Support for Researchers

The NB Trauma Program is invested in increasing capacity for Trauma Research in New Brunswick. 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 subcomitte 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. James French, BSc BM Dip IMC RCS ED FCEM
Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine, Dalhousie University
Community Emergency Simulation Lead
Chair, Trauma New Brunswick Research Sub-committee

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. Michelle Patterson, PhD – Ex-officio member

Dr. Michelle Patterson has been the Centre for Health and Community Research’s (CHCR’s) Research Project Manager since 2014. She received her PhD in Medical Physics from UPEI and also serves as Adjunct and Graduate Faculty in the UPEI Department of Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Patterson is responsible for facilitating the formation of new national and international collaborations, developing multiple research projects, and applying for funding grants. She oversees and manages all research projects conducted by the CHCR and is responsible for the development and enhancement of all new and current projects.

Dr. Bryn Robinson, BA (Hons), PhD

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. 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.

Dr. John Steeves, MD FRCSC MEd

Dr. Steeves completed his MD at Dalhousie University. He practiced Family Medicine in New Glasgow NS for several years before returning to Halifax for Residency training in Orthopedic Surgery.  He went on to University of Toronto for Orthopedic Fellowship training at St Michaels Hospital. He practiced Orthopedics in Moncton for 20 years before completing a Masters in Adult Education at Saint Mary’s University in 2005. That same year he was hired as Director of Medical Education for Atlantic Health Sciences Corp and joined the Orthopedic Department of the Saint John Regional Hospital. In 2009 he became the founding regional campus Dean of Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick with academic positions of Associate Professor Dalhousie Dept Surgery,                                                       Division Orthopedics with cross appointment as Associate Professor Dalhousie Division of Medical  Education. Shortly after retiring from that administrative role, he assumed the position of interim Associate Dean Undergraduate Medical Education Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine in 2015.  That same year he became Board chair and CEO External for RECAP Inc., a not for profit corporation that works with individuals or groups in enhancing the health and well-being of an at risk population in Saint John with Hepatitis C by using education, research and interprofessional collaborative care. He became a member of the trauma research committee in 2015. He lives in Rothesay NB.

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:

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

Horizon Research Services

Vitalité Research Services




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