A researcher with the Centre for Pediatric Pain Research at the IWK Health Centre has been awarded a prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship to support his study of the cost-effectiveness of single family room care in a Canadian Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Nursing PhD student Timothy Disher is one of three Dalhousie students to receive the award through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) this year.
“This award provides me with the time and support required to contribute to the IWK’s history of leading newborn and family research,” says Disher. “It is an affirmation that we have brought together the right team, at the right centre and at the right time to lay the groundwork for something truly special. It is an absolute honour to be counted amongst those who have won the award in the past.”
Disher’s research will explore how much benefit is associated with switching from multiple family to single family room care in Canada. While research has shown that building hospitals with single family rooms has many benefits there is currently little information about the social and financial burdens that may be placed on parents when hospital units switch to single family room design. Results of the study will be used to make a decision on whether all of Canada’s 177 NICUs should make a switch to single family rooms as well as what family and hospital factors should be considered. As a Vanier scholar Disher will receive $50,000 a year for up to three years of research.
“Tim’s recognition not only speaks to his impressive productivity and research promise but also provides further evidence regarding the high calibre and exceptional research students being trained at the IWK Health Centre and Dalhousie University,” says Dr. Marsha Campbell-Yeo, associate professor in the School of Nursing at Dalhousie University and a clinician scientist at the IWK Health Centre. “Tim’s research findings will provide invaluable information to help families, care providers and policy makers reach decisions about optimal neonatal care environments to ensure best outcomes for vulnerable preterm babies.”
Disher joins 2016 recipients Britney Benoit, also a PhD of Nursing student of Campbell-Yeo’s, and Perri Tutelman, a Clinical Psychology PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Christine Chambers as the only three health-care related scholars at Dalhousie to receive the Vanier in the past two years. All three study at the IWK’s Centre for Pediatric Pain Research.
The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships and Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships are Canada's most prestigious awards for doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows, respectively, working in the health sciences, natural sciences and engineering, and social sciences and humanities. Through these programs, the Government of Canada strengthens the ability of Canadian universities to attract and retain world-class research talent and supports the development of the research leaders of tomorrow.Share