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Papers and Presentations

A randomized controlled trial of a nurse co-ordinated model of care versus usual care in 474 patients with stage 3 and 4 chronic kidney disease in the community was recently reported in two papers in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. The principal investigator was Brendan Barrett and senior investigator Patrick Parfrey, Faculty of Medicine. The trial was conducted in five centres across Canada (St. John's, Halifax, Montreal, London and Vancouver). The findings were discussed in an accompanying editorial. The editorial concluded that if the intent of health systems is to address general issues of care co-ordination within a complex medical system, the economic findings of this trial may persuade adoption of nurse-based care, as outlined in this trial, for patients with chronic kidney disease.

Dr. Lynda Younghusband, assistant professor, Counselling Centre, was invited by the Association Mexicana Psicologica y Psioterapia AC (AMOPP) to speak at the third annual counselling conference in Mexico, Oct. 12-14, sponsored by the Universidad Iberoamericana, Leon Guanajuato. Dr. Younghusband gave two different presentations on ethics in counselling as well as an ethics workshop. Additionally, she brought greetings from the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and presented AMOPP with copies of the CCPA Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice and an Ethics text (co-authored by Dr. Glenn Sheppard).

From Oct. 23-26, School of Human Kinetics and Recreation assistant professor Angela Loucks-Atkinson represented Memorial University at the 2011 National Recreation Summit in Lake Louise, Alta. It was a four-day think tank on the future of recreation in Canada with the theme Recreation, Community and Quality of Life.

Dr. TA Loeffler, School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, was invited to attend the Association of Universities and Colleges Canada (AUCC) 100th annual meeting in Montreal in October as a 3M Teaching Fellow. The AUCC invited key thinkers to dialogue with university presidents and leaders at their annual conference about the future of higher education in Canada. Dr. Loeffler also wrote a blog entry for the gathering: