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Atif Kukaswadia successfully defends his PhD thesis

Atif Kukaswadia successfully defends his PhD thesis

On Friday, March 27, 2015, PhD candidate Atif Kukaswadia successfully defended his PhD thesis to the Department of Public Health Sciences.  Atif's thesis title was Acculturation and Health Experiences Among Young Immigrant Canadians. He was supervised by Drs. Will Pickett and Ian Janssen, and his examiners were Drs. Chris Ardern (School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, York University), Lucie Pelland (Rehabilitation Therapy), Audrey Kobayashi (Geography), ​Patti Groome (PHS), and Will King (PHS). Congratulations Atif. 


Nicollette Kwon successfully defends his MSc thesis

Nicollette Kwon successfully defends her MSc thesis ​

On Friday February 13, 2015, MSc candidate Nicollette Kwon successfully defended her MSc thesis to the Department of Public Health Sciences. Nicollette's thesis title was Mapping the risk of breast cancer to exposure from traffic related air pollution using land use regression in Vancouver BC. She was supervised by Drs. Harriet Richardson, Michael McIsaac and Dongmei Chen, and her examiners were Drs. Elizabeth VanDenKerkhof (School of Nursing), Will Pickett (PHS), Will King (PHS), and Paul Villeneuve (Carleton University). Nicollette has gained employment with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care as a Data Analyst. Congratulations Nicollette. 


Let's Talk: Queen's Prof Helps End the Stigma on Mental Health

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!


Teaching Award 2013-2014

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

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

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

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

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.