News Archive


2019


September

A Healthy Interest

A recent article in the Gazette outlines NLCAHR's Research Exchange Groups Program 

 

August

NLCAHR celebrates twenty years

With our sincere thanks to our partners for their important contributions to our success, NLCAHR is pleased to publish a special twentieth anniversary annual report with much to celebrate. 

July

Research on Aging receives new funding

The funding of seven provincial projects is helping to advance several areas of aging research. The Aging Research Centre – Newfoundland and Labrador (ARC-NL), Memorial University's new research centre for the study of aging held its first call for proposals in Spring 2019 and is awarding more than $68,000 in research dollars, providing funding to seven different Memorial University principal investigators.

May

Funding innovative seniors' care

 Are you a point-of-care worker with an innovative idea in seniors’ care? Apply to the Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI)’s Spark program and make it a reality.

March

CHRSP publishes study on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

The Contextualized Health Research Synthesis Program(CHRSP) of the NL Centre for Applied Health Research has just published its 35th Evidence in Context Report: Evidence Update: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Difficult Wounds (2019). READ THE REPORT ONLINE:

February

New funding for research on aging in NL

The Aging Research Centre (ARC) of Memorial University is pleased to announce its first call for applications to fund researchers and students whose work is relevant to aging, broadly defined, to include a wide range of disciplines, approaches, and topics. (Link to details)

If you would like to learn more about ARC and about these awards, the ARC leadership team will host an information session in St. John’s (Link to details)


2018


October

CHRSP publishes study on preschool screening

The Contextualized Health Research Synthesis Program of the NL Centre for Applied Health Research has just published its 32nd report, Preschool Screening, written by Aimee Letto, CHRSP Research Officer, and Dr. Stephen Bornstein, CHRSP Program Director.  The report examines the scientific evidence about what health and developmental concerns for which the preschool population of Newfoundland and Labrador should be screened.

CHRSP featured in national casebook series

Putting research in place: An innovative approach to decision support in Newfoundland and Labrador A new article in the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools EIDM Casebook features the Contextualized Health Research Synthesis Program (CHRSP) and discusses how this innovative provincial program supports evidence-informed decision making by prioritizing research, synthesizing complex evidence, attuning findings to local resources/capacities, and producing rapid, easy-to-use reports.

September

Lifelong perseverance

Wendy Lasisi, a PhD student in Clinical Epidemiology, and recipient of a Rotary Foundation Global Grant scholarship, works with NLCAHR as a Research Assistant for the Contextualized Health Research Synthesis Program. The story of how Wendy followed her calling from Nigeria to Newofundland was featured in an article by Rebecca Rebeiro in the Memorial University Gazette on September 12, 2018. 

Remembering Carol Brice-Bennett

The Director and staff of NLCAHR were saddened to learn of that Carol Brice-Bennett , our former CHRSP Champion for Labrador-Grenfell Health and a member of our Research Exchange Group on Rural, Northern, and Aboriginal Health, passed away in August, 2018.  Our sincere condolences to Carol's family and friends.  She will be missed.

July

Connections & Directions: Annual Report 2017-2018

The Annual Report of the Newfoundland & Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research for 2017-2018, entitled Connections and Directions to highlight our community engagement, research initiatives, and the expansion of our partnerships, is now available on our website.

Highlights include::

  • Celebrating ten years of the Contextualized Health Research Synthesis Program
  • Our dynamic Research Exchange Groups
  • A focus on Community and Health System Engagement

The director and staff wish to thank the many partners who contributed to another great year at the Centre.

April

CHRSP publishes two new studies

Researchers at the Contextualized Health Research Synthesis Program of NLCAHR have published two new decision-support products on topics identified as priorities by our provincial health system partners.  The first, a Rapid Evidence Report,  provides an overview of evidence on palliative care approaches for people with chronic disease.  Findings from thnis study were disseminated at a meeting with provincial health system stakeholders on April 25, 2018.  The second study was a Snapshot Report that provided a jurisdictional scan of psychiatrist-led rural and remote mental health and addictions programs that have been implemented elsewhere in Canada.  This report was requested by our health system partners to help inform the action plan laid out in the All-Party Committee on Mental Health's report: Towards Recovery: A Vision for a Renewed Mental Health and Addictions System for Newfoundland and Labrador.

New CHRSP Report Looks at Palliative Approach to Chronic Disease

On April 25, 2018, NLCAHR's Contextualized Health Research Synthesis Program will host a public dissemination event for a new Rapid Evidence Report that looks at a palliative approach to care for people with chronic disease, a topic identified as a priority by our provincial health system partners. CHRSP reports are part of an ongoing effort to support evidence-informed decision making in Newfoundland and Labrador.  Anyone interested in attending is welcome to attend or to extend the invitation to others.  RSVP rochelle.baker@med.mun.ca.


2017


November

November events at the Centre

A great deal of research exchange will be happening this month, facilitated by the Newfoundland & Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research. With topics ranging across numerous focus areas, diverse groups of professionals and community members will have a chance to attend presentations and participate in Research Exchange Groups to discuss applied health research.

New journal publication tells the CHRSP story

How does an innovative research program support policy and practice decisions in this province’s health system?   Find out in the November 2017 issue of Systematic Reviews, an open access, peer-reviewed journal of BioMed Central, that features an article on the Contextualized Health Research Synthesis Program (CHRSP),  NLCAHR’s flagship program  for health system decision support.  

 

CADTH supports NL approach to dialysis

The Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) has just released a new report on dialysis modalities for end-stage renal disease.  Their latest findings validate a report published by CHRSP in 2008 and updated again in 2013 and support approaches to home dialysis that are used in this province.

 

August

NLCAHR 2016-2017 Annual Report

NLCAHR's Annual Report for 2016-2017 is now available online. Research in Place provides a detailed look at the Centre's many accomplishments in research and engagement, highlighting how this work is embedded in Newfoundland & Labrador and attuned to the unique capacities and challenges of this place.

April

Apply Now: CIHR Health System Impact Fellowships

NEW funding opportunity for PhD graduates (post-docs) who are interested in applying their research and analytic talents to critical challenges faced by health system and related organizations outside of the traditional scholarly setting, and who want to benefit from professional work experience, mentorship from health system and academic leaders, and professional development training in an expanded set of competencies (e.g., leadership, project management, change management) designed to accelerate professional growth

February

Share your passion at Discovery Day in Health Sciences

On Tuesday May 16, 2017, Discovery Day is again being hosted by the Faculty of Medicine. Offered at thirteen sites across Canada, Discovery Day in Health Sciences is one of many ways the university encourages young people to explore the exciting career options available to them in the health sciences. The event organizers are now looking for passionate and enthusiastic presenters to help ignite a spark in young people who are in the process of discerning their academic and professional goals.  More than 100 students, selected from secondary schools in St. John’s and surrounding areas, will use this forum to explore their options in the health sciences.

January

NEW! CHRSP study on mental health units

The Contextualized Health Research Synthesis Program (CHRSP) of the NL Centre for Applied Health Research has published its latest Rapid Evidence Report,Mental Health Units in Acute-Care Facilities,  which is now available for viewing on our website.

Time to move health research into the community

"Over the past two years, the Canadian Health Services and Policy Research Alliance has worked with experts from across the country to improve the impact of Canadian PhDs on the quality and sustainability of our health system — by changing the training and preparation they receive," write Stephen Bornstein and Adalsteinn Brown.  (Toronto Star January 4 2017)


2016


December

Happy Holidays!

From all of us at NLCAHR, we wish you the best of the season

November

Call for Submissions: Public Health 2017

The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) is accepting Submissions forPublic Health 2017(CPHA’s annual conference) taking place June 6-8 in Halifax.

October

Research Exchange: going concerns

From the findings of an environmental study on Muskrat Falls to the use of music for better lung health, from mental health services in prisons to the role of gender in mental illness diagnoses in youth probationers in BC, this is shaping up to be a very busy and important semester for our Research Exchange Groups.

August

CHRSP publishes two new studies

The Contextualized Health Research Synthesis Program of NLCAHR has recently completed two new Rapid Evidence Reports on topics chosen by our provincial health system partners to support evidence-informed decision making in Newfoundland and Labrador. One study deals with reducing wait times for outpatient services while the other is about using digital surveys to soklicit patient feedback.

 

July

Research Funding Promotes Healthy Aging

Seven research projects have been awarded a total of $87,500 through the Newfoundland and Labrador Healthy Aging Research Program (NL-HARP), funded by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.  This opportunity, administered by the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research, supports research that aligns with the Provincial Healthy Aging Framework.   We congratulate this year’s winners.

June

New CHRSP Study on Preventing Type 2 Diabetes

Health system decision makers in NL recognize the burden that Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) places on both the individual and on the healthcare system.  By focusing on prevention, they hope to improve population health in the province and to reduce the costs required to manage this chronic disease. In an effort to help decision makers develop prevention strategies based on reliable evidence, the Contextualized Health Research Synthesis Program (CHRSP) identified and reviewed the best available scientific and economic evidence on the clinical and cost effectiveness of approaches that aim to reduce T2D incidence. 

May

Dr. Cara Tannenbaum visits Memorial

DR. CARA TANNENBAUM will visit NLCAHR on May 5th to give a public lecture.  She is Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Gender and Health and Professor in the Faculties of Medicine and Pharmacy at the Université de Montréal with long-standing interest and leadership in the field of gender and health.  Dr. Tannenbaum conducted the first-ever pan-Canadian study on older women's and men's unmet health priorities, and led Health Canada's Health Policy Research Program on the development of gender-sensitive mental health indicators.  

March

Awards Launch Suspended

The 2016-17 round of NLCAHR’s Annual Awards Program has been temporarily suspended while further analysis of our budgetary situation is being undertaken. Any subsequent updates will be posted on our website and communicated by e-bulletin. 

February

Funded! 5 New Research Projects

The Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Eastern Health have funded five research projects under the final competition for research funding following from the Cameron Inquiry.  The fund, Enhancing Health Care in NL, administered by NLCAHR, was established to support increased research and evaluation activities aimed at improving healthcare for patients in this province, including those with cancer.  

 

Research Exchange Takes Off!

NLCAHR's program of Research Exchange Groups is growing in leaps and bounds.


2015


November

NL-SUPPORT FUNDING UPDATE

In response to overwhelming interest in the ongoing Patient-Oriented Research Grants Competition, the Newfoundland and Labrador SUpport for Patient-Oriented Research and Trials Unit (NL SUPPORT) is pleased to extend the deadline for applications from December 15th until January 31st, 2016 to offer interested researchers the extra time to get their applications in order.  

 

HEALTHFORUM 2015 Online

The webcast of HEALTHFORUM 2015, the October 27th provincial discussion and debate on health and healthcare is now available for viewing on our website http://www.nlcahr.mun.ca/HEALTH2015.php

 

October

HEALTHFORUM 2015 Webcast

ST. JOHN’S, October 27, 2015 – The NL Centre for Applied Health Research at Memorial University is pleased to provide a live webcast of the debate including all major provincial party healthcare leaders on Tuesday, October 27 from 7:30pm to 10:00pm NST at theBruneau Centre for Innovation and Research. 

To access the live webcast, please click on the following link just before 7:30pm:

Webcast

 

HEALTHFORUM 2015

ST. JOHN’S, October 16, 2015 – The NL Centre for Applied Health Research at Memorial University today announced that it will bring audiences their first opportunity to hear from all major provincial party healthcare leaders in a public forum and debate on Tuesday, October 27 from 7:30pm to 10:00pm NST at the Bruneau Centre for Innovation and Research.   WWW.NLCAHR.MUN.CA/HEALTH2015.PHP

 

 

Congratulations to the Winners!

Seven research projects have been awarded a total of $122,000 under the 2015 Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research (NLCAHR) Awards Program. NLCAHR funds research that aligns with the Centre’s mandate: to meet the challenges of population health and health services in Newfoundland and Labrador; to address health promotion and wellness; and to promote the efficiency and effectiveness of the provincial health system.  Thirty applicants submitted proposals to this year’s program.  They included Master’s students, Doctoral candidates, and faculty researchers from a range of disciplines who are either developing or proposing applied health research projects.  We extend our sincere thanks to all who applied and to the peer reviewers who assessed their applications. 

 

August

NLCAHR Releases Annual Report

It's all about engagement. Researchers, community stakeholders, and health system partners work with NLCAHR every day to tackle the challenges of our health system head-on.  

This year’s annual report "The Story of the Year" provides ample evidence of the ways in which this work is being done.  In reflecting on the stories of the past year, engagement certainly emerged as the dominant theme.  Every day, the Centre is fully engaged with its partners in health research collaboration, whether by consulting on research projects under the Contextualized Health Research Synthesis Program (CHRSP), building bridges to connect community stakeholders and research partners through our Research Exchange Groups, or helping applied health researchers to access funding from a variety of sources, including the awards programs we administer.

 

May

Grants for Applied Health Research

The Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research (NLCAHR) Awards Program, launched on May 21, 2015, will provide a total of $122,000 to support applied health research in Newfoundland and Labrador. 

The NLCAHR Awards fund researchers and graduate students for work on research projects with direct relevance to one or more of NLCAHR’s priority themes.  The following priority research themes will be the focus of this year’s awards program:

 

  • The challenges of population health and health services in Newfoundland and Labrador;
  • Health promotion and wellness;
  • Efficiency and effectiveness of the provincial health system.

April

Funding for Research on Aging: Congratulations to the NL-HARP Winners

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has awarded a total of $108,980 to seven research projects through the 2015 Newfoundland and Labrador Healthy Aging Research Program (NL-HARP), a funding opportunity administered by the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research to support research that aligns with the Provincial Healthy Aging Framework.  Since its inception in 2008, NL-HARP has provided close to $1.1 million in support of research into healthy aging.  

 

February

Funding for research to improve patient care

The Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Eastern Health are pleased to announce the fourth competition for research funding following from the Cameron Inquiry. The fund, Enhancing Health Care in NL, will be administered by the NL Centre for Applied Health Research. The program aims to increase the scope and scale of research and evaluation activities designed to improve healthcare for patients in this province, including those with cancer.

 

 


2014


November

The eHealth Innovations Partnership Program

The eHealth Innovations Partnership Program (eHIPP) is a collaborative funding program designed to create a new generation of cost-effective patient and population-centred healthcare by co-developing innovative ehealth solutions in partnership with Canadian technology companies.  The intention is to develop Canada’s potential to deliver real-world healthcare value.

September

Announcing Awards Recipients for the 2014 NLCAHR Awards

We're delighted to announce the recipients of funding under the 2014 NLCAHR Awards Program.  We thank the researchers who applied to this year's highly competitive program and, as always, we want to acknowledge the important work of our Peer Review Committee for its careful consideration of the many excellent applications we received this year. 

August

Funding for Research on Aging: Launching the 2014 NL-HARP Awards

The Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research is once again seeking applications for research funding under the Newfoundland and Labrador Healthy Aging Research Program (NL-HARP).

June

NLCAHR Director on a Pending Asbestos Health Crisis

In an article contributed to the Globe and Mail on June 19 2014, Dr. Stephen Bornstein, Director of NLCAHR discusses his grave concerns about the dangers of asbestos and the outcomes of his research at Memorial University, designing, developing, and implementing an occupational exposure and disease registry for former employees of the asbestos mine in Baie Verte, Newfoundland.

Launching the 2014 NLCAHR Awards

St. John’s, NL- June 9, 2014:  The Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research (NLCAHR) Awards Program, being launched today, will provide a total of $103,500 to support applied health research in Newfoundland and Labrador.  
The NLCAHR Awards fund researchers and graduate students for work on research projects with direct relevance to one or more of NLCAHR’s priority themes.

The following priority research themes will be the focus of this year’s awards program:

 

  • The challenges of population health and health services in Newfoundland and Labrador;
  • Health promotion and wellness;
  • Efficiency and effectiveness of the provincial health system.

 

 

May

Building Health into a Downtown Green Space

NLCAHR continues to support the Building Healthy Communities Collaborative by assisting with a Health Impact Assessment for the re-design of a green space in the Georgetown neighbourhood of downtown St. John's.  In an effort to keep health and wellness on the agenda for planners redesigning the area known as Century Park, Pablo Navarro, Senior Research Officer at NLCAHR, hosted a public forum on Saturday May 10, 2014 in which neighbourhood residents provided feedback and ideas for the planned re-design.

The Impact of Relocation on Adults with Mild to Moderate Dementia

A Newfoundland & Labrador study has recently found that a model of care that promotes purposeful activities and social interactions may have a positive impact on overall function of individuals with mild to moderate dementia. The Journal of the Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association, Perspectives, published a feature article in its April 2014 issue on the impact of relocation from home or institution to assisted living on adults with mild to moderate dementia.  The article features results of a quantitative study of the impacts of relocation to a new model of care known as the Protective Community Residences, implemented in Western Health in 2008, and was written by Newfoundland and Labrador researchers Kelli O’Brien (Western Health), Judith Wells (Western Regional School of Nursing), Darlene Welsh, (Western Health), Carla Wells (Western Regional School of Nursing), and Leslie Cake Memorial University (Grenfell Campus).

Sex-positive health strategies for gay men

Mikiki, gay men’s health activist, street outreach worker and Newfoundland's own video artist, performance artist and drag queen, will be visiting St. John’s for a Memorial University-sponsored talk about gay men’s sexual health at Eastern Edge Gallery on May 6 from 7 to 9pm. His interactive public forum, Strategic Positioning, covers HIV stigma, HIV prevention and new landmark studies linking community-wide treatment to community-wide prevention.

 

April

Funding Research on Aging: NL-HARP Winners Announced

Five researchers investigating issues of relevance to our aging population have been awarded funding under the Newfoundland and Labrador Healthy Aging Research Program (NL-HARP). The program, funded by the province’s Department of Health and Community Services, is administered by NLCAHR to support local research aligned with the Provincial Healthy Aging Policy Framework.

Diet and Seniors: NL-HARP Researchers Publish

Findings from a preliminary investigation into diet inadequacy among seniors in Newfoundland and Labrador, a study supported by a research grant from the NL-Healthy Aging Research Program, (administered through NLCAHR), have been published by researcher Jing Yan and professor of Epidemiology, Dr. Peter Wang, with co-authors Barbara Roebothan, Ann Ryan, Zhi Chen, and Yanqing Yi in the journal BMC Public Health.

Funding for Research to Improve Patient Care

The Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Eastern Health recently announced the third competition for research funding following from the Cameron Inquiry. The fund, Enhancing Health Care in NL, will be administered by NLCAHR. 

Building Healthy Communities On the Rock

Senior CHRSP Research Officer, Pablo Navarro, will present at this year's CDPAC (Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada) conference on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 in Ottawa. Pablo will talk about his involvement with the Building Healthy Communities Collaborative, an initiative that has been strongly supported by NLCAHR since its inception in 2011. The collaborative aims to bring health and wellness to the community planning table in Newfoundland and Labrador.

CHRSP Puts its Best Face Forward

The latest issue of Memorial University's Face Forward features NLCAHR's Director, Dr. Stephen Bornstein discussing our innovative CHRSP methodology as an example of one of Memorial University's contributions to health and well-being in the province.

March

Research Exchange topics for March: Mental Health Stigma, Cyber Bullies

March is shaping up to be a great month for Research Exchange at NLCAHR, with two very interesting topics under discssion.  On March 20th, our group on Mental Health hosts "Two Sides of a Coin: Patient and Research Perspectives on Mental Health Stigma".  March 24th will feature a presentation on Cyber Bullying by the convener of our Research Exchange group on Mental Health.

February

HIV and Aging Workshop at NLCAHR

The AIDS Committee of Newfoundland & Labrador (ACNL) Working Group on Aging (HIV/LGBT) and the Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE) invites the general public and the Research Exchange Group on Aging to join us for a workshop to be held at the NLCAHR Boardroom on February 26th at 3:00pm.   There is no cost for this workshop.

Barriers and Facilitators to Services for Children with ASD

The Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research (NLCAHR) invites you to a special meeting of our Research Exchange Group on Autism taking place from 12:30pm to 2:00pm on February 26th at our boardroom.  Dr. Rick Audas will describe a multi-disciplinary, inter-provincial research project that has been funded by CIHR and is being led by Memorial University.   

 

January

NLCAHR-funded researcher published in British Journal of Cancer

A paper by an NLCAHR-funded researcher, Yun Zhu on “Influence of pre-diagnostic cigarette smoking on colorectal cancer survivial: overall and by tumour molecular phenotype” has been published in the most recent issue of British Journal of Cancer. 


We congratulate Yun and the entire team.   In this study, the team was able to integrate information from various sources: epidemiological survey, clinical data, and genetic data. As a graduate student, Yun's research was supported by a Master's Fellowship from NLCAHR and by the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute (BHCRI). 

 

Health Innovation Webcast Now Available

A webcast of Dr. Anne Snowdon's December 2013 Research Talks public lecture on Health System Innovation is now available on the NLCAHR website

Dr. Snowdon, academic chair of the International Centre for Health Innovation at the Richard Ivey School of Business, leads the Centre’s work to drive health system sustainability and productivity.  She visited St. John's last month for a public talk about what Canadians value in the healthcare system and whether the system is delivering that value.

 

New Deadline for CDPAC 2014 Conference Abstracts

The CDPAC Pan-Canadian Conference "New Partnerships and New Approaches for Chronic Disease Prevention"  will be held at the Delta Ottawa City Centre from April 8-11, 2014.  They have extended the deadline for their oral presentations and rapid fire poster sessions for students to January 15, 2014.

Call for Abstracts Information:

http://forms.f2fe.com/cdpac/2014/abstractcall/

Conference details and registration: 

https://www.eply.com/CDPAC2014/


2013


December

New CHRSP Study on Community-Based Service Models for Seniors

The Contextualized Health Research Synthesis Program of the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research (NLCAHR) recently completed a study that looked at integrated primary healthcare and social-care models that support seniors who wish to age in place.  Recognizing that knowledge translation is central to the effectiveness of applied health research, NLCAHR is hosting a dissemination event to discuss the results of this study on January 22 2014 at 2:00pm.  

National expert on health innovation to visit Memorial

A Research Talks public lecture featuring Dr. Anne Snowdon 

Contact

Newfoundland & Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000