Papers and Studies

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 group. 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,

Jeanna Parson Leigh, PhD, et al (2019). Towards Gender Equity in Critical Care Medicine: A Qualitative Study of Perceived Drivers, Implications, and Strategies

A one-week curriculum on project management for public health professionals has been developed enabling participants to rapidly learn the practical skills needed to effectively lead small-scale public health project

  1. Project Management

    Projects are time-limited endeavours that produce unique outcomes distinct from an organization's day-to-day activities. Successful completion of public health projects is critical to achieving population health objectives, however, project execution is often challenging due to scarce time and resources, rapidly changing environments and complex stakeholder requirements.

    Project management is a formal methodology that addresses these challenges using a structured process for executing a series of activities. Health needs assessments, health promotion and disease prevention initiatives, environmental health risk assessments and evidence-based research agendas are just some applications that would benefit from effective planning and implementation using project management principles.

    Unfortunately, though project management has a long history of successful use in private enterprise, the methodology has not been widely embraced by public health professionals. To address the need for a focused curriculum tailored to rapid skill development in project management for public health professionals, a one-week introductory course has been developed and successfully piloted. The main learning objective for the course is to "acquire practical skills to develop a Project Management Plan to effectively and efficiently achieve a health objective".

  2. Course Outline & Downloads

    Introduction to Project Management

    • Project Management Approach
    • Project Life Cycle
    • Project Idea & Stakeholders 

    Projection Definition 

    Project Planning 

    Project Execution & Close-Out 

    Course Conclusion 

    • Team Presentations & Course Evaluation
  3. Course Materials

    Course materials are being made publicly available to encourage their dissemination and use. A qualified instructor would be required to deliver the curriculum and modification of the material may be necessary to meet local needs. Any questions or comments on the course materials can be directed to the author:

    David Sabapathy, MD, MBA, PEng
    Deputy Chief Public Health Officer
    PEI Department of Health and Wellness
    PO Box 2000
    16 Fitzroy Street
    2nd Floor Sullivan Building
    Charlottetown, PEI C1A 7N8

    * Original PowerPoint and Word documents (vs. pdf or similar) have been posted to encourage dissemination and use. Acknowledgement of the author's contribution is requested for use of the original materials and any modification of the course materials should be indicated as distinct from the author's work.

    Project Management Education for Public Health Professionals by David Sabapathy is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 Canada License.

A critical review of the literature to inform practice

Three O'Brien Institute for Public Health members were including in a critical review of the literature on the conceptualization, implementation and evaluation of inter-organizational networks.  This literature review is primarily meant to be a resource document for network practitioners - leaders, managers, participants and facilitators. 

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