Papers and studies

Selected research created on behalf of the Institute and its members

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Raising Canada

Raising Canada is a series of resources and reports created by Children First Canada and the O'Brien Institute for Public Health.

Read the 2018, 20192020, and 2021 reports. 

These resources also include an election primer and economic commentary, which makes the case for investing in children.

Alberta Public Health Association

Alberta’s public health community calls on Albertans to take the opportunity to discuss the issues that need to be addressed to make Albertans healthier. Read the O'Brien Institute/APHA provincial primer and the APHA federal election primer


Community water fluoridation 

A report created for Calgary City Council, which includes a literature review and interview process to identify key issues.

Call for participants

A repository of studies looking for participants or collaborators.


Have you been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome? You could help us unlock the mystery around exercise and its impact on the reproductive health of women who live with this hormonal disorder.

PCOS is a common clinical condition that affects roughly 15% of reproductive-age women. It has been associated with infertility, diabetes, depression, anxiety and reduced quality-of-life, but more answers are needed.

We are conducting a clinical trial that will analyze the effects of exercise on PCOS in terms of fitness, ovulation and menstrual regularity, risk factors for both diabetes and heart disease, and quality of life. This study can provide answers on how best to manage this condition.

We are looking for women between the ages of 18 and 40 who have been diagnosed with PCOS and who exercise less than 40 minutes a week. The trial is already under way and enrolment is ongoing.

Participants will be asked to track their menstrual cycles and ovulation daily using an at-home ovulation prediction kit. After three months, participants will be randomized into one of three groups: a high-intensity interval training group, a continuous aerobic exercise training group and a control (no exercise) group. Participants assigned to the control group will continue with their usual level of physical activity, while those assigned to exercise groups will train three times per week at Kinetix Gym at the University of Calgary Foothills Campus. All participants will track their activity levels daily for the last six months with a fitness watch.

Participants who complete the trial will receive a Polar A370 fitness tracker, which monitors your heart rate, activity levels and sleep patterns. Parking for all clinical and fitness assessments will be provided, as will gym memberships for those randomized to the exercise groups. Those in the control group will have the option to work out with a trainer three times at the end of the intervention to learn about high-intensity interval training and/or continuous aerobic exercise training.

  1. Eligibility

    Currently Recruiting Participants  Yes Eligible Ages  18 - 40 Eligible Gender  Female Accepts Healthy Participants  Yes
  2. Inclusion Criteria

    Women between the ages of 18 and 40 with a diagnosis of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.

  3. Exclusion Criteria

    Participants will be excluded if they have a medical condition or are taking medication that may interfere with ovulation. They must be able to participate in regular exercise training.

  4. Participate


    Dr. Jamie Benham, MD FRCPC Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism (403) 955-8325,

Members' studies

A selection of research and papers created by the Institute's membership. 

Towards Gender Equity in Critical Care Medicine: A Qualitative Study of Perceived Drivers, Implications, and Strategies 

Dr. Jeanna Parson Leigh, PhD, Chloe de Grood, Dr. Sofia B. Ahmed, MD, Dr. Ania C. Ulrich, PhD, Dr. Kirsten M. Fiest, PhD, Dr. Sharon E. Straus, MD, Dr. Henry T. Stelfox, MD. 

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