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Lakehead researcher to study medical assistance in dying

The study will be done by the Palliative Care Lead at the Centre for Research on Aging and Health.
Lakehead University faculty and students will share $757,000 in research funding

THUNDER BAY — A Lakehead University faculty member has received a federal grant to examine medical assistance in dying in Ontario.

Katherine Kortes-Miller, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, is getting about $66,000 to support two years of research.

The funding comes from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Kortes-Miller is the palliative care lead at Lakehead's Centre for Education and Research on Aging and Health.

"The purpose of this project is to contribute to our understanding of the experience of family and friends who accompany a loved one throughout their dying process involving medical assistance," she wrote in her research proposal.

The grant she received is part of nearly $760,000 in funding for 16 different research projects involving Lakehead faculty and students.

Dr. Alana Saulnier, assistant professor in Interdisciplinary Studies at the Orillia campus, is getting $63,000 to study the use of body-worn cameras in policing. 

Saulnier will interview police officers and analyse Canadian police body-worn camera policies in comparison with international practices.

Thunder Bay Police recently completed a pilot project on body-worn cameras, and are now looking to expand their use.