Support for Researchers

The NB Trauma Program is invested in increasing capacity for Trauma Research in New Brunswick. The NB Trauma Program Research Subcommittee provides strategic oversight for research within the Program, with a particular focus on the descriptive epidemiology of trauma in New Brunswick. However, we welcome inquiries on all trauma-related research.

Several supports exist, both inside and outside of the NB Trauma Program, in order to encourage local researchers to examine all facets of trauma.

Research Subcommittee Support:  

The research subcommittee consists of research experts both within and external to the NB Trauma Program. The role of the subcommittee is to provide strategic guidance for research within the NB Trauma Program. Members of the subcommittee are able to consult with groups or members of the research community regarding trauma research. To request a consultation, please contact

Members of the research subcommittee include:

Dr. Bryn Robinson, BA (Hons), PhD
Chair, Trauma New Brunswick Research Sub-committee

Bryn is the Clinical Research Manager for the Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit (MSSU); a multidisciplinary group dedicated to supporting patient-oriented health services research and decision-making in the Maritime Provinces, and is based out of the Health Research Unit at the Saint John Regional Hospital.  Previously, she worked in strategic planning and policy research with WorkSafeNB, and served as vice-president of the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Saint John branch.  A native of Saint John, Bryn studied experimental and applied psychology at the University of New Brunswick, with a particular focus on emerging adults’ mental health.

Dr. James French, BSc BM Dip IMC RCS ED FCEM
Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine, Dalhousie University

Dr James French graduated from Cardiff University in Wales in Biochemistry and Physiology and then went on to complete a Medical Degree at Southampton University in England. James completed  a residency in Emergency medicine and Prehospital Emergency Medicine in Cambridge, England.  In the UK he worked in EMS and Emergency medicine until 2012.  He received the Queens Diamond Jubilee Award for voluntary service whilst working voluntarily for Helicopter Emergency Medical services in the UK. James has research interests in Simulation Based Medical Education, Ergonomics and Human Factors, and Big Data. James is currently the lead for trauma research and trauma simulation in New Brunswick.

Dr. Brigitte Sonier Ferguson, BSc MSc PhD

Brigitte is Director of the Office of Research Services and Academic Affairs at Vitalité Health Network. A native of Neguac, NB, Brigitte graduated from the Université de Moncton with a BSc Biochemistry (Hon) in 2001 and MSc Biochemistry in 2005.  Her doctoral studies at the University of Ottawa focused on the role of intestinal immune regulation in autoimmunity, particularly Type 1 Diabetes.  In 2010, Brigitte returned to NB and joined Vitalité as a Research Coordinator with the Office of Research Services.  She assumed direction of the service in March of 2015.

Barry Strack, BSc MSc

Barry is the Regional Director of Research Services at Horizon Health Network. In this role he leads a talented team of research and administrative professionals dedicated to supporting Horizon’s research community. Before joining Horizon, Barry lived in Toronto, Ontario, where he held several management positions in the pharmaceutical industry with companies running clinical trials throughout North America, Europe and China. In addition, he’s held the position of Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Quality Assurance Journal, a John Wiley publication dedicated to continuous quality improvement in the pharmaceutical and biosciences industries. Barry was educated at the University of Toronto and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in Forestry Science.

External Research Support:

For research policies we follow those of the Vitalite and Horizon Regional Health Authorities. For more information, click the following links or contact Vitalite Research directly at or Horizon Research directly at

Horizon Research Services

Vitalité Research Services

Research capacity in New Brunswick is growing, and there are a number of groups that promote local research. Below are external groups with a New Brunswick research focus.

Maritime Spor Support Unit

New Brunswick Health Research Foundation





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