HEI throws the spotlight on cutting-edge work at this year's Research Day

Apr 2, 2018, 11:41 AM by Joel Tiller
HEI’s influence on the world stage is a testament to the talent, dedication and foresight of its more than 400 faculty, students and staff – many of whom were on hand to showcase their work at this year’s Research Day.

Evidence is the linchpin of public health policy and practice and the basis from which to plan and implement viable health services on a local, national and international scale.

Producing, synthesizing and sharing actionable health evidence is a mission the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI) has championed for more than 50 years, earning it the reputation as the home of evidence-based medicine and a global leader in research methodology.

HEI’s influence on the world stage is a testament to the talent, dedication and foresight of its more than 400 faculty, students and staff – many of whom were on hand to showcase their cutting-edge work at this year’s Research Day.

Since 2003, Research Day –  the department’s flagship event – has served as the ideal forum to discuss, debate and celebrate the work happening across HEI’s wide range of education programs and research areas.  

“This department is rich in talent, ideas and health research projects, and Research Day provides a key venue for appreciating the broad range of its activities,” Dr. Kathryn Bennett said, kicking off the day-long celebration.”

Dr. Bennett, who is acting chair of HEI, concluded her opening remarks by challenging and encouraging this year’s attendees to “seize the many opportunities on offer, such as learning something new and establishing a new connection.” 

Celebrating and rewarding excellence

The day’s program included two plenary sessions, three poster sessions, and a series of oral presentations, including one from Tahira Devji, recipient of the 2016-17 David L. Sackett Graduate Scholarship.

Devji prefaced her exploratory talk on enhancing the interpretation of patient-reported outcomes in clinical research and evidence-based decision-making by paying tribute the award’s namesake, Dr. David Sackett, the father of evidence-based medicine and the founding chair of the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (now HEI).  

“It gives me great pleasure to be here today to accept the David L. Sackett Scholarship, and to be among the exceptional recipients before me,” she said. 

“In the years that I have been a part of HEI, I have heard many beautiful stories about Dave. Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to meet him personally. However, I have been able to experience and see with my own eyes the legacy of Dave Sackett as it lives on in our department, in our faculty and in our students.”

In total, more than 75 high-caliber abstracts were presented orally or as a poster, making it difficult for judges to select winners for this year’s suite of awards.

“The quality of research presented today was truly exceptional,” Dr. Bennett said during her closing remarks. “It is hard not to feel inspired by what we have heard and seen.”

2018 Awardees

Laura Duncan
2018 David L. Sackett Award for Best Oral Presentation (Graduate student/Resident)

“The 2014 Ontario Child Health Study Emotional & Behavioural Scales (OCHS-EBS): A checklist for measuring selected DSM-5 disorders”

Joycelyne Efua Ewusie
2018 Michael Gent Award for Best Poster Presentation (Graduate student/Resident)

“Optimal combination of complex interventions for pain and physical function in hip or knee osteoarthritis”

Dr. Anthony Bozzo
2018 Murray L. Enkin Award for Best Poster Presentation (HEI Staff)

“The effect of surveillance on survival after sarcoma surgery: Analysis of a large Canadian administrative database” 

Click the following link to view this year's program: 2018 HEI Research Day Program