Aging, Community and Health Research Group (ACHRU)

McMaster University


ACHRU’s PhD Student Receives Award for Research on Older Adults with Incontinence Due to Diabetes

Congratulations to Melissa Northwood on receiving the 2017 Registered Nurses’ Foundation of Ontario (RNFOO) Mary Ann Murphy Memorial Diabetes Award.

Northwood, who is a part-time PhD Nursing student at McMaster University and a nurse continence advisor with Saint Elizabeth Health Care, was presented with the award last night at the 20th Annual RNFOO Gala in Toronto.

“I feel honoured to have received the award. Being recognized is both gratifying personally and very helpful financially as the award will help me off-set costs that I will incur when I conduct my PhD research project.”

Northwood says she regularly meet clients with incontinence as a complication of their diabetes, yet management of these related conditions is not included in diabetes or continence clinical practice guidelines. “This will be the dilemma I hope to explore in my dissertation research.” She is waiting for feedback from the ethics review board on her study proposal and hopes to start data collection next month.

Northwood says she would not be able to receive these awards without the support of her supervisor, Dr. Jenny Ploeg, and Drs. Maureen Markle-Reid and Diana Sherifali, members of her supervisory committees. “They encourage me to apply for awards, write letters of support and I am very grateful for their support.”

The Mary Ann Murphy Memorial Diabetes Award offers an opportunity to a Registered Nurse or graduating baccalaureate nursing student who wishes to pursue advanced education (certificate or degree) focusing on diabetes education/care for persons with diabetes, and who has demonstrated a significant commitment to the cause of diabetes. 

Published on: May 4, 2017

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