CIMVHR Forum 2023 - October 16-18 in Ottawa Gatineau
The Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) hosted its 13th annual Military and Veteran Health Research Forum in Ottawa-Gatineau. This event featured over 850 attendees that had an opportunity to view over 250 presentations, including current research from over 190 government and academic researchers. Making this our largest Forum to date.
Monday morning opened at CIMVHR Forum with over 200 individuals attending The Families Roundtable entitled Families of military personnel, Veterans, and public safety personnel are the strength beside the uniform, doing their part to ensure the safety and security of Canada, at home and abroad. Following the well-attended roundtable, CIMVHR Forum kicked off with a panel discussion title We stand on guard: Integrating and advancing Veteran and public safety personnel research and care, which was moderated by Dr. Nicole Sadler, Head of Policy and Practice, Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health. Panelists included: Brent MacIntyre, Ottawa Police Services; LCol (Retd) Alexandra Heber, Chief of Psychiatry, Veterans Affairs Canada; ; Stephanie Priest, Acting Director General, Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing, Public Health Agency of Canada; Dr. Heidi Cramm, Professor of Occupational Therapy, School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Research Lead, Families Matter Research Group, Queen’s University, Head of Family Research Strategy, CIMVHR; and Dr. R. Nicholas Carleton, Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Regina. The group discussed the important work being done on the evolution and intersections between military and veteran and public safety personnel mental health research, treatment services and policies, and what we have learned over recent years.
The Surgeon General of the Canadian Armed Forces, MGen Marc Bilodeau, introduced the 2022 recipient of the Sir Frederick Banting Award, Chris M. Edwards PhD (Cand). Chris M. Edwards is a PhD candidate at the University of Ottawa working under the supervision of Dr. Kristi Adamo who delivered a keynote presentation titled Does a History of Childbirth Impact Musculoskeletal Injury in Female Military Members?
Monday evening ended with a special discussion with the Surgeon General and Commander of the Medical Forces Command, Armed Forces Ukraine who highlighted the medical challenges and innovations implemented by the Ukraine medical services over the first 18 months of the ongoing Ukrainian-Russian war.
The second day of CIMVHR Forum began with Col. C. Forestier, OMM, MSC, CD, MD
Director Health Services Strategic Concepts, Canadian Forces Health Services Group introduced Dr. Margaret Bourdeaux to deliver a keynote presentation entitles Building Health System Resilience: Is Canada Ready?. Dr. Bourdeaux is the Research Director, Program in Global Public Policy and Social Change, Co-chair, Berkman Klein Center, Policy Practice: Digital Pandemic Response, Instructor in Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital.
On the final day of CIMVHR Forum, Mr. Nathan Svenson, Research Director at Veteran Affairs Canada, introduced the final keynote speaker Dr. Sumitra Muralidhar who presented on The Million Veteran Program: Advancing Precision Healthcare at the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Muralidhar is the Director of Million Veteran Program (MVP); U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.