SRS Spotlight: Adalberto (Beto) Loyola-Sánchez, RS PhD Class of 2015

Beto Loyola-Sancehz PhotoAs a Physiatrist, Adalberto (Beto) Loyola-Sanchez felt that more research was necessary on the forefront of rehabilitation and the functioning of people to ensure a good quality of life. Beto received his MSc in Rehabilitation Science from the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University, which he calls “one of the most prestigious places to learn about health research on the planet.” Feeling that he had more to do in his research, he decided to continue on with his studies to complete his PhD. “The faculty at SRS is so diverse that it allowed me to interact and obtain different perspectives on the approach to the topic of disability and rehabilitation,” said Beto. “SRS fosters a collegiate environment in which we students can get to know each other and most importantly, exchange ideas.” During his PhD training, Beto designed a program of research targeted to develop, implement and evaluate culturally-sensitive, community-based rehabilitation programs for people living with disabling musculoskeletal diseases in underserved areas of Mexico. Now that he has finished up his PhD, he hopes to continue working in the program of research that he designed and expand it to other locations in Mexico and Latin America. He also hopes to expand his program of research to Canada, in order to contribute to diminishing health access inequities present in many Canadian communities, such as the indigenous communities.

Written by: Taylor Boer | Hamilton, ON | July 2015

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