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World-Class Research is Making a Difference

World-Class Research is Making  a Difference

Patients participating in Circuit Class

Editor’s Note:  Shane McCullum is Physiotherapist and Research Associate at the Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation

When people mention the Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation, you no doubt think about a world-class facility with experts who make a significant difference in the lives of patients and their families. What you might not know however, is that we also have a small, but mighty team dedicated to research focused on local, national and international clinical studies involving persons who have neurological and neuromuscular injuries and diseases. 

Through careful management of endowed funds, the Stan Cassidy Foundation is able to assist with the financial resources for leading-edge research at the Centre. The knowledge gained by Stan Cassidy Centre staff through that research improves day-to-day work with patients. Additionally, these research findings are shared with colleagues around the world. In turn we learn from them.  It’s a win-win.

As a Physiotherapist and a Research Associate over the last seven years at the Stan Cassidy Centre, I have worked directly with patients implementing research findings, and I have overseen a number of research projects. 

While our research team is small, we have been fortunate to have the support of the endowment funds from the Stan Cassidy Foundation, which have resulted in new equipment, training and support for staff conducting research as needed. 

The Impact of Research Grants

Research drives healthcare forward -- making diagnosis and treatment faster, more accurate and more effective.  It contributes to the pursuit of cures.  At any given time, the Stan Cassidy Centre participates in 15-20 research studies. This includes specialized drug trials, ALS research, as well as specialized research in spinal cord injuries and neuromotor diseases. The outcomes from all this research are key to treatment and to determining the types of equipment the Centre needs.

One of the research studies I have been directly involved with, and particularly proud of, was the Circuit Class Study.  We studied the development and deployment of exercise classes that improve cardiovascular health and overall strength for Stan Cassidy out-patients. The classes, designed for one-hour a week over eight weeks, were completely tailored to each individual.  Through the study findings, we are looking at delivering classes which have traditionally been held in the rehabilitation centre at the local Y and potentially at other community fitness facilities across the province.. 

Like many of our research studies, this was a collaborative effort – in this case with the local YMCA and the University of New Brunswick’s Department of Kinesiology.

Matching Dollars

Through a partnership with the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF), all research grant dollars that are awarded by the Stan Cassidy Foundation are matched 1:1 by NBHRF, meaning that donations to the Stan Cassidy Foundation Research & Education Endowment go even further.

To learn more about the Stan Cassidy Foundation, or to enquire about how you can donate to the Research and Education Endowment, click here. 

Shane McCullum
Physiotherapist and Research Associate
Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation


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