Dr. Jane Gillett Award

 

Call for Applicants

Dr. Jane Gillett was a paediatric and adult neurologist who was at the forefront of brain injury treatment. She was the medical director of the Acquired Brain Injury Program at Hamilton Health Sciences in Hamilton (ON, Canada) and an Associate Professor at McMaster University.

Dr. Gillett was known as a caring physician who worked closely together with patients, families, teachers, and other caregivers. She was one of the first to recognize that the impact of an acquired brain injury in youngsters may continue to emerge for many years post injury, often arising or changing with developmental stages. She stressed that long-term rehabilitation and care of the child or youth with a brain injury must occur within his or her own community. She believed that care has to be comprehensive because brain injury affects so many different areas of the brain, and the effects of the injury can vary through one’s life.  Therefore, she developed the Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury Community Outreach Program (PABICOP) in London, Ontario. PABICOP continues today as an international model for serving children and youth with acquired brain injury and their families.

Dr. Gillett was always willing to share her expertise with others, within Canada as well as elsewhere. It was her dream to establish an international consortium of brain injury experts in various disciplines in order to spread awareness and treatment of pediatric brain injury worldwide. She has made that dream come true by founding the International Paediatric Brain Injury Society (IPBIS) in a meeting in Toronto in 2009. Dr. Gillett served as the first President of IPBIS until she died on February 11, 2011 in Brantford, Ontario at the age of 55 from a rare and aggressive form of cancer.

In order to honor and always remember this outstanding woman and to stimulate others to provide services using her philosophies, the Board of Directors of the International Paediatric Brain Injury Society, in cooperation with Gluckstein Personal Injury Lawyers, created the Dr. Jane Gillett Award.

Biennially, the Board of Directors of the International Paediatric Brain Injury Society will choose the recipient of the Award. The award is $1,000.00 USD and an original, framed work of art that was created by Dr. Gillette’s former patient and artist Benjamin Sloetjes.  The artwork is sponsored by Gluckstein Personal Injury Lawyers.

 

Process for the Award

The Dr. Jane Gillett Award will be bestowed on a professional from any discipline that provides diagnosis or treatment to children and young adults with ABI.  This professional will be recognized for his/her outstanding contribution to and his/her continuing work to make improvements to the lives of children and youth living with the effects of brain injury. This individual should document a history of working in the field of paediatric ABI and be able to demonstrate:

  • contributions to long-term, client- and family-centered, community based interventions that make a difference for young people with ABI and their families   
  • participation in team building and interprofessional work in the field of ABI
  • understanding and use of research that provides a basis for treatment representing best practice in the field
  • creative thinking in working with clients and their families
  • recognition within his/her home country  as an individual who has promoted prevention and advocacy for persons with ABI and their families

 

The Dr. Jane Gillett Award will be presented for the first time on the occasion of the First International Conference of Paediatric Brain Injury, to be held on September 16-18, 2015 in Liverpool (UK).

 

Call for Applications

Candidates can apply in person or be recommended by others. Each applicant will provide:

  1. a completed application form.
  2. a summary of accomplishments relevant to the field of ABI and addresses the four components listed above.
  3. letters of recommendation signed by three persons who are familiar with the long term consequences of ABI or representatives of organizations that focus within the field of ABI.

To download an application packet, click here.  Applications need to be submitted by 15 July, 2015 to congress@internationalbrain.org .