Division of Geriatric Medicine

People of Recognition

Janet PritchardThe Division of Geriatric Medicine would like to congratulate Ms. Janet Pritchard on completing her PhD Studies:

Thesis title: The assessment of structural and material bone qualities in adults with type 2 diabetes
Degree: PhD, Medical Sciences, McMaster University
Supervisor: Dr. Alexandra Papaioannou
Supervisory committee: Dr. Rick Adachi, Dr. Stephanie Atkinson, Dr. Lora Giangregorio, Dr. Karen Beattie, Dr. Henry Schwarcz

Current position: Janet Pritchard is a post-doctoral fellow with St. Peter’s Research and Education Centre. The focus of her work will be on knowledge translation strategies of clinical practice guidelines to improve care of seniors in primary care. This study will inform policy makers, clinicians and scientists of barriers and facilitators to improving care of seniors using electronic medical records. This project is in collaboration with Dr. Alexandra Papaioannou, OntarioMD and the Ontario College of Family Physicians.

Focus of PhD work: Dr. Pritchard's PhD research focus was on the interaction between type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis in older adults using novel technologies, such as MRI and scanning electron microscopy. Janet has been successful in publishing the findings of her research in leading journals in the field and has received salary support funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship Fund. In addition to academic successes, Janet’s involvement on various councils at McMaster University was recognized with the 2011 Mary Keyes Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service to McMaster University.

Carly SkidmoreCarly Skidmore – Summary of MSc Research

Thesis Titled: Tailored Exercise for Fall and Fracture Prevention In Older Adults: A Family Health Team Approach

Ms. Carly Skidmore (H.B.Kin, MSc) is a research coordinator for Dr. Alexandra Papaioannou at St. Peter’s Hospital. As a member of the research team, Carly is involved in a number of research initiatives such as guideline development, risk assessment, knowledge translation interventions and project coordination for the Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy for Long-Term Care. Recently, Carly received her Master of Science from the University of Waterloo. Carly’s Masters thesis examined the feasibility of a six-week tailored exercise plus behaviour change intervention delivered in primary care to older adults at high risk for falls or fractures. The interdisciplinary PEPTEAM (Prescribe Exercise for the Prevention of Falls and Fractures) exercise program was delivered within a family health team and consisted of: a physician telling the patient they are at risk, exercise prescription provided by a physical therapist, and behaviour change counseling delivered by a kinesiologist. Important recommendations and practical suggestions to improve a future multicenter randomized controlled trial were generated from this pilot study.

Carly Received the Graduate Senate Scholarship from the University of Waterloo to help fund her research studies.