Breaking the silence
Published on Queen's Gazette website, Monday, June 29, 2015
Bell Let’s Talk and Queen’s University hosted the third annual Breaking the Silence lecture on June 25 at the Neptune Theatre in Halifax. The event aimed to raise awareness about mental health and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.
This year’s lecture featured Heather Stuart, the Bell Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair in the Faculty of Health Sciences, and Marthe Bernard, best known for her role on CBC’s Republic of Doyle. Entertainer Mary Walsh served as the master of ceremonies for the event.
The Bell Mental Health and
PhD in Epidemiology student makes the most of Mitacs Global Link opportunity
Afshin Vafaei’s (PhD in epidemiology candidate) research question is a seemingly simple one: Are ‘levels of social cohesion and the quality of interpersonal relationships’ determinants of injury. Afshin is examining the relationship between two vulnerable populations: adolescents and older adults.
While completing his PhD research, under the supervision of Drs. Beatriz Alvarado and Will Pickett, Afshin has always believed that “despite the universality of epidemiological methods and analytic approaches, the interpretation of impacts of socially constructed exposures can be very complex and vary across different cultures”. When Dr. Alvarado informed Afshin of the Mitacs Globallink opportunity he jumped at the chance to travel to Brazil to enhance his understanding of the aging processes from an international perspective.
The Mitacs Globalink Research Award provides the opportunity for faculty at Canadian universities to strengthen existing international research collaborations and connect with colleagues around the world through the mobility of senior undergraduate and graduate students. Student recipients of the Globallink Research Award will develop research skills, cultural fluency and professional network, becoming part of Canada’s generation of global innovators.
Under the guidance of Dr. Guerra, a Professor in the Department of Physiotherapy at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN) Natal, Brazil, Afshin was able to learn how international researchers look at the aging-related mobility issues. The comments Afshin received from the UFRN faculty were valuable and will be used in the discussion section of his dissertation. During his visit Afshin was also invited to teach a crash course on health research methodology. During his stay in Brazil, Afshin also took part in the 7th Congress of Latin American and Caribbean Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology in Belem.
Jonathan Kwong successfully defends his MSc thesis
MSc candidate carries out fieldwork in Kilimanjaro
Erica Erwin (MSc ’16) is working on her Master fieldwork in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania. Her research focus uses mobile health (mHealth) strategies to increase uptake of cervical cancer screening in low resource settings.
Erica is conducting a pilot study on behaviour-change research that uses educational messages and travel vouchers (both delivered via text message) to increase screening uptake. This is building on the work of two of the Department’s former MSc students, Emily Skastins and Melissa Cunningham, who previously studied the barriers to cervical cancer screening and HPV vaccines in the region. The pilot study is being run under the supervision of Dr. Karen Yeates and Dr. Kristan Aronson. It builds an innovative and effective method of screening for cervical cancer developed by Dr. Yeates requiring a trained non-physician healthcare worker, a mobile phone camera and text messaging.
As well as conducting her research, Erica has already camped at a lake situated in a crater, and in the very near future, she plans to visit coffee plantations and waterfalls in the surrounding area and to set out on a safari. She will also have the opportunity to participate in a medical caravan providing health services to remote locations.
Department of Public Health Sciences thanks Empire Life
Department represented at the 22nd International Symposium on Shiftwork and Working Time in Denmark
MSc candidate Jill Korsiak and her supervisor Kristan Aronson recently attended the 22nd International Symposium on Shiftwork and Working Time in the city Elsinore, which is approximately 30 kilometers north of Copenhagen, Denmark.
The scope of the symposium was to address challenges and solutions for healthy working hours. The symposium embraced the organization of optimal designs of working schedules considering biological mechanisms that compromise health such as restitution and sleep as well as personal preferences for social life.
A new research project that will take a closer look at diabetes within Ontario’s First Nations peoples and help develop new programs and policies has received funding that will allow it to move ahead.
The project, led by Mike Green, an associate professor in the departments of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences at Queen’s University, is the recipient of a $770,000 IMPACT Award from the Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit (OSSU).
Joy Shi successfully defends her MSc thesis
Public Health Sciences students attend the Eighteenth Annual Scientific Meeting for Health Science Research Day
The Department of Public Health Sciences was well represented at the Eighteenth Annual Meeting for Health Sciences Research Trainees on Wednesday, June 10, 2015. This all-day meeting provided a forum for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research project students, medical students, and clinical residents of the Faculty of Health Sciences and related Schools/Faculties at Queen's University to discuss their recent research findings.