Development of a clinical protocol for the validation of a detection test for ??amyloid aggregates in retinal scan images.

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disorder that is difficult to detect early before apparent manifestations of cognitive decline. Current detection methods rely on expensive and hardly accessible imaging techniques (PET scans). Optina Diagnostics developed a new camera as well as innovative image processing methods to propose a non-invasive test to identify the presence of AD biomarkers in evaluated individuals. The objective of this collaborative effort is to develop a clinical protocol to test this new technology.

Preference analyses and development of an e-health app facilitating communication of test results for hereditary cancer syndromes

An estimated 5-10% of cancers are inherited through family members. To identify patients’ risk for developing hereditary cancers, genetic testing can be used. Communicating hereditary cancer genetic results to patients is challenging for health care practitioners. Practitioners want to ensure that patients understand and communicate their preferences for receiving information. Tools to aid patients in communicating their preferences need to be developed.

Tracing the Historical Plays of Power in Alberta’s Recreation System

When we research the knowledge of the past, we also research the conditions of possibility for different futures (Foucault, 2003; Peers, 2015). Therefore, the purpose of this research project is to use the traces of the past to question the practices that have come to be naturalized within Alberta’s recreation system (e.g., providing pay-per-use recreation opportunities in big box facilities). Using an intensive archival research process, as well as a series of ongoing community conversations, we hope to uncover what is problematic and dangerous in recreation’s practices and discourses.

The Voices of Children and Youth: Community Injury Prevention through Visual Storytelling and Intervention (VOICES) in First Nations communities

The Voices research project aims to build injury prevention capacity within the First Nation community of Akwesasne (near Cornwall, ON) and among researchers.

Canadian Communities of Practice in Global Health: meeting the SDG challenge - Year two

Canada’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has implications for both domestic and foreign policy in a complex, shifting, and interdependent global health system crowded with multiple actors and stakeholders. The array of activities involved with global public health practice necessitates engagement with health policy and systems research (HPSR), and Knowledge Translation (KT) is critical to bridging the gap between knowledge generated through research and the knowledge that is used to inform policy, practice, and programs.

Tobacco-Concurrent Addictions and At-risk Youth in Ottawa: A Mixed Methods Community-Based Participatory Action Research Project (TCAY-Ottawa)

This proposed research project will aim to understand current attitudes, beliefs, and behaviours related to tobacco smoking and drug use. Based on these findings, an existing intervention for tobacco dependence management and point of care, known as PROMPT will be modified for a non-mainstream youth population. The youth sample undergoing the intervention will be followed for 6 months, and these results will be assessed for reduction and/or quitting of tobacco smoking and drug use behaviours.

Use of Guide and Outfitter Knowledge and Sampling to Advance Wildlife Health Surveillance Systems

This research intends to work towards establishing essential baselines of health status and trends in the Northern Mountain Population (NMP) of woodland caribou in the Skeena region of northwestern British Columbia. We will use scientific data from a guide and outfitter-led sampling program in combination with local ecological knowledge from practicing guides and outfitters in these regions towards a comprehensive understanding of the health and status of these culturally, ecologically, and economically valuable animals.

Expanding the Circle of Courage: Understanding the Implementation of the Aboriginal Youth Mentorship Program

In line with Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the intergenerational impacts of colonialism influence the health and well-being of Indigenous peoples. In response, culturally relevant programs, which focus on building the strengths of a community have been shown to be effective and sustainable. Indeed, a peer-led, resilience-based afterschool program, the Aboriginal Youth Mentorship Program (AYMP), is effective for preventing obesity and type 2 diabetes in Indigenous children. Based on AYMPs early success, the project has been expanded across Canada.

ParticipACTION Physical Activity Report Card for Children and Youth and the Global Matrix 3.0: Evaluation and Strategic Harmonization

Global levels of childhood physical activity are declining while sedentary behaviours are rising, leading to the global increase in non-communicable disease. The aim of this project is two-fold: 1. to contribute to childhood physical activity promotion in Canada and worldwide, and 2. to contribute to the international diffusion of the scientific knowledge concerning childhood physical activity.

My Wellness Journey: A Health Promotion Study for Children and Youth with Disabilities - Year two

Children and youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are more likely to experience diminished wellness across multiple aspects of their lives and decreased quality of health compared to their peers without disabilities. Yet, little is known about how wellness is promoted or addressed for this group. Most research to date has focused exclusively on one aspect of wellness dimension (e.g. physical activity), with limited success in promoting overall wellness.

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