The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) hosted the 12th Annual Research Showcase this past November in Regina. The event aims to increase awareness and recognition of research within the health system occurring in the province of Saskatchewan.
From left: Felecia Watson, Executive Director of Patient and Client Experience; Susan Luhning, Patient Family Advisor; Chris Ripplinger, medical student and one of the winners of the summer student research awards of excellence; Dr. Gill White, Associate Dean, College of Medicine, Regina Campus; and Adrienne Hagen Lyster, Director, Academic Health Sciences.
The SHA is a learning health system, one that is committed to advancing research capacity with the goal of generating knowledge to improve models of care. Research helps establish the SHA as an organization that focuses on ensuring our patients, clients, residents and communities receive the best possible health care.
“This annual event is an excellent example of the rewarding partnership between the SHA and the universities,” said Dr. Brandace Winquist, Executive Director of Academics and Learning who brought greetings at the event on behalf of the SHA. “Through these relationships, Regina has become a leading Academic Health Sciences Centre that excels in delivering clinical education in an interprofessional learning environment. As we know, academic excellence and clinical excellence go hand-in-hand, and research is foundational to both. “
Dr. Christine Lett receiving the award of excellence from Dr. Brandy Winquist, Director, Academics and Learning, for her research on iron deficiency in pregnancy.
Research presented at the event has been driven by Saskatchewan-based researchers with knowledge of the needs of Saskatchewan. This in turn contributes to more effective practical application of research into our local health system.
The event featured 52 abstracts from researchers with topics ranging from pediatrics, to aboriginal health, nephrology, rehabilitation, and beyond. Approximately half of the projects were submitted by students with the other half coming from health care providers and scientists.
Poster viewing was followed by a panel discussion entitled “Fake News - The Challenge is Real: How can we help patients find the facts?” with family physician Dr. Megan Clark, Professor of Political and International Studies at the University of Regina Dr. Tom McIntosh, patient advisor Roy Van Dusen, and researcher and former reporter Pamela Cowan.
Dr. Elan Paluck, Director, Research for the SHA
In addition to the panel discussion, Noreen Reed, Nurse Manager from the Ahtahkakoop Health Centre, shared her experiences with building partnerships to help improve health-care outcomes for Indigenous people. Consultant Nephrologist, Dr. Bhanu Prasad shared preliminary results of his research that questioned if the right patients were benefiting from the Multidisciplinary Chronic Kidney Disease Clinic, and Cardiologist Dr. Payam Dehghanip presented on the value of social media for researchers.
The event concluded with an awards ceremony. Awards were given out to recipients listed below:
Saskatchewan Health Authority Patient Impact Award – for the student-led project that demonstrated the greatest potential to make a difference in the lives of patients and/or the health system: Chris Ripplinger (supervised by Dr. Dakshina Murthy); The Role of a Heart Function Clinic in Multidisciplinary Management of Patients with Heart Failure
Saskatchewan Health Authority Awards of Excellence – awarded to the two highest rated research projects conducted by SHA clinicians or staff:
Dr. Kirsti Ziola, Dr. Erwin Karreman, Dr. Christine Lett; Iron Deficiency in Pregnancy: A Commonly
Dr. Nerusha Selvendrarajah, Dr. Erwin Karreman, Dr. Senthil Damodharan: A Study to Explore the Clinical Usefulness of the Interpersonal-Psychological Theory and its Construct in a Routine Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Practice
A variety of student awards were also presented – please click
here to see the full list.
Funding for this event is made possible through the SHA Research Unit, the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation’s Research Connections Grant, and the College of Medicine (University of Saskatchewan).