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Date: March 19, 2008

UVic Seniors' Advocate Wins Provincial Award

University of Victoria professor Dr. Elaine Gallagher, whose research helps prevent injuries amongst senior citizens, will receive the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of BC’s (CUFA BC) 2008 Career Achievement Award. CUFA BC represents approximately 4,300 university professors, instructors, academic librarians and other academic staff at five BC universities.

Gallagher, the director of UVic’s Centre on Aging, will be honored March 26 for using her research about fall prevention to train health professionals and prompt seniors to adapt their living environments. The CUFA BC awards are presented annually to recognize faculty members at BC public universities who use their research and scholarly work to make contributions to the wider community.

“Professor Gallagher is an outstanding example of a public university faculty member who uses her considerable research talents to improve our communities,” says CUFA BC President Chris Petter. “Professor Gallagher has spent almost two decades studying falling injuries sustained by seniors and devising methods of preventing them. Her accomplishments are proof of the high-quality and community-relevant research taking place at our public universities.”

The CUFA BC honour is just one of many awards Gallagher has received in the past few months including Simon Fraser University's Outstanding Alumni Award (2007) and an honorary mention in for the BC Premier’s Awards (2007). She is also the recipient of the Canadian Association of Nurse Researchers’ Researcher Award of Excellence, the RNABC Award of Excellence in Nursing Research, and the Victoria YWCA Woman of Distinction Award. For more information about Gallagher’s research visit http://web.uvic.ca/~egallagh/ .


Media contacts:
Elaine Gallagher (Centre on Aging) at 250-721-6350 or egallagh@uvic.ca
Maria Lironi (UVic Communications) at 250-721-6139, cell 250-213-1705 or lironim@uvic.ca
Robert Clift (CUFA BC) at 604-817-1649 or cufabc@sfu.ca

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