Science, Health and Research Education (SHARE) Summit 2018

September 12, 2018

Join us and the rest of our colleagues with the Translational and Personalized Medicine Initiative (TPMI) for a healthy dose of research at the Science, Health, and Research Education (SHARE) Summit.

The SHARE Summit is a showcase for applied health research in Newfoundland and Labrador, and how that research is improving the lives of patients in our province. We’ll cover exciting developments in Quality of Care NL/Choosing Wisely NL, Translational Genomics, and Patient-Oriented Research.

Led by a keynote speech from Dr. John Haggie, Minister of Health, the SHARE Summit features:

  • concurrent educational sessions
  • panel discussions
  • quick-fire rounds
  • a student pitching competition
  • a plain language poster contest

This is a free, one-day event open to anyone with an interest in enhancing healthcare in Newfoundland and Labrador. If you’re a researcher, policy/decision maker, clinician, administrator, patient, or community organizer, you’ll find a session at SHARE.

If you’re interested in attending SHARE, please register before October 5th on Eventbrite and choose in advance the six sessions that you would like to attend. The summit will be hosted at Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine.


SHARE Summit Agenda

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Following check in and registration, the SHARE Summit begins in the Memorial University School of Medicine Main Auditorium with opening remarks from Dr. Margaret Steele at 9:00, followed by greetings from Ms. Nancy Mason MacLellan from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research.

Dr. John Haggie, Minister of Health will begin the keynote speech at 9:35, speaking on priorities for health care in Newfoundland and Labrador, and the role of research in addressing the needs of the people of our province.

  • Session 1A: “Who helps the helpers? Managing post-traumatic stress disorder in public service personnel”

    In times of need, we expect public safety personnel – 911 dispatchers, firefighters, paramedics and others – to be there for us, but where do they turn when dealing with the emotional fallout of our trauma? Join Dr. Rose Ricciardelli from Memorial University’s Dept. of Sociology to learn about new, innovative ways of providing much-needed mental health supports for the men and women we depend on.

  • Session 1B: “Check the flow, be in the know: Managing traffic in the ER”

    It should come as no surprise that congested emergency departments lead to long wait times and worse outcomes for patients. Join Dr. Chris Patey and Mr. Paul Norman (NP) as they lead us through SurgeCon, a home-grown solution developed and tested at Carbonear General Hospital to help front line healthcare workers manage patient volume in ERs, reduce wait times, and improve patient experiences.

  • Session 1C: “Do you want us to keep you on file? Genetic testing and the ethics of genome storage”

    Newfoundland and Labrador with its founder population is a goldmine for genetic research. Join Drs. Brenda Wilson, Holly Etchegary and Proton Rahman as they outline; how advancements in genetic sequencing technologies here at Memorial can facilitate personalized and precision medicine, and the impact of privacy legislation and public opinion on this work.

  • Session 1D: “Dollars and Sense: Assessing the economic value of research”

    Often, the only dollar value placed on a project is that of the grant which funded it. Dr. Hai Nguyen, a health economist working with Memorial University’s School of Pharmacy will show you how to reassess the price-tag of research, including cost avoidance, new spending and other economic outcomes that may tilt the cost-benefit ratio of your work in a direction that makes more than cents.

  • Session 2A: “POR Galore: 2018 Patient-Oriented Research grants quick-fire round”

    NL SUPPORT funds projects that provide direct benefits to patients, addresses issues that patients feel are important, and engages patients as partners in research. Come to the POR Galore Quickfire round to find out how this year’s Patient Oriented Research Grant awardees are planning to improve the lives of patients around our province in partnership with patients themselves.

  • Session 2B: “In your community: Quality of Care NL/Choosing Wisely NL family practice quick-fire round”

    From reducing unnecessary allergy testing for kids to finding more cost-effective ways of testing and diagnosing spondyloarthritis, Quality of Care NL/Choosing Wisely NL is in your family physician’s office, helping ensure the right intervention gets to the right patient at the right time. This quickfire round will highlight four community-based projects that aim to help you and your doctor decide which treatments are right for you.

  • Session 2C: “No place like home: Helping older adults with complex mental health needs ‘age in place’”

    Located in the heart of St. John’s, Stella’s Circle is a community organization serving adults with complex needs, including mental health challenges, addictions, poverty, and homelessness; as those adults age, their challenges only become greater. Dr. Roberta DiDonato of Memorial University’s Department of Psychology unveils her project in partnership with Stella’s Circle to identify and address the best way to help people with complex needs stay safely in their community for as long as possible.

  • Session 2D: “The Centre for Health Informatics and Analytics – What we can do for you”

    The Centre for Health Informatics and Analytics (CHIA) offers access to “one of Atlantic Canada’s fastest computing environments.” Join Associate Director Mitch Sturge for an introduction to the data analytics, storage, and management services available through the Centre to research teams and other stakeholders with Big Data that needs crunching.

  • Session 3A: “Data to your door: A panel discussion on academic detailing”

    It’s not always easy for busy physicians and other clinicians to access or interpret their own prescribing and ordering patterns. Sometimes, you need to have it delivered straight to your office. Join Dr. Pat Parfrey in a panel discussion with other physicians (including former NLMA president Dr. Lynn Dwyer) about Quality of Care NL/Choosing Wisely NL’s in-clinic academic detailing sessions.

  • Session 3B: “’Talk to your doctor:’ A panel discussion on Quality of Care NL/Choosing Wisely NL public campaigns”

    Patients and their doctors make better decisions about treatment and testing options when the people on both sides of the exam table have the right information. Join Dr. Brendan Barrett, the TPMI’s Chief Scientific Officer as he leads a panel discussion with physicians, patients and policymakers about how Quality of Care NL/Choosing Wisely NL engages and educates the public in order to make sure they come to clinics equipped with the right questions.

  • Session 4A: “Right Test, Right Time: A panel discussion on in-clinic e-ordering and scheduling”

    A new pilot project from Quality of Care NL/Choosing Wisely NL promises to do away with long wait times at the mailbox for referral scheduling by automating the process right in your doctor’s office. Led by Dr. Brendan Barrett, the TPMI’s Chief Scientific Officer, this panel of physicians, patients and policymakers will discuss the potential impacts and benefits of this exciting new system.

  • Session 4B: “Your genes, your call? A panel discussion on the electronic storage and uses of your genetic data”

    As genetic testing becomes more precise and large volumes of patient data become available to physicians, we may find ourselves able to tailor treatments to individual patients, according to their genes. Dr. Terry-Lynn Young of the Discipline of Genetics will lead this panel discussion around the uses of your genetic data, as well the as privacy and ethical implications for keeping it all on-hand.

The SHARE Summit Lunch session features a poster competition from students across the University: TPMI-funded early-stage researchers working diligently on projects to improve health outcomes for patients in Newfoundland and Labrador will present their work in the Medical School foyer near Lecture Theatre D where Lunch will be served.
SHARE Summit attendees are asked to reconvene in the Medical School Auditorium for a second keynote speech from Mr. Cameron Campbell of the Department of Health and Community Services. Mr. Campbell will speaking about best practices and lessons learned in implementing evidence-based change in the primary health care sector. This keynote will be followed by the announcement of the Poster Competition by Dr. Laurie Twells, NL SUPPORT’s Scientific Lead.
  • Session 5A: “Make Me Care about Health Care: Pitching your research”

    You’re excited about the results of your research; your colleagues are also keenly interested in the results; but how do you make people outside of your field care about the potential impacts and benefits that you can see in your work? We’ve invited Angelo Casanas from Memorial University’s business incubator, the Genesis Centre, to teach you how to sell your project so that other people can understand its potential.

  • Session 5B: “From Academia to Application: A Team-Based Approach to Implementation”

    All the evidence in the world is useless if it cannot cross the gap from knowledge to action. Join Dr. Krista Mahoney and Owen Parfrey from the Quality of Care NL/Choosing Wisely NL Implementation Team as they talk about the challenges they’ve faced and the successes they’ve had in implementing research findings to improve patient care.

  • Session 5C: “Something’s fish-y about these genes: Translating gene editing research in zebra fish to human health”

    What do you have in common with a one-and-a-half-inch minnow? Can your genes be rewritten? What do intestinal bacteria have to do with it? What does all this mean for patients? Dr. Curtis French of the Memorial University’s Discipline of Genetics answers these questions and more as he discusses his work with zebra fish, CRISPR gene editing and the exciting impacts of this new technology.

  • Session 6A: “Research Rundown: Student Project Pitching Competition”

    How is the next generation of health researchers planning to help patients? Come find out at the Research Rundown Competition, where four TPMI-funded students will each have three minutes to summarize their projects and get you as excited for the future of patient-oriented research as we are!

  • Session 6B: “Nothing About us Without us: Engaging patients as partners in research”

    Patient engagement is not only becoming an increasingly important aspect of funding applications with national bodies such as the CIHR, but it’s the best way to ensure that your work is addressing the needs of the people it aims to help. Dr. Holly Etchegary, NL SUPPORT’s Academic Patient Engagement Lead, and a member of our Patient Advisory Council offer a talk about the importance of and lessons learned in engaging patients as partners in research.

  • Session 6C: “In your corridors: Quality of Care NL/Choosing Wisely NL institution-based project quick-fire round”

    We depend on our hospitals and other facilities to provide the best care possible for the people with the greatest need; Quality of Care NL/Choosing Wisely NL works hard to ensure that those people get the treatments they need when they need them. This quickfire round will look at four projects in long-term care and low-risk surgery that aim to reduce low-value care in the healthcare system.

Following the end of concurrent sessions, Dr. Brendan Barrett will host a closing reception for the SHARE Summit in Lecture Theatre D, where the winner of the Research Rundown competition will be announced.