From the ParticipACTION Physical Activity Report Card to the Global Matrix 3.0: Impact Evaluation and Strategy Development

Internationally, physical activity levels among children and youth are declining, while sedentary behaviours are increasing, leading to the global rise in non-communicable disease. This project aims to contribute to childhood physical activity promotion in Canada and worldwide, and to the international diffusion of scientific knowledge concerning childhood physical activity though three actions: 1. the evaluation of the impact of the ParticipACTION Report Cards since 2014; 2. the optimization of the development of the Global Matrix 3.0; and, 3.

The “CARE” (Clinical Analytics for Real-World Evidence) Platform

The healthcare industry is shifting from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) care to real world data (RWD) to understand how well an intervention performs in clinical practice. The best source of RWD is source data – that is, data that are collected at the interface of the patient and the health care system.

A One-Health approach to echinococcosis (Echinococcus multilocularis) in client owned dogs in Alberta: force of infection, risk factors, diagnostics, treatments and information

This project aims to determine prevalence rates of Echinococcus species tapeworms in domestic dogs and to compare these rates to those obtained from wild canids including wolves, coyotes, and foxes. This will shed light on infection rates and risk factors for both the human population and their pet dogs. This research will benefit Bayer as they produce many pharmaceuticals that combat Echinococcus infection and believe an increased public awareness of this parasite is important for public health.

An Assessment of Local Business’ Understandings and Needs for Community Leadership in a Small Urban Setting

Community leadership development and training programs must respond to changing corporate and public perceptions. There has been a lack of research on community leadership within small urban settings, where the impact that training and development programs have may be high. Our objective is to describe how local businesses in a small urban setting understand community leadership and what needs they have with respect to training and development. We will conduct fifteen in-depth interviews with a diverse range of local business leaders in Greater Victoria, British Columbia.

The MAID Study: Microbiome and Antibiotic-Induced Dysbiosis in Children

Antibiotics are the most widely prescribed drugs in children and its frequent use presents a real danger to its ongoing effectiveness. Probiotics are bacteria that, when administered in adequate amounts, may replenish “good” bacteria depleted by antibiotics to maintain the normal bacterial composition in the gut. The aim of this study is to determine whether taking probiotics with antibiotics protects against shifts in the bacterial composition of the gut microbiota.

Leisure Access Victoria: Recreation Accessibility Website, Apps and Tools

Recreation Integration Victoria and the School of Public Health and Social Policy (at UVic.) will address critical issues around the health, fitness and social integration of persons with disabilities in the Victoria Capital Regional District (CRD). Our goal is to promote and facilitate increased fitness, physical activity and healthy living across the entire disability spectrum.

Modeling fatal and non-fatal occupational injuries in Saskatchewan: identifying the leading risk fact

Work-related morbidity and mortality not only result in loss of time at work, reduction of the overall productivity, increase of the additional hiring and training costs and increased use of medical and welfare services, but it also results in suffering and hardship for the worker and his or her family. The Workers’ Compensation Board of Saskatchewan (WCB-SK) strives to advance scientific and technical knowledge in understanding the occupational injury and fatality risks to reduce the incidence or severity of injury in Saskatchewan.

Evaluating the impact of the BC Dairy Association Food Explorers program on willingness to try new foods in children

Eating a variety of foods from the four food groups is part of a healthy diet and is important for supporting the growth and development of children. Avoidance of new foods (neophobia) and familiar foods (pickiness) are common in children and limit food quantity and quality. The BC Dairy Association developed the Food Explorers program that introduces new and familiar foods to children in kindergarten and grade 1 classrooms. The goal is to increase the willingness to try new foods and ultimately positively impact diet. The program is widely delivered in BC but has not been evaluated.

Molecular characterization, autogenous vaccine manufacturing and vaccine potency studies of two pathogenic Avian Reovirus (ARV) field isolates from the Province of Alberta

Avian Reovirus (ARV) is an economically important virus that is affecting poultry flocks in Alberta. Birds infected with pathogenic ARV may develop a disease named viral arthritis/tenosynovitis which is characterised by lameness, swollen joints, rupture of tendons and increase mortality. The disease is controlled by parent stock vaccination with live and/or inactivated antigen to provide passive immunity to the chicks. As local strains have been found to be different from commercial vaccine strains, protection can only be achieved with vaccines made from local strains.

Respirable Crystalline Silica: A Risk Assessment Tool for the Construction Sector

Silica is a known lung carcinogen and causes silicosis, an irreversible fibrotic lung disease. RCS is a major problem in the construction sector because of the high content of silica in construction materials. New tools are needed to help the construction industry in recognition, evaluation and control of RCS. The intern will develop an on-line tool that will provide the over 40,000 BC construction employers with access to archived silica exposure measurement data to enable quantitative risk assessment and appropriate control selection.

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