Gala Funding Supports New Investigators

Proceeds from The Foundation’s annual gala help support the New Investigator Fund (NIF). Tara Packham is just one of the investigators whose research is being funded as a result.

Dr. Tara Packham with a patient

Dr. Tara Packham with a patient

Dr. Packham is an Occupational Therapist in the Regional Rehabilitation Centre focused on identifying and understanding a painful condition called complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Patients suffering from CRPS have symptoms that change day-to-day causing frustration, making diagnosis difficult and delaying appropriate treatments and rehabilitation. Using an initial NIF grant, Dr. Packham tested the safety of a diagnostic procedure, which involves a picnic cooler of ice water and an inexpensive digital thermometer. She determined that the ice-water bath was a consistent way of reproducing CRPS symptoms. Her second grant is expected to confirm that temperature differences after this test are unique to patients with CRPS. The goal is to validate these temperature differences, which will enable a faster diagnosis of CRPS for patients. With faster diagnosis, patients can receive medical treatment or specialized rehabilitation in a timelier manner.

Watch a video about this project below: