CERAH Announces ORC Early Researcher Awards!

Recipients of the Early Researcher Award for CERAH


The Ontario Research Coalition of Research Institutes / Centres on Health & Aging (ORC) brings together seven key research institutes in Ontario who work on producing evidence that could help to improve the quality of care provided to seniors in Ontario. CERAH is one of seven research institutes/centres on Health and Aging in Ontario and as a partner in the coalition, receives funding to offer one or more Early Researcher Awards. These awards provide salary support for Early Researchers or can be used to offset the cost of conducting research.


We would like to congratulate Kathy Kortes-Miller, Kimberly Ramsbottom and Ashley Hope on being the Centre for Education and Research on Aging and Health (CERAH) recipients of the Ontario Research Coalition’s (ORC) Early Researcher Award.


Kathy Kortes-Miller is presently in the Joint PhD in Education Program at Lakehead University and is a research affiliate of CERAH. Kathy is also a sessional lecturer for the palliative care certificate program at Lakehead. Kathy’s research titled “High Fidelity Simulation in Interprofessional Palliative Care Education” seeks to explore how the pedagogical uses of simulation technology may enhance and support interdisciplinary palliative care education. She is supervised by Dr. Lisa Korteweg, Faculty of Education, Lakehead University.


Kimberly Ramsbottom is presently a candidate for the Masters of Social Work Program at Lakehead University. Kimberly’s research focuses on understanding the experiences of a “good death” within long-term care homes from the perspectives of the family members and staff using appreciative inquiry methodology. She is supervised by Dr. Mary Lou Kelley, School of Social Work, Lakehead University.


Ashley Hope is presently a candidate for the Kinesiology Master of Science program, with a Specialization in Gerontology at Lakehead University. Ashley’s research titled “Dog Walking as a Form of Physical Activity: A Valuable Source of Physical Activity for the Older Adult Population” focuses on the role of physical activity and its benefit toward health and mobility of the aging population. Ashley is supervised by Dr. Joey Farrell, School of Kinesiology, Lakehead University.


Their proposed research projects tie in very well with the research priorities of the ORC, chronic disease; aging at home; drug usage / patient safety; or mobility and aging. These individuals show a very promising research career in aging and health and CERAH is delighted to be able to provide this research support to these remarkable individuals.