Intern from Brazil is helping improve outcomes for children with hearing loss

Globalink Research Intern Johnny dos Santos is working with top research leader from the University of Ottawa

After hearing about the Globalink Research Internship, he jumped at the chance to work with Dr. Elizabeth Fitzpatrick at the University of Ottawa’s School of Rehabilitation Sciences.

I learned about Globalink and saw that one project was supervised by Dr. Fitzpatrick. I was already familiar with her research and wanted the chance to work with her. She’s a leader in the area of early diagnosis of children with hearing loss, and it’s amazing to work with one of the top people in my field.”

Johnny’s project explores why some children with hearing loss continue to receive late diagnoses after the implementation of newborn hearing screening.  By examining the possible reasons for late diagnosis, he and his research team hope to provide useful information about screening and evaluation of these children.

In addition to researching at the university, he’s getting valuable clinical experience in the audiology department at Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. He says “I don’t have words to describe the great work they do. The experience has been really awesome.”

Since he arrived in Ottawa, Johnny has enjoyed the diversity that the city offers. His project team members and his fellow Globalink Research Interns are from all over the world, so he’s learning about many different cultures. He’s also learning about the unpredictability of Ottawa’s climate. “The weather is always changing here,” Johnny explains, “And this place is amazing because I’m improving my English while I’m surrounded by kind and helpful people.”

Johnny is particularly grateful for the Globalink experience: “I want to thank Mitacs, CAPES, my professors in Brazil, and especially Dr. Fitzpatrick, my host professor, for helping me have this important experience.”


Mitacs thanks the Government of Canada and the Government of Onatrio for their support of the Accelerate research internship in this story. Across Canada, the Accelerate program also receives support from Alberta Innovates, the Government of British Columbia, the Government of New Brunswick, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Government of Nova Scotia, the Government of Prince Edward Island, the Government of Quebec, the Government of Saskatchewan and Research Manitoba.

Mitacs is pleased to work with international partners to support Globalink, including Brazil’s le Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior, the China Scholarship Council, Campus France, India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development, and Mexico’s Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education and the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

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