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RQHR Approves New Research Policies

Effective January 1st, 2017 the RQHR will adopt 7 policies and procedures pertaining to the conduct of research:

  • The Ethical Conduct of Research and Other Studies Involving Human Participants
  • Operational Approval for Research
  • Externally Funded and/or Sponsored Research
  • Indirect Costs of Research
  • Data Storage and Retention
  • Scholarly Integrity
  • Intellectual Property

Prior to this, the Region had only one research policy – “all research must be approved by the RQHR Research Ethics Board”.   While these policies are new, they do not significantly change what the current standard of practice has been in the Region - they simply document what the standard is.   

Development of the policies has been ongoing for over eight years and has included a substantial review of the policies in  place at other health regions and universities throughout Canada.  The adoption of these policies allows the RQHR to administer research funds from national granting agencies. Careful attention was paid to ensuring we are consistent with the University of Saskatchewan, University of Regina, and the Saskatoon Health Region.

A few notable changes that researchers should be aware of include:

  • The REB review fee for research funded by a for-profit sponsor will increase to $3,500
  • The process for obtaining operational approval will become centralized
  • A costing list for standard research procedures/services has been developed
  • A research account must be set up for each study – PI remains signatory
  • Administration of a 30% institutional overhead fee on externally funded research (excl. public funding)

To learn more about the new policies, please attend one of the upcoming information sessions:

November 23
RGH auditorium
12:00 to 13:00

November 30th
PH meeting rooms 1, 2, & 3
12:00 to 13:00

Student Research Day

Students, staff and clinicians came together on October 14th to celebrate Academic Health Sciences Student Research Day. This annual event, co-sponsored by the RQHR, College of Medicine and Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, featured student research projects from a variety of disciplines including medicine, nursing, pharmacy and nutrition.

“This event helps to support and advance health research across the province and its exciting to see it growing. We had 37 abstracts presented this year,” said Dr. Elan Paluck, Director of Research. “It’s also impressive to see students researching topics that align with the important work we are doing here in the region. Many of the projects have links to primary health care, improving care for seniors, improving care for surgical patients, and enhancing communication.”

Eight awards were presented, with the top honour going to Jared Galloway, who was the winner of theRQHRPatient Impact Award. This award is presented to the student researcher whose project is voted as having the greatest potential to make a significant impact for patients and/or the health system. Jared and his clinical supervisor, Infectious Diseases specialist, Dr. Jessica Minion, looked at the prevalence of an antibiotic resistant bacterium in a long-term care home in Regina. The prevalence of this bacterium was higher than in similar populations in Ontario long-term care homes. Antibiotic use was a risk factor for resistance, which illustrates the importance of antimicrobial stewardship.

SaskDocs Award to the Top Two Research Posters Presented by a Medical Student

1. Individual gestalt is insufficient for the evaluation of quality in medical education blogs: A METRIQ Study.Marshall Siemens (Supervised by Dr. Brent Thoma)

Open educational resources such as blogs are increasingly used for medical education. Gestalt is the gold standard for evaluation of these resources; however, little information has been published on its reliability. The mean gestalt quality ratings of blog posts between medical students, residents and attending correlate strongly, but individual ratings are unreliable. With sufficient raters, mean gestalt ratings are a reasonable reference standard for the validation of more reliable tools.

2. Review of Canadian Resources and Development of a Web-based Interactive Hematology Teaching Tool for Undergraduate Medical Students.Armin Moradi-Nowghabi (Supervised by Dr. Julie Stakiw)

A gap was identified in the use of software technology in self-directed learning pertaining to the availability of practice materials as applicable to Hematology medical education. Software solutions for self-directed learning in Hematology do not take advantage of the capabilities of modern software paradigms and are not designed to address the shortage of practice cases.

Research Awards of Excellence were also handed out in the following students:

Factors that Predict Mortality in Patients with Infective Endocarditis.  Idris Bare (Supervised by Dr. Ahmad Moustapha, Cardiology)

Outcomes of patients receiving treatment for a heart infection in the RQHR were examined. Patients lived longer if they underwent both surgery and antibiotic treatment as opposed to only antibiotic treatment.

Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) in Undergraduate Urology Education: A Prospective Control-Intervention Study. Jordan Anderson (Supervised by Dr. Paul Olszynski, Radiology)

Point of care ultrasound (POCUS) is a valuable bedside tool and is increasingly taught throughout the medical education continuum. Training allowed students to effectively learn the skills to apply POCUS in their assessment of patients, and did not interfere with achieving other course learning objectives

 Impact of travel distance on accessibility and overall survival in metastatic colorectal cancer patients treated with bevacizumab plus chemotherapy: A Saskatchewan retrospective chart study. Evan Payette (Supervised by Dr. Haji Chalchal, Oncology)

Patients receiving treatment for colorectal cancer had worse outcomes if they lived further than 100 kilometers from a cancer treatment centre. The results suggest that community-based oncology centres in the province require additional resources and training.

Body Composition and Physical Activity Levels of Children with Congenital Heart Defects. Shonah Runalls (Supervised by Dr. Ashok Kakadekar, Pediatrics)

Differences were not found in physical activity levels or body fat between children with birth defects in the heart and their typically developing peers. We also found no differences in bone parameters between the groups. These findings suggest that regularly physically active children with CHD have normal bone health.

Concomitant Hysteroscopic Tubal Occlusion and Bipolar Radiofrequency Endometrial Ablation: A Prospective Analysis of Outcomes, Safety and Efficacy. Cheghaf Madarati  (Supervised by Dr. Darrien Rattray, Obstetrics & Gynecology)

Two gynecological surgeries are often combined in the RQHR. Adverse events and complications of the combined surgeries are comparable to the procedures used alone. The combined surgeries will result in less waiting times for patients and less surgical time, since two surgeries can be performed at the same time.

Factors Associated with Prolonged Length of Stay of Admitted Patients in a Tertiary Care Emergency Department. Kirk Johns (Supervised by Dr. Sheila Smith, Emergency Medicine)

Long length of stay (LOS) in Emergency Rooms (ER) and ER overcrowding have been an emergent problem in Canada. “Consult request to Admit Decision” and Hour of day the patient registered were found to be predictors of LOS.   Changes in process or workflow may be possible to reduce this delay and improve patient flow.

Regina Students Compete for the McManus Cardiovascular Career Award

Please join us for the 2016 McManus Cardiovascular Career Development AwardCompetition. This exciting new award recognizes excellence in cardiovascular research completed by an undergraduate medical student.   The event takes placeWednesday November 9th at 17:00 in the Academic Health Sciences Learning Centre (RGH).

From a pool of eight candidates that presented their research at the Academic Health Sciences Student research day in October, three have been selected to proceed to the McManus competition.

Student: Brett Plouffe, Year 3 Medical Student
Project Title: New Depths of Understanding – Have MRI Conditional Pacemakers Increased our Peri-procedural Complications in Southern Saskatchewan?
Supervisors: Dr. Andrea Lavoie, Interventional Cardiologist, Dr. Jennifer Crawford, Research Scientist

Student: Kendell Pon
Project Title: Syncope in Adults with Congenital Heart Disease – Predicting Arrhythmic Outcomes
Supervisors: Payam Dehghani, MD, FRCP(C) FACC FSCAI, Cardiology and Interventional
Cardiology, Dr. Jennifer Crawford, Research Scientist, Sheila Kelly, Prairie Vascular Research Network

Student: Idris Bare
Project Title: Factors that Predict Mortality in Patients with Infective Endocarditis
Supervisors: Dr.Ahmad Moustapha, MD, MSc, FRCSC, Dr. Jennifer Crawford, Research Scientist

Each presentation will be eight minutes in length followed by seven minutes of questions from a judging panel. The top presenter will be awarded the $2,000 cash prize. Please come show your support for the great work being done by our students and their supervisors.