Thursday, May 26th, 2022

12:00 - 1:00 pm, Atlantic time





Scott Anderson
Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit


Keeping up with Knowledge Translation

The Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit (MSSU) presents Keeping up with Knowledge Translation, a capacity development series. Each session will touch on both the practice and science of KT and will highlight researchers and organizations in the Maritimes. 

The webinar series will be of interest to key stakeholders across the health care community including health care professionals, Patient Partners, trainees, policy-makers, and researchers.

This series takes place every second month.

Session 7: The Science and Practice of Learning Health Systems 

What is a Learning Health System (LHS)? How can Learning Health Systems be used to improve the health system, health care and the experiences of patients? In this session, our speakers will discuss the components of an LHS and describe an example of an LHS approach in practice.


Dr. Mari Somerville, Health System Impact Fellow, IWK Health and Dalhousie University

Mari Somerville is a postdoctoral researcher and health system impact fellow at IWK Health and Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. Her current research uses a learning health system framework to evaluate and improve patient safety for women and children at IWK Health. Mari received her PhD from Griffith University and previously graduated from the University of Toronto with a Master of Public Health. Her other areas of research include health service delivery for patients who access pediatric emergency departments and for children with medical complexity, nutrition care delivery in the primary care setting, and chronic disease prevention.

Brigette Sonier-Ferguson, Vice-President of University Mission, Vitalité Health Network

Originally from Neguac, Brigitte Sonier-Ferguson earned a bachelor’s and a master’s in biochemistry from the Université de Moncton in 2001 and 2005, respectively. She also undertook doctoral studies in biochemistry/immunology at the University of Ottawa from 2005 to 2010.

Ms. Sonier-Ferguson joined Vitalité Health Network in 2010, more specifically, the Training and Research Sector, of which she has been the director since 2015. During this period, she was responsible for the development and review of the strategic plan for the Network’s university mission, which is one of the cornerstones of the Network’s new 2020–2023 Strategic Plan.

In addition to her duties within New Brunswick’s Francophone health authority, Ms. Sonier-Ferguson also sits on several boards of directors and national committees related to health research and various university partners.

She has received a number of awards in the course of her career, including “Le Prisme” as graduate of the year of the Faculty of Science of the Université de Moncton in 2018 and the Excellence in Management and Leadership Award of Vitalité Health Network in 2018.

Ms. Sonier-Ferguson is currently a doctoral candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of New Brunswick.