Poultry health surveillance in Alberta for prevention of emerging infectious disease.

The broad objectives of this project are:


I. To reduce the risk of emerging infectious diseases related to poultry; and

II. To improve Alberta poultry industry productivity and profitability


To reach these broad objectives we will address 3 specific objectives:

Determine what the knowledge needs of the poultry industry are and how knowledge is best disseminated to improve disease prevention in poultry flocks and preparedness and response to disease outbreaks. 

Predicting recovery in patients receiving disability benefits: A validated instrument

A significant number of long-term disability (LYD) claims accepted by insurers remain active for substantial time periods and are associated with considerable socioeconomic costs. There is inconsistency in the literature as to what factors predict recovery in these patients. Using the adminisatrative database of SSQ Financial, I will identify all factors that are predictive of claim resolution for all disability conditions.

Outcome and Resource Use of Patients with Primary Liver Cancer

Primary liver cancer (PLC) is one of the fastest growing cancer in Canada and is a heavy global burden. To efficiently allocate the health care resource to the patients with PLC, outcome and cost analysis of the patients with PLC may be a right direction. In order to obtain enough information to accurately assess the status of patients with PLC, this proposed study will take advantages of Electronic Health Record (EHR) data.

Economic Assessment Of A Predictive Technology For The Early Detection Of Oral Cancer

Health economic evaluation provides information about the value for money of new healthcare technologies, and is increasingly used to guide the allocation of scarce resources based on maximizing health gain. The molecular diagnostics company, PDI, has developed a technology to improve the identification of patients at high risk for oral cancers for early intervention, and distinguish abnormal cell growth that will not become malignant, compared to the current gold standard alone.

Design and Analysis of a Platform to Connect Patients, Providers, and their Social Networks

The healthcare system in Canada and world-wide is suffering increased pressure due to an aging population and increased rates of chronic disease. Research shows that self-management and social networks are key indicators for reducing utilization and cost and improving outcomes of healthcare systems. Lifeguard Health Solutions Inc. has developed a mobile health application that uses technology to connect patients with their providers, their trusted support network, and their peers to improve self-management and social network strength.

Expressing Vibrancy Using Video-Based Systematic Social Observation Methods

Expressing Vibrancy is a yearlong project outlining an approach for measuring the cultural vibrancy of neighbourhoods. The proposed research seeks to develop methods for understanding and measuring the cultural vibrancy of neighbourhoods, using Hamilton, Ontario as a case study. Using innovative technologies (geo-referenced video), this project will analyze the relationship between measures of cultural vibrancy and human capital outcomes (education, health, etc) –key indicators of economic growth and prosperity.

Development of Herd Navigator as a health management tool for dairy farms

Herd Navigator (HN) is a “precision technology” for dairy cow management based on in-inline milk sampling and advanced data analysis. This system has recently come to market in Canada. The proposed project will combine analysis of data from the HN system and controlled field trials to develop and validate best management practices for health, production and reproduction.

Fitness Coach Connects Program Evaluation

Shepell·fgi, a leader in Employee and Family Assistance Programs (EFAPs) in Canada, launched its Fitness Coach Connects program in June 2013. This program engages users through the use of a wireless activity tracker, personalized interactions and coaching sessions with a dedicated Fitness Coach, as well as access to an online program. This internship will support Shepell·fgi’s Clinical Services and Research department in their evaluation of the Fitness Coach Connects program’s user data and feedback.

Exploring Solutions for Sustainable Rural Drinking Water Systems

Our four interns and six internships will be invaluable components in the research being conducted. These interns will be collecting primary data for the project and will be working directly with industry partners to test and develop feasible solutions to community drinking water problems. Our parter  organizations will directly benefit from our internships, as our interns will be providing our partners wth outside marketing with their case study reports.

Cooperative Primary Healthcare Data Sharing and Analytics Network Infrastructure

An increasing number of primary health care clinics have made the transition from paper-based record keeping to computer-based patient information systems, so-called electronic medical record (EMR) systems. One advantage of using EMRs is that data becomes more readily accessible for computer-based analytics in order to inform medical research and investigate compliance to clinical guidelines on evidence-based best practices.