Following the end of a successful inaugural year, Fulbright Canada, the Palix Foundation, Alberta Family Wellness Initiative is proud to announce the 2016-2017 Fulbright Canada-Palix Foundation Distinguished Visiting Research Chairs in Brain Science, and Child and Family Health and Wellness. To mark the start of the second year for the program, the University of Calgary will host a panel discussion and networking reception on September 28, 2016. The event will provide an opportunity for the three Chairs to present their research and discuss how their time in Alberta will allow them to build partnership and explore new directions in their work.
Fulbright Canada and the Palix Foundation’s Alberta Family Wellness Initiative work closely with Alberta’s three world-class research-intensive universities - the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary, and the University of Lethbridge – to allow extraordinary American scholars and top-tier applied researchers to engage in a residential exchange and conduct collaborative research in Alberta. With a focus on supporting research and building relationships that can have a direct impact on health and wellness outcomes in Alberta and beyond, their research is based on current brain science about the effects of toxic stress on children, families, and lifelong health and wellness outcomes, in particular those related to mental health and addiction.
According to Dr. Michael Hawes, CEO at Fulbright Canada: “As we head into the second year of this innovative and important program, we are confident that these visiting scholars will be as impressive and impactful as their predecessors, who managed to collaborate on leading edge research while, at the same time, engaging and supporting a variety of communities in Alberta. This initiative is such a positive example of how partnerships – in this case between the Palix Foundation, Alberta’s three leading research universities, and Fulbright Canada – can lead to measurable positive outcomes.”
Fulbright Canada and the Palix Foundation’s Alberta Family Wellness Initiative are proud to welcome the recipients of the Fulbright Canada-Palix Foundation Distinguished Research Chairs for 2016-2017:
Fulbright Canada is a binational, treaty-based, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization with a mandate to identify the best and brightest minds in both countries and engage them in residential academic exchange. Fulbright Canada’s mission is to enhance mutual understanding by providing research support to outstanding individuals. In doing so, Fulbright Canada aims to grow intellectual capacity, increase productivity, and assist in the shaping of future leaders. Since 1990, over 1500 students and scholars have participated in Fulbright Canada’s prestigious residential, academic and cultural exchange program. Fulbright.ca
For more information, please contact:
Rebecca Dixon, Executive Assistant to the CEO
[email protected] / (613) 688-5521
Palix Foundation, Alberta Family Wellness Initiative
The Palix Foundation is a proactive private foundation that established the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative (AFWI) in 2007. AFWI aims to mobilize and connect synthesized scientific research about early brain and biological development (i.e. brain science) to better understand and address how intergenerational factors as well as experiences in children’s lives as they grow and develop impact on their health and well-being throughout life, in particular on mental health and addiction. Since its inception, AFWI has engaged with change agents and leaders in health, human services, justice, education, academia and community sectors to develop and support a multitude of activities in early childhood development, mental health and addiction meant to ultimately bring about positive, evidence informed change in policy and practice for the benefit of children and families. Albertafamilywellness.org