Three new Chairs have started in the Faculty of Health Sciences, including one in Applied Health Economics/Health Policy! Welcome to your new roles Drs Green, Rudan and ten Hove. More details here: http://www.queensu.ca/gazette/stories/new-chairs-take-their-seats?utm_so...
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCES SEMINAR SERIES WINTER 2015
DUPUIS HALL ROOM 215
1:30P.M. - 2:20P.M.
2013-2014 Teaching Award
Congratulations to Duncan Hunter who won the Public Health Sciences Teaching Award for 2013-2014. Duncan teaches Epid 803 Public Health & Policy in the Canadian System, and Epid 812 Program Evaluation in the Departments MPH Graduate Program.
HPV vaccine, riskier sexual activity not linked: Queen’s researchers
Sexual behaviour of teenage girls does not appear to be impacted by the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine, according to Queen’s researchers Drs. Leah Smith and Linda Lévesque.
There are concerns the vaccine, which guards against four types of the HPV shown to cause cervical cancer and anogenital warts, may give girls a false sense of security about contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and lead them to engage in riskier sexual activity.
“These findings suggest fears of increased risky sexual behaviour following HPV vaccination are unwarranted and should not be a barrier to vaccinating at a young age,” says Dr. Smith, the lead author on the study that was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
This study looked at a cohort of 260,493 girls, of whom about half (128,712) were eligible for Ontario’s publicly funded, school-based HPV vaccination program during the first two school years it was offered (2007-08 and 2008-09). The researchers followed the girls until March 31 of their Grade 12 year. About six per cent of girls became pregnant or contracted an STI between Grades 10 and 12, with 10,187 pregnancies and 6,259 cases of non-HPV-related sexually transmitted infections.
“Neither HPV vaccination nor program eligibility increased the risk of pregnancy nor non-HPV-related STIs among females aged 14-17 years,” says Dr. Lévesque, the senior author of the study. “The results of this study can be used by physicians, public-health providers and policy-makers to address public and parental concerns about HPV vaccination and promiscuity.”
Since 2006, the HPV vaccine has been licensed in almost 100 countries, including Canada. Many of these countries have national HPV vaccination programs to protect young girls against the virus before they become sexually active.
Read the full story here.
By Anne Craig, Communications Officer
Public Health Sciences hold their own 3 minute research competition
Last week, Rebecca Yeung (MPH student) coordinated a three minute research competition for the department. Graduate students, Post-Docs and faculty in the department were invited to test their skills at explaining their research to each other. Based on the 3 Minute Thesis competition (which we will be holding again in March 2015), this was a great example of a group getting together to have some fun and share what research is going on within their own department.
Valerie Michaelson, a post-doc won first place for the People's Choice Award. They also had 3 faculty members and 6 graduate students present.
Fall Convocation 2014
On December 19, 2014 the Department of Public Health Sciences held a Convocation Reception for recent MSc in Epidemiology and MSc specializing in Biostatistics graduates. Department Head, Will Pickett, noted: "I am very proud of our graduates, who all are a credit to the Department. Congratulations on this important accomplishment".
The MSc in Epidemiology graduates were (below) Erin Arthurs, Christine Collier, Yvonne DeWit, Maya Djerboua, Lidija Latifovic, Michelle McMillan, Rachel McMillan, Shari Thomas and Heather Worthington. The MSc specializing in Biostatistics graduate was Li Liu.
Howard An successfully defends his MSc thesis
Dr. Michael Green appointed as holder of the Clinical Teachers’ Association of Queen’s Chair in Applied Health Economics/Health Policy
Richard Reznick is pleased to announce that Alan Harrison, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) at Queen’s University has appointed Michael Green as holder of the Clinical Teachers’ Association of Queen’s Chair in Applied Health Economics/Health Policy as of November 1, 2014.
Dr. Green completed his undergraduate medical training at the University of British Columbia in 1993 and his residency in family medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1995. Following eight years of active practice as a family physician at the Weeneebayko Hospital in Moose Factory, Ontario, including two years as Head of Family Medicine and four years as Chief of Staff, he completed a Masters in Public Health with a focus on health policy and management at the John's Hopkins School of Public Health in 2002. Dr. Green was appointed as an Adjunct member of faculty at Queen’s in 1995 and, in 2003, he was appointed to a full-time position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2009 and granted tenure in 2014. He also holds a cross-appointment in the Department of Public Health Sciences. Dr. Green has been a core faculty member with the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research (CHSPR) as well as a member of the Centre of Studies in Primary Care (CSPC) since 2003. Since 2009, he has been Associate Director of Research for the Department of Family Medicine and for CSPC and an Adjunct Scientist with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. Dr. Green currently serves as Director of the CHSPR.
An active educator, Dr. Green has coordinated and taught courses in family medicine to medical students and residents and he has lectured to graduate students at the Queen’s School of Policy Studies and Department of Public Health Sciences. He supervised the scholarly work of five graduate students and fifteen residents.
Since 2003, Dr. Green has served as a consultant for both the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and Health Canada and he was a member of the Ontario Expert Panel on Wait Times in Primary Care.
Dr. Green’s research spans a broad range of health services and policy research areas with an emphasis on primary care, quality of care and patient safety, equity in health, and aboriginal health. He has published 25 papers and has delivered more than 150 lectures and presentations across Canada and internationally.
Ian Janssen presents to the Senate Committee
On Wednesday, October 29, 2014 Ian Janssen spoke to the Senate committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology. The committee is conducting a study on the increasing incidence of obesity in Canada: causes, consequences and the way forward. Ian was invited to attend as an expert witness and to report and answer questions on the increasing prevalence of obesity, causes of obesity and approaches government can use to address obesity.