Team Planning Award

Collaborative research group for the study of human vaginal microbiota in health and disease

Under normal circumstances, the vagina is home to many different microorganisms. A shift in the balance of vaginal microbiota can result in infections such as bacterial vaginosis (BV), the most common cause of vaginal infection. BV and other infections are associated with early pregnancy loss, preterm labour, and an increased risk for HIV. Our primitive understanding of the complex microbial ecosystem of the genital tract greatly hampers our ability to identify and describe normal vaginal microbiota.

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Workplace Traumatic Exposure Team

One of the most serious effects of occupational stress is mental illness — a prominent health issue in terms of both financial and human costs. It is estimated that mental injury claims are approximately 50 per cent more costly than physical injury claims, since workers with a mental injury are typically absent from work longer than those with a physical injury. Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety disorder are the most significant mental injuries originating in the workplace.

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Functional Lung Imaging for Radiation Therapy

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in Canada. Patients who undergo radiation therapy (RT) for lung cancer face only a 14% chance of surviving for five years. In addition, they are likely to experience significant radiation-related health effects, such as impaired lung function. While current therapy attempts to reduce injury by limiting the amount of lung tissue treated, it is difficult to predict how much function will be lost.

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VITALiTY Team

Catastrophic disability is the rapid onset of disability and loss of independence in three or more basic activities of daily living. The six leading causes are stroke, congestive heart failure, pneumonia and influenza, ischemic heart disease, cancer, and hip fracture. Within the next 25 years, the number of people aged 65 years and older in British Columbia will double, resulting in a significant burden on the health care system. Novel strategies are needed to reduce both the risk of catastrophic disability, and the related increased care needs.

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Neuroethics for British Columbia

Neuroethics is a relatively new field of study that focuses on the ethical, legal, social and policy implications emerging from different branches of clinical neuroscience (neurology, psychiatry, psychopharmacology) and basic neuroscience (cognitive neuroscience). This award supports the creation of a team focused on working with practicing neuroscientists, physicians and clinical researchers, ethicists, and health policy-makers in BC to ensure that advances in neuroscience are aligned with societal and individual human values.

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Team in Child and Adolescent Healthy Body Weights

At least one in four BC children and youth is overweight or obese, and many of these young people are already developing serious diseases, such as hypertension and type 2 diabetes. Preventative and therapeutic measures have not succeeded in curbing the prevalence of overweight and obese children and youth in BC and Canada. This award supports the development of a multidisciplinary team bringing together clinical, social and basic researchers.

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Genomics Data Mining for Personalized Medicine Group

Personalized medicine is an approach to health care that involves using information about a person's genetic background to design strategies for the detection, treatment and prevention of diseases. But genetic variations, which can cause people to respond in different ways to medication, represent a barrier to personalized medicine. Individual genes or many genes interacting with each other can determine response to medication. Combing through this complicated genetic map is expensive and time-consuming.

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Rationing in health care

Limited health care resources require organizations to have mechanisms for making funding decisions. Decision makers, however, may not be familiar with tools to assist in maximizing resources. Decision makers also face organizational constraints and other challenges that counter the use of priority setting tools. This award supports the development of a team that will bring together two leading-edge, BC-based research programs on priority setting and resource allocation in health care, while also tapping into other related research areas.

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Increasing consumer access to cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) in British Columbia

The Provincial Health Services Authority and the BC Ministry of Health are jointly sponsoring a clinical practice initiative to improve the quality and availability of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for mental health and addictions in BC. While CBT has been established as an empirically supported treatment for many disorders, there has been a lack of availability of CBT in the community. Research is needed on issues related to dissemination and adoption/uptake of CBT.

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The Operations Research Team in Cancer Care

This award supports the development of a multidisciplinary research team focused on applying operations research methods to improve access to cancer treatments. Initially the team will focus on access to radiation therapy, which is used by half of all cancer patients. The team’s objectives will be to develop operations research models that enhance access to radiation therapy and improve clinical outcomes; test and validate the models; and apply the research to improve access to cancer treatments in general.

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Developing a Research Program on the Process and Impact of Implementing Core Public Health Functions in BC

To contribute to public health system renewal, the BC Ministry of Health has developed a Framework for Core Functions in Public Health. The Core Functions identify the key public heath services that health authorities will provide and that will strengthen the link between public health, primary health care and chronic disease management in BC. This award supports the creation of a multidisciplinary team to establish research priorities for public health in BC as they relate to the framework, and to develop a research program on the implementation and outcomes of the core functions.

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CORRECT Groups: Collaborative Resources for Research on Counselling and Therapy Groups

Group therapy has become a widely used form of non-pharmacological treatment of mental illness. Despite the widespread use of group therapy in BC and elsewhere, research on the complexities of efficient and effective application of group therapy has been limited and fragmentary. This award supports the establishment of a multidisciplinary team of researchers to focus on developing a better, more integrated understanding of group therapy as a mental health intervention.

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Oncology Nutrition

This award supports the creation of a team focused on advancing research in a new and emerging field: oncology nutrition. Through conferences, educational sessions and workshops, the team aims to achieve key goals that include: identifying research priorities and resources; identifying partners for individual and multi-centre projects; and gaining consensus on research design and methodology. Other goals include mentoring cancer care staff and developing a database within cancer treatment centres for future research.

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BC Southern Interior Health Services Research Team (BCSIHSR)

The BCSIHSR plans to focus on research to improve the range and quality of services provided to the frail elderly in the Central Okanagan sub-region of Interior Health, where more than 20 per cent of the population is 65 or older. The Team’s research program includes evaluating the costs and quality of services currently provided within Interior Health; developing and implementing an evidence-based decision-making process to reallocate resources among program options; and evaluating outcomes, including quality of care measures.

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The Collaborative Research Group for Designing Safety Interventions for Individuals in Violent Relationships

This award funds the development of a team focused on enhancing safety of victims of relationship abuse. The team’s goal is to bring together researchers from social work, psychology, nursing, medicine and public health with front-line service providers to develop abuse interventions for individuals in violent relationships. Through a series of meetings and workshops, the team aims to develop safety-promoting strategies that can be tested with women and men in different socio-ethnic groups.

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