BRIC NS Members encouraged to apply to TUTOR-PHC Program

The call for applications for TUTOR-PHC is open to graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, mid-career clinicians, and decision makers in primary health care.  As a partner organization, BRIC NS members are given preference in the competition.  BRIC NS encourages any interested applicants to contact us for more information.  The deadline to apply is December 3, 2018.

Please see our guideline document to help prepare your application.

What is the program?

TUTOR-PHC or Transdisciplinary Understandings and Training on Research – Primary Health Care, is a one-year, pan-Canadian interdisciplinary research capacity building program that has been training primary and integrated health care researchers and decision-makers from family medicine, nursing, psychology, epidemiology, social work, occupational therapy, education, policy and many other disciplines since 2003.

Why apply?

  • Primary health care research training
  • Earn University credit & CME credits
  • Valuable feedback on your own primary health care research
  • Mentorship from experienced interdisciplinary primary health care researchers and decision-makers
  • Interdisciplinary team experience

Each trainee will be responsible for a $3000 CND program fee – which includes accommodation / travel to the Symposium.

For more information, please go to the website at:

Please contact Project Coordinator, Rob Van Hoorn ( if you are interested in applying.

BRIC NS Student Research Award Winners

Winners of the 2018 BRIC NS Student Research Award. Left to right: Martha Paynter, Duygu Biricik Gulseren, Keisha Jefferies, Brianna Richardson.  Missing from photo: Noelle Ozog.

BRIC NS, in conjunction with the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, held a reception on September 20 to honour the recipients of the 2018 BRIC NS Student Research Award.  The award is given annually to graduate students working in primary and integrated health care research to provide financial support while they complete a thesis-based project.  Winners are chosen by a panel of reviewers based on the quality of the application, strength of the patient engagement and knowledge translation plans, and relevance to BRIC NS priorities.

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.  The Award is supplemental to the NSHRF Scotia Scholars competition and is open to students at any Nova Scotia University.  This year’s winners are students and Dalhousie University and Saint Mary’s University.

The recipients and their projects are:

Duygu Biricik Gulseren (PhD, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Saint Mary’s University): Prevention of physiological stress in the workplace: The RIGHT way

Keisha Jefferies (PhD, Nursing, Dalhousie University): The Health of the Black Community and the Role of African Nova Scotian Nursing Leadership

Noelle Ozog (Master of Nursing, Dalhousie University): Feasibility of an influenza vaccination program during low acuity “wait times” at the QEII emergency department

Martha Paynter (PhD, Nursing, Dalhousie University): Perinatal health outcomes of criminalized and incarcerated women in Canada

Brianna Richardson (PhD, Nursing, Dalhousie University): The effect of an eHealth learning platform on parental confidence and involvement with healthy newborn pain management: A randomized control trial

Congratulations to all of our winners!

BRIC NS Student Poster Award

Congratulations to Brianna Richardson of Dalhousie University’s School of Nursing! Brianna was the winner of the BRIC NS Student Poster Award at Primary Health Care Research Day 2018 for her poster, “Evaluation of eHealth Resources for Parents of Infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: A Systematic Review.”

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CIHR SPOR PIHCI Programmatic Grants Success

We are extremely happy to report that BRIC NS researchers and knowledge users were partnered in three of the four successful applications to the CIHR SPOR PICHI Programmatic Grants competition.

In total, 12 pan-Canadian teams (at least four provinces partnered in each)  submitted final applications for $1 million CIHR funding (plus $1 million matching contributions) over four years. Nova Scotia was the lead for one of these projects and a partner in four. CIHR funded four projects (33.3% success rate).

Nova Scotia’s full partnerships in each of the three listed funded projects is monumental. All three involve working collaboratively with the Nova Scotia Health Authority, patients, clinicians, and community primary healthcare practices to improve care for patients with complex needs.

  1. Case management in primary care for frequent users of healthcare services. Led by QC (C Hudon) with SK, NS & NL. NS investigators include L. Edwards, T. Sampalli, R. Gibson, F Burge.
  2. Screening for Poverty And Related social determinants and intervening to improve Knowledge of and links to resources (SPARK) Study. Led by ON (A Pinto) with SK, MB, NS & NL. NS investigators include L Jackson, F Burge, E. Marshall, R. Gibson, L Edwards, T Sampalli.
  3. SPIDER-NET, A Structured Process Informed by Data, Evidence and Research-Network: An approach to support primary care practices in optimizing the management of patients with complex needs. Led by ON (M Griever) with QC, NS, MB & AB. NS investigators include M Grandy, F. Burge.

Congratulations to all and a huge thank you to those offering matching funds in the form of cash and in-kind contributions. These include:

  • Dalhousie Family Medicine
  • Dalhousie Faculty of Health (Schools of Nursing, and Occupational Therapy)
  • Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation
  • Dalhousie Vice President’s Research Office (VPR)
  • Doctors Nova Scotia
  • NSHA Research, Innovation and Knowledge Translation Office
  • NSHA Primary Health Care, Family Practice and Chronic Disease Management
  • Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME)
  • Maritime SPOR Support Unit (MSSU)