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HPV vaccine, riskier sexual activity not linked: Queen’s researchers

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.

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By Anne Craig, Communications Officer

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Public Health Sciences hold their own 3 minute research competition

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.

 

 

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Fall Convocation 2014

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.

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Howard An successfully defends his MSc thesis

Howard An successfully defends his MSc thesis ​


On Tuesday November 25, 2014, MSc candidate Howard An successfully defended his MSc thesis to the Department of Public Health Sciences.  Howard's thesis title was A population-based study on the use of radiation therapy versus surveillance in early stage seminoma in Ontario. He was supervised by Drs. William Mackillop and Paul Peng, and his examiners were Drs. Robert Ross (School of Kinesiology and Health Studies), Will Pickett (PHS), Christopher Booth (PHS), and Michael Brundage (PHS). Congratulations Howard.

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Dr. Michael Green appointed as holder of the Clinical Teachers’ Association of Queen’s Chair in Applied Health Economics/Health Policy

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.

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Ian Janssen presents to the Senate Committee

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.

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Alex Phillips successfully defends her MSc thesis

Alex Phillips successfully defends her MSc thesis


On Tuesday October 28, 2014, MSc candidate Alex Phillips successfully defended her MSc thesis to the Department of Public Health Sciences.  Alex's thesis title was Intimacy of contact with people with emotional or mental health problems and expectation of negative public attitudes towards people with depression. She was supervised by Dr. Heather Stuart, and her examiners were Drs. Deborah Tregunno (School of Nursing), Linda Levesque (PHS), Virginie Cobigo (PHS), and Paul Peng (PHS). Congratulations Alex.

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Christopher Booth announced as a Canada Research Chair

Christopher Booth announced as a Canada Research Chair 


Christopher Booth (Oncology) has been named the Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Population Cancer Care. Dr. Booth is a medical oncologist with Kingston General Hospital, a clinician-scientist at the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario and an associate professor at Queen’s. The focus of Dr. Booth’s research program is to evaluate the effectiveness of new therapies in the general population and the quality of care delivered to patients in routine clinical practice.

“Being awarded the Canada Research Chair in Population Cancer Care is a tremendous honour and will make a major contribution to our research program,” says Dr. Booth. “I am fortunate at Queen’s to work within the Division of Cancer Care and Epidemiology, which is a world-class research unit dedicated to the study of cancer care and outcomes in the ‘real world.’”

By Rosie Hales, Communications Officer

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Maya Djerboua successfully defends her MSc thesis

 

On Friday October 10, 2014, MSc candidate Maya Djerboua successfully defended her MSc thesis to the Department of Public Health Sciences.  Maya's thesis title was Physical fighting and fighting-related injuries among Canadian adolescents: A demographic analysis and assessment of the effects of family affluence. She was supervised by Drs. Colleen Davison and Bingshu Chen, and her examiners were Drs. Deborah Tregunno (School of Nursing), Wendy Craig (Psychology), Duncan Hunter (PHS), and Keyue Ding (PHS). Congratulations Maya.

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Heather Worthington successfully defends her MSc thesis

On Friday October 3, 2014, MSc candidate Heather Worthington successfully defended her MSc thesis to the Department of Public Health Sciences.  Heather's thesis title was Hospital Post-Cardiac Arrest Patient Volume and Key Feature of Post-Cardiac Arrest Care. She was supervised by Drs. Steve Brooks and Will Pickett, and her examiners were Drs. Joan Almost (School of Nursing), Diane Lougheed (Medicine), Michael Green (PHS), and Paul Peng (PHS). Heather has gained employment with UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research as a Research Coordinator. Congratulations Heather.

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