Examining Canadian Student Smoking Behaviours

The project is to examine the determinants of e-cigarette, tobacco and marijuana use among Canadian students. Specifically, we intend to determine what are the major risk factors associated with e-cigarette, tobacco and marijuana use, and to identify strategies that can be used to help address these issues. Statistical analysis will be conducted to measure the relationship between the risk factors and outcome (e-cigarette, tobacco and marijuana use).

Development of an infrastructure for AAL technology data exchange to inform policy and governance guidelines

The UbiLab and the CSA Group are collaborating on the development of a roadmap for a data integration infrastructure that will enable Ambient Assisted Living technology to share data at a wider scale. The current technology landscape has resulted in manufacturers of Internet of Things and Ambient Assisted Living technologies generating siloed data that provide limited benefits and insights to the final users.

The health effects of separation on transnational families: A multi-country study of temporary farm workers in Canada and their families in Mexico

With increasing rates of economic and forced migration globally, there is a great need to deepen our understanding of the relationship between health and family separation due to migration. Under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program, farm workers from Mexico are hired to work in Canada for up to eight months a year. From a social determinants of health perspective, the precarious work and migratory conditions paired with the cyclical and long-term separation of families, increases the risk of workers and their families for mental, physical and emotional health problems.

Advancing Data Science Research for Social Good

Due to rapid development of technology, such as the Internet of Things, collecting data is easier and cheaper than ever before. As a result, municipal governments and urban centres across Canada are being inundated with data—data that have potential to improve public service. Despite this, local governments do not have enough data expertise to extract insight from these overwhelming datasets, which are often unstructured and “dirty” (i.e., incomplete, inaccurate, and/or erroneous).

From the ParticipACTION Physical Activity Report Card to the Global Matrix 3.0: Impact Evaluation and Strategy Development

Internationally, physical activity levels among children and youth are declining, while sedentary behaviours are increasing, leading to the global rise in non-communicable disease. This project aims to contribute to childhood physical activity promotion in Canada and worldwide, and to the international diffusion of scientific knowledge concerning childhood physical activity though three actions: 1. the evaluation of the impact of the ParticipACTION Report Cards since 2014; 2. the optimization of the development of the Global Matrix 3.0; and, 3.

The “CARE” (Clinical Analytics for Real-World Evidence) Platform

The healthcare industry is shifting from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) care to real world data (RWD) to understand how well an intervention performs in clinical practice. The best source of RWD is source data – that is, data that are collected at the interface of the patient and the health care system.

A One-Health approach to echinococcosis (Echinococcus multilocularis) in client owned dogs in Alberta: force of infection, risk factors, diagnostics, treatments and information

This project aims to determine prevalence rates of Echinococcus species tapeworms in domestic dogs and to compare these rates to those obtained from wild canids including wolves, coyotes, and foxes. This will shed light on infection rates and risk factors for both the human population and their pet dogs. This research will benefit Bayer as they produce many pharmaceuticals that combat Echinococcus infection and believe an increased public awareness of this parasite is important for public health.

An Assessment of Local Business’ Understandings and Needs for Community Leadership in a Small Urban Setting

Community leadership development and training programs must respond to changing corporate and public perceptions. There has been a lack of research on community leadership within small urban settings, where the impact that training and development programs have may be high. Our objective is to describe how local businesses in a small urban setting understand community leadership and what needs they have with respect to training and development. We will conduct fifteen in-depth interviews with a diverse range of local business leaders in Greater Victoria, British Columbia.

The MAID Study: Microbiome and Antibiotic-Induced Dysbiosis in Children

Antibiotics are the most widely prescribed drugs in children and its frequent use presents a real danger to its ongoing effectiveness. Probiotics are bacteria that, when administered in adequate amounts, may replenish “good” bacteria depleted by antibiotics to maintain the normal bacterial composition in the gut. The aim of this study is to determine whether taking probiotics with antibiotics protects against shifts in the bacterial composition of the gut microbiota.

Leisure Access Victoria: Recreation Accessibility Website, Apps and Tools

Recreation Integration Victoria and the School of Public Health and Social Policy (at UVic.) will address critical issues around the health, fitness and social integration of persons with disabilities in the Victoria Capital Regional District (CRD). Our goal is to promote and facilitate increased fitness, physical activity and healthy living across the entire disability spectrum.

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