Dr. Nancy Salbach Receives Funding for CIHR Project Scheme Grant

Dr. Nancy Salbach received a CIHR Project Grant

Dr. Nancy Salbach is a recipient of a 2016 Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s (CIHR) Project Grant! She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy.

Dr. Salbach’s project titled, Getting Older Adults OUTdoors: A randomized controlled trial of a community-based outdoor walking program encourages older adults who have difficulty walking to participate in either a 1-day workshop and 3 month outdoor walking program or workshop and receive weekly reminders for 3 months. The majority of older Canadians rarely walk outside. Participants will learn more about appropriate footwear, walking aids, equipment, goal setting and practice skills to increase outdoor walking. This will improve the health and well-being of older adults. Walking can help reduce the risk of heart disease, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, osteoporosis, depression and falls.

The Project Grant program helps advance ideas that will undoubtedly transform fundamental health-related or applied knowledge, health research, health care, health systems and/or health outcomes. These are projects with a specific purpose and defined end point.

Dr. Salbach is a physical therapist and epidemiologist. She obtained her BSc degrees in Physiology and Physical Therapy, her MSc in Rehabilitation Science and her PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from McGill University. She is a recipient of a CIHR Award, an Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation Early Researcher Award, and a Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario Clinician Scientist Career Award. Nancy is a founding member and Chair of the Canadian Advisory Collaborative for TIMETM (CAN-ACT). TIMETM stands for Together in Movement and Exercise, a community exercise program incorporating a healthcare-recreation partnership for people with balance and mobility limitations.

To learn more about Dr. Salbach and her research, please visit: http://bit.ly/2pYewdg.

For more information on the Project Grant, please visit: http://bit.ly/2qRU6nF.