CHS/O'Brien Institute Seminar Series

Presented by the O'Brien Institute for Public Health (O'Brien Institute) in conjunction with the Department of Community Health Sciences (CHS)
Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary

Seminar Information


Seminar Details

All seminars are held Fridays, from 12:00 - 12:50 PM. In alignment with the Cumming School of Medicine's COVID-19 transmission mitigation strategy, we have also revised our O'Brien/CHS Friday Seminar Series to a remote-only format for the time being. Please monitor your emails regarding changes to the seminar schedule.

External Viewing

Seminars can be attended online (see weekly seminar posters for the specific link and instructions). 

Each session is also archived for later viewing by following the links below for each seminar.

Grant Strategy Panel Seminars

Included within the seminar series is a returning panel dedicated to research grant strategies.

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Upcoming and Past Seminars

Please note: Presenters and titles of upcoming seminars are subject to change.

April 3, 2020 - Seminar Cancelled 

April 10, 2020 - No Seminar in lieu of Long Weekend

April 17, 2020 - Intersectionality Research 
Presenter: Pallavi Banerjee

April 24, 2020 - The Surprising Attenuation of the Odds Ratio
Presenter: Gordon Fick
More information to come

May 1, 2020 
Presenter: Meghan McDonough 
Topic TBA

May 8, 2020 
Presenters: Dr. Ashok Krishnamurthy & Javad Koohsari
Topic TBA

May 15, 2020 - No Seminar, Long Weekend

May 22, 2020 
Presenter & Topic TBA

May 29, 2020 - Research 2 Social Action for Vulnerable Families: Advancing Social Change with ‘True’ Community Engaged Research and Partnership
Presenters: Meaghan Edwards & Katrina Milaney
More information to come

June 5, 2020
Presenter: Paul Ronksley
Topic TBA

Past Seminars

September 6, 2019 - Valuation in Health Economics: Reflections of a UK Health Economist…and Patient
Presenter: Dr. Mandy Ryan
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September 13, 2019 - Perspectives on a community-based tooth decay prevention program for families subjected to domestic abuse.
Presenters: Cynthia Weijs & Kirsten Marsh
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September 20, 2019 - A Healthy Alberta through Healthier Public Policies: The Alberta Public Health Association’s Federal Election 2019 Strategy and Primer
Presenters: Angeline Webb, Lindsay McLaren, Pablo Fernandez, Jia Hu, Franco Rizzuti & Richard Musto
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September 27, 2019 - Dog politics and One Health promotion – rabies preparedness, free-roaming dogs and community wellbeing in remote northern Australia
Presenter: Chris Degeling
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October 4, 2019 - No patient left behind: the importance of accessible patient advocacy services
Presenters: Zach Hong and Farwa Naqvi
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October 11, 2019 - No Seminar in lieu of the Long Weekend

October 18, 2019 - Policy Matters: Assessing the Continuum of Care for Youth with Disabilities and their Families
Presenter: Jennifer Zwicker
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October 25, 2019 - Mobilizing a Community of Practice for Newcomers’ Health and Wellness: Bringing Together Academia, Practice, Policy, and Grassroots Community
Presenter: Dr. Turin Tanvir Chowdhury
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Due to technical issues the seminar cannot be posted.

November 1, 2019 - Alberta's Strategic Clinical Networks – Creating synergy with Academic Researchers
Presenter: Braden Manns 
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November 8, 2019 - The Clients with Diabetes Action Committee: A community-based participatory research project using concept mapping and photovoice
Presenters: Dave Campbell & Matt Larsen
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November 15, 2019 - No seminar, Term Break

November 22, 2019 - Nike, Uber, & UME?: Using design thinking to re-imagine undergraduate medical education
Presenter: Rahim Kachra
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November 29, 2019 - Beyond Housing: Documentary Filmmaking with Formerly Homeless Older Adults
Presenter: Christine Walsh
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December 6, 2019 - Climate Health: The medical professional’s role in the world’s crisis
Presenter: Joe Vipond
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December 13, 2019 - Integrative Bayesian statistical approaches and application to omics cancer data
Presenter: Thierry Chekouo Tekougang 
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December 20, 2019 - January 3, 2020 - No Seminars, Holiday Break 

January 10, 2020 - Today's seminar cancelled.

January 17, 2020 - How do we know the influenza vaccine works?
Presenters: James Dickinson  & Yvonne Efegoma
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January 24, 2020 - Connect 2 Care: A novel community outreach program for socially vulnerable patients with complex needs
Presenters: Kerry McBrien, Gabriel Fabreau & Anne McGregor
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January 31, 2020 - Tracking Your Research Impact over Time
Presenter: Diane Lorenzetti
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February 7, 2020 - Inter-disciplinary Simulations: Engaging learner perspectives in non-traditional simulations
Presenter: Joanna Rankin

February 21 - Candidate for Scientific Director: Deborah Marshall
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February 28 - Candidate for Scientific Director: H. Thomas Stelfox 
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March 6, 2020 - Making hard conversations easier – Implementation of the Serious Illness Care Program in acute care
Presenter: Jessica Simon
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March 13, 2020 - Incorporating Equity Considerations in Health Technology Assessment and Policy Decision Making
Presenter: Eldon Spackman
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March 20, 2020  - Seminar Cancelled 

March 27, 2020 Please note we will not have a CHS & O'Brien seminar on this date. Instead we invite you to join the COVID-19: Anatomy of a Pandemic Digital Forum. More information here.

 

September 7, 2018 - Population Informatics: Applying Data Science to Big Data about People to Advance Population Health
Presenter: Hye Chung Kum
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September 14, 2018 - Reflections on receiving the O’Brien Societal Impact Award: Team work for capacity building locally and globally
Presenter: Jennifer Hatfield
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September 21, 2018 – Peter Coyle Place: A case study of an innovative approach to housing older adults with high and complex health and social needs
Presenter: Lara Nixon 
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September 28, 2018 - The Boundaries of Public Health: implications for research, training, practice and policy
Presenters: Bill Ghali (Moderator), Lindsay McLaren & Jason Cabaj (Panelists) 
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October 5, 2018 - No Seminar in lieu of the Long Weekend 

October 12, 2018 - Precision and economics in medical education
Presenter: Rachel Ellaway 
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October 19, 2018 - Rethinking Front Line Care for Chronic Back Pain: Addressing Access Challenges through Teams and Technology
Presenter: Dr. Brenna Bath
Room Change: this seminar will take place in the Rose / Nightingale Room, TRW Building - 3280 Hospital Dr. NW
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October 26, 2018 - Bibliometrics: Responsible use in an age of Big Data
Presenter: Jenny Godley
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November 2, 2018 - The Economics of Health Inequality in the English NHS
Presenter: Dr. Miqdad Asaria
Room Change: this seminar will take place in Clara Christie, HSC 
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Due to technical issues, the recording has failed and will not be posted. 
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November 9, 2018 - No Seminar in lieu of the Long Weekend 

November 16, 2018 - Calibrate, Good Times - Come on! A Tutorial on Developing and Assessing Clinical Prediction Models with Applied Examples
Presenters: Darren Brenner & Devon Boyne 
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November 23, 2018 - Connect Care from a Data and Analytics Perspective
Presenter: Dr. Stafford Dean 
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November 30, 2018 - No Seminar as we are hosting the Gairdner Symposium 

December 7, 2018 - Photo-based evaluation of a gender-transformative health promotion program for adolescent boys
Presenter: Deinera Exner-Cortens 
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December 14, 2018 - Analysis with Misclassified Covariates in the Absence or Presence of Missingness
Presenter: Dr Hua Shen
View poster.This seminar was not recorded at the request of the speaker.

December 21, 2018 – January 4, 2019: No seminars in lieu of Holiday Break

January 11, 2019 - Ethics in GIS
Presenter: Natalie Ludlow
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January 18, 2019 - Because it’s 2019: Gender, Equity & Quality in Health Care
Presenter: Dr. Doreen Rabi
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January 25, 2019 - You better be as stressed as I am: Working men’s mental health amidst workplace expectations for busyness
Presenter: Dr. Bonnie Lashewicz 
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February 1, 2019 -  Work after cancer – the value and the costs
Presenter: Alison Pearce
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February 8, 2019 - Equitable medicine innovation and medicine access
Presenter: Dr. Reed Beall
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February 15, 2019 - No Seminar in lieu of the Long Weekend

February 22, 2019 - Patients, Clinicians and Researchers Working Together to Improve Cardiovascular Health
Presenter: Maria Jose Santana

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March 1, 2019 - Helping Coder’s Get More out of the World Health Organization’s ICD-11 through Human Factors and Education
Presenters: Nishan Sharma & Greg Hallihan
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March 8, 2019 - Test of cure: Use of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) testing to optimize cervical cancer screening clinical pathway post-treatment
Presenters: Karen Kopciuk & Gordon Kliewer 
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March 15, 2019 - Policy Transformations in Health Care: How and When Some Systems Change and Others Don’t
Presenter: Carolyn Hughes Tuohy
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March 22, 2019 - The Logarithmic Link : A Viable Option When Modelling Health Outcomes
Presenter: Gordon Fick
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March 29, 2019 - Urban Design, Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, & Public Health – New Insights Using Space Syntax
Presenter: Dr. Javad Koohsari
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At the request of the speaker, this seminar will not be recorded. 

April 5, 2019 – Sex and Gender-Based Medicine in Health Care: Proper Care or Propaganda?
Presenter: Sofia Ahmed
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At the request of the speaker, this seminar will not be recorded. 

April 12, 2019 - No Seminar in lieu of the All-Party Candidate Forum
More info: 
https://allpartycandidateforum.eventbrite.ca

April 19, 2019 - No Seminar in lieu of the Long Weekend 

April 26, 2019 - mHealth, Artificial Intelligence, and Aging-in-place: Why this Combination Makes a Lot of Sense
Presenter: Dr. Joon Lee
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May 3, 2019 - Healing the Whole Human Being: Promoting Indigenous Community-Based Approaches to Address the Opioids Crisis
Presenters: Rita Isabel Henderson, William Wadsworth & Bonnie Healy
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May 10, 2019 - Insulin and its Discontents: A Global view of the healthcare ecosystem with regard to insulin
Presenter: Warren Kaplan 
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May 17, 2019 - No Seminar in lieu of the Long Weekend 

May 24, 2019 - Measuring Agreement between Measurements
Presenter: Martin Bland
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June 7, 2019 - Grant Strategy Panel: Stories of perseverance in submitting funding applications
Presenters: William Ghali, Christine Friedenreich, Gil Kaplan, Deborah Marshall, Rebecca Haines-Saah & Mary Brindle
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June 14, 2019 - Health promotion in urban environments: Two perspectives from Alberta
Presenters: Vikram Nichani & Morgan Mouton
This seminar was not recorded at the request of the speaker.
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June 21, 2019 - Linked health data: New research opportunities for health information
Presenter: Gisèle Carrière 
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09/08/2017 - Mindfulness - Lost in Translation? From efficacy to effectiveness, economics, implementation and dissemination in the science of mindfulness based interventions
Presenter: Graham Meadows 
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09/15/2017 - The Social Life of Emergency: Emerging Anthropologies of Public Health Crises  
Presenter: Darryl Stellmach 
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Anthropology in public health emergencies: what is anthropology good for?, published in the BMJ Global Health journal

09/22/2017 - Tools & Hands: Researching technology and policy to assist the informal networks caring for Canada’s elderly 
Presenter: Myles Leslie 
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09/29/2017 - Modelling the Health Care System: A Policy Decision Support Aid
Presenter: Michael Carter 
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10/06/2017 - Generation Healthy: Empowering Communities
Presenter: Tracy Martin & Dwayne Sheehan 
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10/13/2017 - Qualitative research: Commonalities, contrasts and complementarities
Presenters: Rebecca Haines-Saah, Anne Hughson, Melanie Rock and Bonnie Lashewicz, facilitating
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10/20/2017 - Research Impact Assessment in a Nutshell
Presenters: Maxi Miciak, Rosmin Esmail & Jenny Godley 
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10/27/2017 - High-selenium Lentils: A Nutritional (Whole Food) Trial to Combat Arsenic Poisoning in a Rural Bangladeshi Community
Presenters: Regina Krohn & Judit Smits
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11/03/2017 - Population Health -- Beyond Social Determinants of Health
Presenter: Norma Padron
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This session was not recorded at the discretion of the presenter.

11/10/2017 - No Seminar in lieu of the Remembrance Day Long Weekend. Lest we forget.

11/17/2017 - Welcome to Parenthood© - Alberta: Combining neuroscience and mentorship to improve maternal mental health
Presenters: Karen Benzies 
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This session was not recorded at the discretion of the presenter.

11/24/2017 - Battling the Opioid Crisis through an Indigenous Lens
Presenter: Esther Tailfeathers
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12/01/2017 - Modelling Air Quality in Calgary Using Land Use Regression
Presenter: Isabelle Couloigner
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This session will not be recorded at the discretion of the presenter.

12/08/2017 - Research in Progress Showcase
Presenters: Dana Olstad, Meaghan Edwards and Deirdre McCaughey
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12/15/2017 - Pulling Together: How Population, Public and Indigenous Health (PPIH) is transforming to support the new AHS vision 
Presenter: Laura McDougall
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12/22/2017 - NO SEMINAR - Last Day before the Holiday Break

12/29/2017 - NO SEMINAR - University Closed, Holiday Break

01/05/2018 - NO SEMINAR 

01/12/2018 - Linking best evidence and patient preferences to inform treatment guidelines for rheumatoid arthritis 
Presenter: Glen Hazlewood, O'Brien Institute's Early Career Award Winner
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01/19/2017 - UCalgary Newcomer Research Network: collaborating on scholarly activities that address the needs of newcomers 
Presenters: Newcomer Research Network Panel - Dr. Christine Walsh, Dr. Suzanne Goopy, Dr. Xu Zhao, and Dr. Turin Chowdhury
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01/26/2018 - An Anthropological Consideration of Mental Health Among Mothers in Rural Nicaragua
Presenter: Warren Wilson
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02/02/2018 - “Alexa, how do I improve the value of preference-sensitive surgical care?”
Presenter: Trafford Crump
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02/09/2018 - Re-Engineering Transitions of Patient Care: A Case Study of Critically Ill Patients
Presenter: Tom Stelfox
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This session was not recorded at the discretion of the presenter.

02/16/2018 - NO SEMINAR in Lieu of the Family Day Long Weekend

02/23/2018 - What Can the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) Do for You?
Presenters: Dr. David B. Hogan, Ann Toohey and Raynell McDonough
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03/02/2018 - Children safety around schools and parks as pedestrians: what to worry (or not) about!
Presenter: Marie-Soleil Cloutie
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03/09/2018 - Targeting low-value care: moving to action
Presenter: Fiona Clement
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03/15/2018 - Alberta’s Tomorrow Project: Health Data to Support Your Research
Presenter: Jennifer Vena, Scientific Director, Alberta's Tomorrow Project
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03/16/2018 - GIS & EMS – Utilizing Geospatial Data for EMS Response & Planning
Presenter: Tyler Selby
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This session was not recorded at the discretion of the presenter.

03/23/2018 - Patient preferences and simulation modeling to improve care of patients and health system performance
Presenter: Deborah Marshall
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03/30/2018 - NO SEMINAR - Good Friday

04/06/2018 - Microdynamics of implementing change on organizations’ frontline
Presenter: Jo-Louise Huq
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04/13/2018 - Community-Based Assessment and Prevention of Tooth Decay for Children Experiencing Domestic Violence
Presenter: Cynthia Weijs RDH PhD
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04/20/2018 - Controlling dogs in a multicultural and (post)colonial public space: Complexities, challenges and sensitivities in Iqaluit, Nunavut
Presenter: Francis Lévesque
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04/27/2018 - Towards Better Surgical Outcomes through Improved Decision Making about Appropriateness for Total Knee Arthroplasty in Patients with Knee Osteoarthritis

Presenter: Deborah Marshall
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05/04/2018 - Does policy matter? Improving food environments in recreation and sport facilities
Presenter: Dana Olstad
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05/11/2018 - The wait is part of the treatment
Presenter: Diane Bischak
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05/18/2018 - NO SEMINAR - May Long Weekend

05/25/2018 - Ask me anything: In conversation with qualitative researchers
Presenters: Jennifer Hatfield,Jocelyn Lockyer & Bonnie Lashewicz 
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05/31/2018 - The current state of the research on Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and HPV vaccines
Presenter: Robert Bednarczyk, Emory University
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