Connections >> September 2012

20 September 2012

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Research Roundup

MSFHR releases full report on knowledge translation needs assessment

A final report on MSFHR’s online survey of knowledge translation training and resource needs is available for download. The report, analyzing more than 1,000 responses from the BC health research community, finds high interest in learning more about KT among producers and users of research evidence, but also identifies gaps and constraints that make KT training challenging.

Research trainee competition to launch in January 2013

The MSFHR board approved a research trainee competition for post-doctoral fellows that is scheduled to launch in January 2013. Details will be posted to MSFHR’s website when they are available.

MSFHR partners to bring KT training to northern BC

MSFHR is partnering with the University of Northern BC and the Northern Health Authority to offer the Science Knowledge Translation Training (SKTT ™) workshop September 27 and 28 in Prince George.  This is the first time this workshop will be offered in northern BC.

This two-day practice-oriented course allows participants to develop skills in creating and implanting a KT plan that can help generate research impact, promote research utilization, and ensure that research findings reach the appropriate audiences.

Additional workshop opportunities for 2012/13 are under discussion and will be informed by the results of MSFHR’s provincial KT needs assessment survey, the final report on which was posted to  MSFHR’s website and distributed to stakeholders in mid-September.

For more information on the SKTT™ workshop, contact Megan Schellenberg, Marketing & Communications Coordinator (Knowledge Translation);; 604.714.5377.

MSFHR-sponsored teens get valuable insight into science careers

MSFHR is proud to have partnered with Shad Valley for a third consecutive year to host their annual summer enrichment program. With MSFHR’s support, two Shad Valley students were given the opportunity to complete four-week university internships.

Research Roundup

  • Dr. Scott Lear
    SFU researcher Dr. Scott Lear (2003 MSFHR Scholar) is undertaking a new study to better understand the factors impacting childhood heart health. Lear’s research will examine data from 5,400 students in Canada and India to determine the environmental causes of poor childhood health. The CIHR-funded study aims to identify solutions to the increasing rate of childhood obesity and other risk factors for cardiovascular disease.The Link article; September 8, 2012
  • Dr. Danuta Skowronski
    A new study led by Dr. Danuta Skowronski has found evidence linking the 2008/09 seasonal flu vaccine to an elevated risk of infection by the pandemic H1N1 strain. The research team conducted a blinded trial in ferrets and observed that the animals receiving the seasonal vaccine became significantly sicker upon exposure to H1N1. The findings were presented last week at the International Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy in San Francisco. Skowronski, a BC Centre for Disease Control researcher, previously headed an MSFHR-funded team that helped inform BC’s H1N1 response by identifying age groups most at risk.Video interview with Dr. Skowronski
    Vancouver Sun article; September 10, 2012