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Research with Impact Series 2021

The University of Regina's Research with Impact Series has a new lineup of engaging speakers and topics for Spring/Summer 2021! These presentations are FREE and OPEN to all, but attendees must register in advance to receive the Zoom link to participate. Please note, your registration is valid for all five dates. You do not need to register for each presentation separately.

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August 17: The Future of Public Health: Citizen Science and Social Innovation with Dr. Tarun Katapally

In this lecture, Dr. Tarun Katapally will speak about the importance of equity in the area of digital health. More importantly, he will address how digital health can potentially promote equity. Dr. Katapally will explore the concepts of citizen science in public health, social innovation for health promotion, and data sovereignty in the age of digital health.

Dr. Tarun KatapallyDr. Tarun Katapally is a physician and a patient-oriented research leader. After obtaining clinical experience in India and the United Kingdom, Dr. Katapally went on to diversify his career towards health administration and population health, which culminated in a PhD in population health science from the college of medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. He established the Digital Epidemiology and Population Health Laboratory (DEPtH Lab) in 2017 to conceptualize virtual care and precision medicine applications. His team operationalizes this cutting-edge applied research using the Smart Platform, a big data toolkit that he developed to intersect citizen science and social innovation for digital health solutions: www.tarunkatapally.com.

Shortly after each lecture, the University of Regina Alumni Engagement Office, in partnership with the Lifelong Learning Centre, will post videos from the Research with Impact 2021 Virtual Lecture Series. Feel free to review at your leisure and share with friends!

Archived Sessions from the 2021 Series

Archived sessions from the Research With Impact 2020 series are also available.

How we say it matters: Rethinking language around substance use with Dr. Kara Fletcher

The language used when talking to or about people who use substances is often hurtful. Terminology such as “addict,” “junkie,” and “abuser” continue to be commonplace. Instead of understanding the chronic relapsing nature of substance use disorders, this language regards individuals who struggle with substance use as morally reprehensible. Using data from a study with clients and clinicians from a substance use treatment program, this presentation will highlight the impacts of language and offer recommendations for rethinking the language around substance use. (Recorded April 20, 2021)

Building Collaborations to Help Manage PTSD Among Public Safety Personnel with Dr. R. Nicholas Carleton

Public Safety Personnel are regularly exposed to potentially psychologically traumatic events as a function of their work, and recent evidence indicates nearly half may currently screen positive for one or more mental health disorders. In 2018, the Government of Canada dedicated funding to catalyze creation of evidence-based solutions through a consortium between the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research as part of a national action plan to address posttraumatic stress disorder and other posttraumatic stress injuries. This presentation provides an overview of CIPSRT activities, past, present, and future. (Recorded May 18, 2021)

Sixties Scoop Research with Dr. Raven Sinclair

Raven Sinclair is a Sixties Scoop survivor and University of Regina Professor and researcher. She has studied the Sixties Scoop and Indigenous Child Welfare in Canada for two decades, most recently with the support of a five-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Grant. Raven will discuss what the Scoop is and some of her experiences as a Cree woman raised in a white family. She will also discuss why research is important as a tool for providing evidence-based recommendations for policy and program changes to child welfare. (Recorded June 15, 2021)

The COVID-19 Pandemic: Variants of Concern and Vaccinations with Dr. Andrew Cameron

Dr. Cameron provides updates on and explanations of public health efforts to track and stop the pandemic, current vaccine technologies, and the implications of emerging viral variants for vaccine effectiveness and infection risks. He describes his lab's COVID-19 research at the U of R as they develop and deploy genomic techniques to detect viruses and bacteria in COVID-infected patients to understand the consequences of co-infection. These genomic approaches provide the whole genome sequences required for detecting and defining SARS-CoV-2 variants. Dr. Cameron's lab is adapting the techniques to sequence the genomes of novel coronaviruses from central African bats. New technologies for tracking viral diversity and evolution are important for understanding and anticipating how viral pandemics emerge. (Recorded July 20, 2021)

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