Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 BRIC NS Student Research Award!

BRIC NS is pleased to announce the winners of its annual Student Research Award. The award provides financial support to graduate students undertaking a health-related research project related to BRIC NS priorities. Winning applications demonstrate their relevance to, and potential impact on, primary and integrated health care. Applications are also assessed on patient engagement and knowledge translation plans, feasibility and overall quality. Thank you to all of our applicants and reviewers.

This year’s recipients will be recognized at a virtual reception. Winners will present during the 2021-22 Student Seminar Series. Read on to learn more about this year’s recipients.

Rosanne Burke

Master of Arts in Family Studies and Gerontology, Mount Saint Vincent University

Project: How Do Interrelationships Impact Home Care Service Delivery and Client Satisfaction?

What is one thing you would like people to know about your research?

Caring for aging adults who often live with multiple health conditions requires a comprehensive team of individuals from both the formal sector of home care services and family (Goodwin et al., 2014). With this in mind, my research will examine how home care services are affected by interrelationships of people coming together to care for the older adult and will include how these relationships may have been impacted in the context of the pandemic.


Hailey Burns

Master’s of Science, Psychiatry (Research), Dalhousie University

Project: Attention bias and social skills in youth with anxiety disorders

What is one thing you would like people to know about your research?

My research focuses on the relationship between negative attention bias in anxious and healthy youth in various social situations, including photos, videos, and social media. This innovative project blends the study of cognitive behaviour and emotional well-being with modern eye-tracking software to potentially identify new targets, such as altering a negative attention bias, to help guide the development of therapeutic techniques for those living with anxiety. Nova Scotia has previously reported having one of the highest rates of using healthcare services for anxiety in Canada, thus it is essential to advance treatment options to help individuals conquer their anxiety. As we are currently practicing social distancing due to COVID-19, it is imperative to see the impact of social media on mental wellbeing as the prevalence of online methods of communication are increasing. 


Chiara Gottheil

Master’s of Science, Community Health and Epidemiology, Dalhousie Unversity

Project: Understanding diagnostic pathways for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer: a mixed methods study

What is one thing you would like people to know about your research?

Ovarian cancer is notoriously difficult to diagnose.  Many cases are diagnosed at a late stage, resulting in a high mortality rate.  This demonstrates the importance of an efficient system for identifying ovarian cancer.  Factors such as long wait times and difficulty accessing healthcare can contribute to the delay in diagnosis.  I am hoping that my research will lead to the development of new tools for primary care providers so that ovarian cancer can be diagnosed at an earlier stage.  

Additionally, I believe that patient-oriented research should include the patient perspective.  Therefore, my project includes interviews with ovarian cancer patients and their healthcare providers so that we can learn about the barriers to diagnosis they have experienced, with the goal of learning how patients can be better supported during the process. 

It is my hope that this research helps contribute to a system where no one goes undiagnosed due to issues of access and quality of care. 


Brannon Senger

Master’s of Science, Psychology (Clinical), Dalhousie University

Project: Evaluating a peer support intervention for youth transitioning from early psychosis services to primary care

What is one thing you would like people to know about your research?

Mental illnesses are no different from physical illnesses, like cancer, in that earlier intervention often results in better outcomes. This is especially true in areas of severe mental illness like psychotic disorders which historically have been associated with a great deal of stigma and “therapeutic nihilism”.  Those experiencing psychosis, who receive early intervention services, tend to have better outcomes than those who don’t.  Nonetheless, those transitioning out of specialized psychiatric services, and into primary care, are at risk for relapse.  For this reason, better collaboration between these two systems can help to transition youth and provide primary care physicians with the appropriate context to best support their patients.


Emily Wildeboer

PhD, Clinical Psychology, Dalhousie University

Project: The Relationship Between Chronic Pain, Depression and Suicidality in Adolescents

What is one thing you would like people to know about your research?

My research focuses on the complex relationship between mental health and suicide in adolescents with chronic pain. Chronic pain and suicide in adolescents are important topics in the area of health research, and both are significantly impacted by psychosocial concerns, such as social isolation, and poor mental health, such as depression. We know a lot about how these concerns interact with chronic pain on its own, and how they contribute to suicidality on its own, but we don’t know a lot about suicidality within the adolescent chronic pain population, and that’s what my research aims to explore. My research is important because understanding more about factors that influence suicidality in these adolescents can allow health researchers to implement early intervention strategies that are targeted at not only managing pain, but also at managing the associated psychosocial concerns that could contribute to suicidality.

BRIC NS Student Seminar Series

The BRIC NS Student Seminar Series is an opportunity for students across Nova Scotia to share their completed or in-progress research. Presentations cover a wide variety of disciplines, but all address the common thread of primary and integrated healthcare. Everyone is welcome!

Details:
Date: July 21, 2021
Time: 12:30 – 1:45 pm ADT
To Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vJoVa2-pSm2ukq_Dqc4Qrg
After registering you will receive an email with details about joining the Zoom session.

This seminar will cover two topics:

  • Anders Lenskjold will present: Overtesting Behaviour in Primary Care in Nova Scotia Based on Data Mining
  • Jake Domm will present: Application of a community-based intervention to reduce impairment-related motor vehicle collisions: strategy and ethical considerations

About the Speakers:

Anders Lenskjold is a Danish trained physician with clinical experience in primary care, orthopedic surgery, trauma, and rural medicine in Denmark and Norway. Master of Science in Medicine from the University of Copenhagen and Master in Health Informatics (in progress) from Dalhousie University. Research associate at the Department of Family Medicine at Dalhousie University. Ph.D. student in Radiology and AI bridging the workflow between primary care and radiology with planned official enrolment at the University of Copenhagen later this summer.

Jake Domm is a Dalhousie medical student, born and raised in Cow Bay, Nova Scotia. He completed his MSc. at University of Guelph in gene therapy and is an avid podcast host for CanadiEM. His research interests have morphed over time, from gene-editing solutions for rare diseases, to community-based interventions for preventative medicine. Otherwise, Jake enjoys crossfitting with his wife and hiking with their dog.

BRIC NS Student Seminar Series

The BRIC NS Student Seminar Series is an opportunity for students across Nova Scotia to share their completed or in-progress research. Presentations cover a wide variety of disciplines, but all address the common thread of primary and integrated healthcare. Everyone is welcome!

Details:
Date: March 17, 2021
Time: 12:30 – 1:45 pm ADT
To Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1ha_v8CdToKr17ris0iLJQ
After registering you will receive an email with details about joining the Zoom session.

This seminar will cover two topics:

  • Shauna Hachey will present: Integrating Oral Health and Primary Healthcare: Exploring Knowledge and Practice
  • Emma Cameron will present: Access to postnatal health services and supports: The experiences of resettled Syrian refugee women in Nova Scotia

About the Speakers:

Shauna Hachey, Assistant Professor, School of Dental Hygiene, is a co-lead of the Dalhousie Healthy Populations Institute’s Putting “Oral Health is Health” into action Flagship Project, which is committed to improving the oral and overall health status of Nova Scotians by enhancing oral health care strategies and accessibility through interdisciplinary research. She is also currently a trainee in the TUTOR-PHC (Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research in Primary Health Care) program at Western University. With the aim of improving the oral health of priority populations, her research interests surround interdisciplinary approaches to oral health, and oral health policy and programming. Her current work focuses on 1) oral health curriculum in nursing, physician and SLP educational programs across Canada and 2) oral health care within Nova Scotia’s primary healthcare system.  

Emma Cameron is a second-year Master of Arts student in Health Promotion at Dalhousie University. She completed her BSc (honours) at Dalhousie University in Psychology. Her master’s thesis focuses on access to postnatal care for resettled Syrian refugee women in Nova Scotia. Emma has additional research interests in sexual and reproductive healthcare for refugee, asylum-seeking, and migrant women, and the experiences of discrimination among refugee youth in Canada. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Rainbow Refugee Association of Nova Scotia and is the co-founder of the Women’s Health Interest Group at Dalhousie.

BRIC NS Student Seminar Series

The BRIC NS Student Seminar Series is an opportunity for students across Nova Scotia to share their completed or in-progress research. Presentations cover a wide variety of disciplines, but all address the common thread of primary and integrated healthcare. Everyone is welcome!

Details:
Date: February 10, 2021
Time: 12:30 – 1:45 pm AST
To register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Iedab7Z3TDqqil0rzWtnFw
After registering, you will receive an email with details about joining the Zoom session.

This seminar will cover two topics:

  • Justine Dol will present Essential Coaching for Every Mother during COVID-19: Findings from a feasibility, pre-post intervention study of a remote, text message based postnatal educational program for first time mothers
  • Melanie Santhikumar will present Pilot Study: Computer Based Auditory Training for Auditory Processing Disorders from mild Traumatic Brain Injury 

About the speakers:

Justine Dol is a fourth year PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Health at Dalhousie University under the supervision of Dr. Marsha Campbell-Yeo. She is a recipient of the 2017 CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship Doctoral Award to Honor Nelson Mandela; the 2018 Izaak Walton Killam Predoctoral Scholarship; and one of five 2019 Dalhousie University Board of Governors awardees. Her research focuses on the postpartum transition for mothers and using mHealth technology to improve maternal and newborn outcomes, both in Canada and internationally. She developed a text message program for first time mothers in Nova Scotia called Essential Coaching for Every Mother which has the goal of improving mothers’ confidence and social support and reducing postpartum anxiety and depression. She recently completed a pre-post intervention study to evaluate the program during COVID-19 on the feasibility of remote recruitment and to explore preliminary effectiveness (funded by BRIC NS award). A randomized controlled trial launched January 2021.

Melanie Santhikumar is completing her final year in the Masters of Audiology program at Dalhousie University.Prior to this degree, Melanie completed her Bachelors of Science at the University of Toronto in 2015, double majoring in Human Biology and Psychology with a minor in French.  After living abroad and then returning to work as a play-based therapist, Melanie discovered her passion for the field of audiology and the importance of the auditory system in quality of life. Upon completion of this degree, Melanie hopes to integrate clinical research practices into her role as an audiologist.

BRIC NS Student Seminar Series – November 2020

The BRIC NS Student Seminar Series is an opportunity for students to present their completed or in-progress research. Presenters cover a wide range of topics and disciplines, with the common thread of primary and integrated health care research running throughout. Everyone is welcome! For more information, contact: bricns@dal.ca

This month’s seminar is Why Family Medicine? , investigating the reasons why medical students pursue a career in Family Medicine. Second-year Dalhousie University medical student Bright Huo will present this research on behalf of the research team.

When: Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 12:30-1:45pm AST
Where: N/A – This session will take place remotely only
Register in advance: https://bit.ly/3eTCtwH

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

About the researchers:

Bright Huo is a second-year medical student at Dalhousie University and acts as the Vice-President of Medical Education for the Dalhousie Medical Student Society. As such, he is involved in various local and national meetings and working groups surrounding medical education. He is also a student representative on the Board of Directors of Doctors Nova Scotia and on Council for the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Nova Scotia. His research interests include the intersection between primary care and surgery as well as medical education.

Wyatt MacNevin is currently a 3rd year medical student at Dalhousie Medical School. Prior to medical school, Wyatt received his BScE in Design Engineering at the University of Prince Edward Island where he had research interests in biomedical engineering and process improvement. His current research interests include medical student career planning and medical education.

BRIC NS Student Seminar Series – September 2020

The recorded session is available here: https://bricns.com/resources/.

The BRIC NS Student Seminar Series is an opportunity for students to present their completed or in-progress research. Presenters cover a wide range of topics and disciplines, with the common thread of primary and integrated health care research running throughout. Everyone is welcome! For more information, contact: bricns@dal.ca

This month’s seminar features speakers from the Grant Lab at Mount Saint Vincent University and is a special presentation on Chronic Disease Prevention and Treatment in Pregnant Women: Examples of Dietetic Research at the IWK.

When: Wednesday, September 16th, 2020 12:30-1:45pm ADT
Where: N/A – This session will take place remotely only
Register in advance: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HCW-FIW-QUacKvpLRNSpNg

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


The seminar will cover two topics:

Julianne Leblanc will present “The Effect of a Home-Based Glycaemic Index Education intervention on Dietary Glycaemic Index and Glycaemic Control in Nova Scotian Women living with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus: Intervention Evaluation from the Patients’ Perspective”


Amy Mireault 
will present “Examining the Implementation of the Institute of Medicine Weight Gain Guidelines in Women Living with Obesity”

About the Speakers:

Julianne Leblanc is a second year MSc candidate at Mount Saint Vincent University in the Applied Human Nutrition department. She is a French Canadian with a background working on the floor as a dietetic technician and administrative work in Health Records. She developed a keen interest in the area of perinatal care and diabetes from her work in the Grant lab with her supervisor, Dr. Shannan Grant. Her thesis research is with the Maternal Newborn Program at the IWK Health Centre. She is using integrative knowledge translation in home-based education to evaluate Glycaemic Index utility in Gestational Diabetes. This work is part of a continuum to larger initiative integrated knowledge translation strategy aimed at improving and increasing Glycaemic Index utility in Medical Nutrition Therapy among clinicians across Canada. Julianne will begin her dietetic internship when this project nears completion and she aspires to become a dietitian and work with the dynamic clinical dietetic research in healthcare.

Amy Mireault received her BAS in Psychology and Nutrition from the University of Guelph in Ontario and her BScAHN in Dietetics from Mount Saint Vincent University, completing the IEP program. She is a current second year MSc Student at MSVU, Dietetic Candidate and research assistant through MSVU and Dalhousie University. She is also a trainee member of Translating evidence to enhance maternal newborn outcomes – obesity; a CIHR funded community of practice based at IWK. Her general research interests include health psychology, chronic disease care including obesity, women health and knowledge synthesis. Amy’s future aspirations include continuing in research and contributing to the improvement of current care practices and advocating for more person-centered care.

Meet the winners of the 2020 BRIC NS Student Research Award

BRIC NS is pleased to announce the winners of its annual Student Research Award.  The award provides financial support to graduate students undertaking a health-related research project that addresses BRIC NS priorities.  Winning applications demonstrate their relevance to, and potential impact on, primary health care.  Reviewers also assess patient engagement and knowledge translation plans, feasibility, and overall quality.

This year’s recipients will be recognized at a virtual awards ceremony. Winners will present during the 2020-21 Student Seminar Series.

Student Research Award winners for 2020 are:

 

Cassidy Bradley (Master of Science, Epidemiology and Applied Health Research)

Evaluation of the Association Between Social Well Being and Physical Function in a Population Based Sample of Prostate Cancer Survivors

Emma Stirling Cameron (Master of Arts, Health Promotion)

Understanding Access to Postnatal Healthcare for Syrian Refugee Women in Nova Scotia: Barriers, Facilitators, and a Need for Services

Justine Dol (PhD, Health)

Essential Coaching for Every Mother during COVID-19: A remote text message based postnatal education program for first time mothers

Julia Kontak (PhD, Health)

Opportunities with a capital ‘O’: Understanding the impact of the school environment on children’s health behaviours

Note: Funding deferred until September 2021

Anders Lenskjold (Master of Health Informatics)

Tracing the Patterns of Potentially Inappropriate Clinical Actions in Primary Care

The BRIC NS Student Research Award is just one of the ways that BRIC NS is working to build capacity in primary and integrated health care research.  Other capacity building activities include:

  • Yearly financial support for one graduate student to participate in TUTOR-PHC, a one-year certificate program in primary health care research skills and interdisciplinary theory and processes.
  • The BRIC NS Student Seminar Series, an opportunity for students to present their completed or in-progress research. These popular seminars are attended by researchers, members of the public, decision-makers and others.  Presenters cover a wide range of topics and disciplines, with the common thread of primary and integrated health care research running throughout.
  • Encouraging learners to attend our Project Incubators, an opportunity to create new, collaborative research teams with the goal of creating a research question related to BRIC NS priorities and applying for research funding. 
  • Connecting learners with other BRIC NS members working in their area of interest.

Thank you to all who applied and congratulations to our winners!