Seminar Series – June 11, 2020

Lisa Knisley

Engaging Metis citizens in Manitoba in the development of child health resources


Lisa is the Executive Director for Translating Emergency Knowledge for Kids (TREKK), a national knowledge mobilization initiative that aims to accelerate the speed at which the latest evidence in pediatric emergency care can be accessed and used by health care providers and parents/families. She is also a PhD student within the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta with a focus on adapting child health resources to meet the information needs and preferences of Metis families in Manitoba. Prior to TREKK, Lisa worked in the UK, including roles as a research nurse, and the manager of an initiative to improve patient information within the National Health Service. She is a recipient of the SPOR Evidence Alliance 2019 Seed Grant: Advancing the Science of Patient Engagement in Research.  


Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about an integrated knowledge translation, community-based participatory approach to developing child health resources with Metis families in Manitoba
  2. Learn about plans to identify inclusive engagement strategies for this research
  3. Explore researchers’ roles in supporting and promoting Indigenous knowledge translation approaches


Dr. Amanda Wurz

Developing in-hospital physical activity opportunities for children and adolescents during treatment for cancer


Amanda’s research is focused on developing and testing physical activity interventions to promote health and quality of life for children, adolescents, and adults diagnosed with cancer. She has experience in a variety of research designs, methods, statistical techniques, and substantive areas relevant to her field. As well, she has experience developing community-based physical activity programs, collaborating on large multi-site trials, and synthesizing evidence. In her research, she balances rigor with pragmatic considerations in an effort to get more individuals diagnosed with cancer active. In her current position as a postdoctoral fellow, she is developing, implementing, and evaluating in-hospital physical activity, for children and adolescents undergoing treatment for cancer.


Learning Objectives:

After the presentation, attendees will leave with an enhanced understanding of:

  1. The benefits of in-hospital physical activity for children and adolescents with cancer
  2. The scope of implementation of in-hospital physical activity nationally and internationally
  3. Local efforts to implement in-hospital physical activity to enhance health