Work in Progress (WiP) Seminar Series
Our WiP seminars resume on September 10 at 12:00 PM in St. Paul’s Hospital’s Hurlburt Auditorium.
Save the Date: PHC Research Challenge
Winners of the 2013 PHC Practice-Based Research Challenge will present their project findings, or work-in-progress findings, on October 16 from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM in St. Paul’s Hospital’s Hurlburt Auditorium. This event is a public forum for PHC staff and leadership.
Funding Opportunity – Research Fellowship
The Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF) and the BC Centre for Improved Cardiovascular Health (ICVHealth) are accepting applications for their Robert Hayden Research Fellowship.The award recognizes and promotes cardiovascular outcomes research aimed at improving cardiovascular care in British Columbia. Applications are due October 1. For more information, please visit the HSF website.
Canadian Cardiovascular Congress
This year’s Canadian Cardiovascular Congress (CCC) will be held in Vancouver from October 25–28. Visit the CCC website to view the preliminary programme.
Slow Recovery for Adults with Eating Disorders
Under the mentorship of CHÉOS Scientist Dr. Josie Geller, a team of St. Paul’s dietitians will undertake a research project among adults with eating disorders, and explore why they have difficulty reaching full recovery. The team is 1 out of 13 teams that received funding in this year’s PHC Practice-Based Research Challenge. Read about the project at Providence Health Care.
From Left to Right: Nicole O’Byrne, Kosa Matic, Josie Geller and Ali Eberhardt. (Photo by Maude Henri-Bhargava)
Results of the CIHR March Operating Grant Competition
Several CHÉOS Scientists were successful in securing funding in the CIHR March 2014 Operating Grant Competition. Congratulations to all! Read about their projects here.
Preclinical Development of a Glucose-Free Peritoneal Dialysis Solution
CHÉOS Scientist Dr. Adeera Levin is a Co-Investigator on a one-year study that will explore the use of a glucose substitute for peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients. Glucose (sugar) is the main molecule that removes water through the peritoneal membrane in individuals on PD; however, it can have negative effects, including scarring of the peritoneal lining or leading to or hindering the control of diabetes. The multidisciplinary research team, led by Principal Investigators Drs. Jayachandran Kizhakkedathu, Caigan Du and Richard T. Liggins, developed a substitute for glucose and is taking the next step by testing its safety and efficacy.
High Costs of Living Kidney Donation Impacts Donation Rates
CHÉOS Scientist Dr. Jagbir Gill was recently interviewed by science blog Science 2.0 about his study on the decline in kidney donations in the United States.
Dr. Gill, along with CHÉOS Scientist Dr. John Gill and colleagues, found that lower income populations had consistently lower rates of living kidney donation compared to higher income populations. After examining trends in living donation as a function of median household income and donor relation, researchers found that donation rates increased between 1999 and 2004, and declined between 2005 and 2010.
The findings suggest that the decline in living donor transplantation can be attributed to the high costs of living donation, which can include travel, lodging, care and lost wages.