jan Willem Gorter
Dr. Jan Willem Gorter, the new CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research director

The new director of McMaster University's CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research is putting a focus on getting the news out. Dr. Jan Willem Gorter is planning to see the Centre's new strategic plan for knowledge translation is put into action.

Gorter began his new role March 1, 2013. He is an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics and associate member of the School of Rehabilitation Science. Gorter recently became the holder of the Scotiabank Chair in Child Health Research; he is also a scientist at CanChild and a clinician at McMaster Children's Hospital.

"CanChild is a multi-disciplinary centre that stands for high quality and innovative research in child and youth development, and that will continue,” he said. “We will remain focused on making a difference to children and their families throughout their life course."

He added that he wants to increase the impact ofCanChild's research in the field of child health and development, and to maintain a commitment to build future capacity in child health research.

Collaborative partners in the centre include McMaster's School of Rehabilitation Science; Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, including its Department of Pediatrics; the McMaster Children's Hospital and other university and community partners as well as Canadian and international associates.

Founded in 1989, CanChild is a leader in research and education focused on improving the lives of children and youth with disabilities. Its multi-disciplinary team includes researchers from pediatrics, rehabilitation medicine, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech and language pathology, kinesiology, social psychology and clinical epidemiology and biostatistics.

Gorter came to CanChild in 2002 from the Netherlands to complete a post-doctoralfellowship. The following year he co-founded NetChild Network for Childhood Disability Research in the Netherlands and established a still-flourishing, multi-disciplinary network of professionals in the field of childhood disability while promoting innovative research in this area.

He returned to McMaster full-time in 2008 and has been an active researcher with CanChild ever since. His personal expertise is in transition services for youth with chronic health conditions.

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