Atif Kukaswadia successfully defends his PhD thesis
Department of Public Health Sciences Professor Dr. Heather Stuart is the Bell Canada Mental Health and Anti-stigma Research Chair.
Dr. Stuart's five basic anti-stigma mental health tips have shaped the current Bell Let's Talk ad campaign.
Today is Let's Talk Day! http://letstalk.bell.ca/en/end-the-stigma/
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...
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.
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.
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By Anne Craig, Communications Officer
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.
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.