HAT TRICK: An innovative health promotion program for men

Despite the benefits associated with staying physically active and eating a healthy diet, men are less likely than women to engage in these behaviours. Healthy lifestyle programs that are offered in collaboration with professional sport teams have been found to engage men in being more active and eating healthier. HAT TRICK was designed to specifically target men and is being offered with major junior ice hockey teams in the Canadian Hockey League (CHL).

Salivary insulin profiles throughout the day in healthy humans

The hormone insulin rises in the blood after consuming food. Too high of an insulin response may be a sign of dysfunctional metabolism and has also been shown to promote weight gain. Thus, if insulin levels rise too high after a meal it may indicate that someone is metabolically unhealthy or is prone to obesity. Currently insulin is only measured in research studies using blood samples and costly, time consuming measurement techniques. This project aims to determine if saliva can be used to measure insulin in order to allow for non-invasive insulin measurement.

Technology to improve walking competency in seniors

Walking pattern in healthy adults changes with age. A poor walking pattern results in fall and fear of falls. It is important to detect early changes in gait so that corrective measures are taken. In this project I am planning to use a sensor (Heel2Toe device) that detects when an individual makes a correct step while walking. In addition, the proposed device will also give a sound feedback when person makes a correct step. This device will be used by the therapist to understand gait deviations as well as prescribe this device to use at home for training.

Impact of a cognitive intervention program for adults with traumatic brain injury (TBI)

Cognitive impairments are the most common long-term challenges after traumatic brain injury (TBI). There is very little research on interventions to improve cognitive function after brain injury. The goal of this project is to evaluate whether and how an intensive cognitive intervention program (Arrowsmith program) may stimulate positive changes in the brain. We have already started this program and showed that after 3 months of intervention, there were small changes in both brain and behaviour.

Mobility and Protection of Goaltender Upper Body Personal Protective Equipment

Upper body injuries make up 32% of the injuries that ice hockey goaltenders have in a season. These values may be subject to change, as the National Hockey League is investigating rule changes that will decrease the size of the goaltender’s chest and arm equipment. The primary objective of this research is to investigate the mobility and safety of a chest and arm protector that meets the new NHL requirements by comparing goaltender shoulder/elbow mobility and protection against a CCM and a leading competitor’s chest and arm protector.

Impact of a pharmacist-led therapeutic nutritional intervention on medications and glucose control in type 2 diabetes

In this project, community pharmacists will help patients with type 2 diabetes to make dietary changes to reduce their consumption of carbohydrates while lowering or eliminating their need for costly diabetes medications. The results will help inform pharmacy practice and diabetes management and represent a novel treatment strategy placing pharmacists as key integrators of lifestyle and medication care for patients with type 2 diabetes.

Detection of salivary insulin following low versus high carbohydrate meals in humans

The intern will conduct a research study to evaluate whether measuring insulin in saliva can be used to reflect levels of insulin in the blood. The long-term objective is to work with the industry partner to develop a non-invasive personal salivary insulin monitor using a new technology that is in development that can quickly and cost-effectively measure insulin. The intern will work closely with the partner organization to understand the new technology and the end goals of the project while translating the research study results to help develop a prototype.

Mental Health: Strategies for Resilience

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training is a 12 hour course that was developed in 2001 for health care workers to better support clinical patients in mental health crisis. Evaluations of the training indicate that individuals who take this training improve knowledge of mental health disorders (e.g., psychotic disorders) and are better able to provide triaged mental health care.

Evaluation of an mHealth App: A Randomized Controlled Trial of ‘DeStressify’ on Campus Staff and Student Mental Health

Development and use of mobile technologies, in particular mHealth applications, to improve health have exponentially increased in the past decade. Despite the widespread use of ‘apps’, there has been astonishingly few scientific evaluations on the efficacy of such products to improve or change health behaviours.

Impact of a cognitive intervention program on brain structure and function in adults with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI)

Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) is one of the least understood neurological injuries. Increasing evidence shows that the effects of mTBI are not transient and may be associated with significant long-term consequences on brain function and may lead to long-term changes in the functioning of the brain with impacts on many areas related to information processing. Over a lifetime, repeated brain trauma is a significant risk factor for developing neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and Parkinson’s disease (PD).