Research at Hôpital Charles LeMoyne
Creation of the Chair in Work Rehabilitation
Longueuil, le 25 septembre 2002 – Université de Sherbrooke and Hôpital Charles LeMoyne have united their efforts to create the Research Chair in Work Rehabilitation that aims at preventing workplace absenteeism, particularly one linked to prolonged disability due to a health problem.
Funding for this first chair, that was developed by Université de Sherbrooke's teaching hospital, was announced today by the Hôpital Charles LeMoyne Foundation during the launching of its five-year funding campaign.
The Foundation has thus announced that both Pratt&Whitney Canada and the Jacques-Armand-Bombardier Foundation would equally contribute $ 600 000 to the Chair. As for the Université de Sherbrooke Foundation, it is contributing $ 742 000 thanks to a prior grant received from the CSST to aid research and which has capitalized over many years. These funds were expected to help the Faculté de médecine develop an expertise in occupational health and safety. The Research Chair in Work Rehabilitation becomes one of the most generously endowed chairs with its near 2 million dollar fund.
Université de Sherbrooke's President, Bruno-Marie Béchard, has announced that professor Patrick Loisel from the Faculté de médecine has been named to hold the new chair. Professor Loisel is the founder of the Quebec Network for Work Rehabilitation as well as Prévicap, a program given at Université de Sherbrooke's campus in Longueuil. He is also in charge of a graduate program in Rehabilitation Practices offered by Université de Sherbrooke and leads a national program to train researchers in work rehabilitation.
" The Research Chair in Work Rehabilitation oversees the efforts made in the Network", underlines the President, who reminded us that the program Prévicap, developed by Hôpital Charles LeMoyne thanks to Professor Patrick Loisel's research, is the Network's designated program for their establishments in accordance with an agreement made with the CSST.
"We are very proud of this eminent specialist's achievements in rehabilitation and prevention of occupational disabilities. This fast-developing science has very few experts in the world and Dr. Patrick Loisel is one of them", states the President.
The work rehabilitation program was first developed in 1991 at Université de Sherbrooke, based on a unique management model for occupational back pain. This innovative program has doubled the rate of return to work, hence more rapidly relieving injured workers from pain and disability while allowing important savings.
Based on this success, the program Prévicap was developed in 1997 by a multidisciplinary and inter-university team, thanks to grants from the Fonds de recherche en santé du Québec and the Régie régionale de la Montérégie. Prévicap very quickly proved to be effective in preventing work disabilities associated to musculoskeletal problems, and more particularly back pain. It has obtained International recognition and is implemented in many countries. Furthermore, IRSST collaborates to this research work.
Last June, Patrick Loisel was entrusted with the task of running the WDP CIHR Strategic Training Program. He thus leads a transdisciplinary team consisting of 24 specialists from 9 Canadian Universities. The team members were chosen to offer a training program to PhD students; these future graduates will prevent disabilities that more than a million Canadians are at risk for every year at work.
Hôpital Charles LeMoyne formed an association with Université de Sherbrooke in 1991 in order to become a teaching hospital. Twenty-five full time professors from different medical disciplines and nursing sciences work there. More than 200 students attend this center every year.
Due to its themes such as rehabilitation, occupational health and population health, Hôpital Charles LeMoyne will become more and more involved in the development of the Université de Sherbrooke's programs dealing with medical research and nursing sciences. Its affiliation with the university will allow the hospital to increase its contribution to Montérégie's social and economical progress while augmenting the quality and accessibility to healthcare services.
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Gilles Pelloille, responsable des communications
(819) 821-8000, ext. 3395; Gilles.Pelloille@USherbrooke.ca
Professeur Patrick Loisel,
Faculté de médecine de l'Université de Sherbrooke
1111, St Charles Ouest, bureau 101 Longueuil (Québec) J4K 5G4 Canada
(450) 674-5908; Patrick.Loisel@USherbrooke.ca