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HDRN Data Points / February 2023

What's up @ HDRN Canada

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Pragmatic Trials Training Program launched

We are excited to announce the launch of the HDRN Canada Pragmatic Trials Training Program, funded by CIHR. Led by Dr. Amit Garg, Associate Dean of Clinical Research at Western University, the program will coach researchers through the process of conducting pragmatic clinical trials with real world data. LEARN MORE.

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DASH offers help with CIHR Spring Project Grant

As the deadline for the CIHR Spring Project Grant applications fast approaches, HDRN Canada is inviting health researchers to take advantage of our Data Access Support Hub (DASH). The DASH is a critical resource for researchers who require access to administrative data from multiple regions across the country. LEARN MORE.

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Social Licence report adapted for The Conversation

What are the uses of health data that are supported by the public? Check out this article in The Conversation, co-authored by Julia Burt, HDRN Canada Public Engagement Fellow, Alison Paprica, Anabelle Cumyn and Roxanne Dault, based on a report they wrote about the social licence of health data uses and users.

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Health Data for All of Us: Sharing Ideas and Priorities

Our Public Advisory Council will host Health Data for All of Us: Sharing Ideas and Priorities to generate dialogue among researchers and the public about the use of health data in research. The hybrid event takes place April 25 in Winnipeg and online, and features keynote speaker Rachel Plachcinski. REGISTER HERE.

Upcoming Events

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Lunch & Learn: Data Services at Health Data Nova Scotia | FEB. 23 | 12:00 p.m. AST

Learn about the data services available at Health Data Nova Scotia (HDNS) in this FREE webinar, including what data are available at HDNS, how to submit a data access request, and what happens after a data request is approved.


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NL SUPPORT Research Design Webinar Series Ongoing

NL SUPPORT’s Research Design Webinar Series has returned for 2023! The series features practical tutorials and workshops on topics related to health research and research design and health research methodology.


News from Across the Network

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New study uses HDRN Canada's DASH to assess COVID-19 severity

A new study aimed at surveilling population susceptibility,  prevalence and risk factors associated with severity of COVID-19 infection is using HDRN Canada's Data Access Support Hub (DASH), which streamlines and expedites pan-Canadian research by facilitating access to data held in multiple regions across the country. LEARN MORE.

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Northwest Territories launches Open Data Portal

The Government of the Northwest Territories has launched a new Open Data Portal to provide a single point of access for existing data resources, making government-held data available to the public in accessible and user-friendly formats. The Open Data Portal currently holds close to 300 datasets and will be updated quarterly. LEARN MORE.

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ICES reaches milestone: 1000 data requests 

Since launching its Data & Analytic Services in 2014, ICES has responded to 1000 requests from health service organizations and health care stakeholders. DAS fosters data equity and data sharing, providing data, analytic and reporting expertise to researchers and Indigenous and community-led organizations. LEARN MORE.

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Data management tool now broadly available in BC

A data management tool made available through a partnership between PopData BC, BC Support and others is now broadly available for researchers in BC. REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a secure web application that offers accessible data collection methods for health-related projects. LEARN MORE

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Post-secondary graduate retention in New Brunswick

Researchers at New Brunswick Institute of Research, Data and Training combined linked data from the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission and college institutions with citizen data holdings at NB-IRDT to understand graduate retention patterns of the 2019 and 2020 cohorts. LEARN MORE

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Bilingual website demystifies health research

Unité de Soutien SSA Québec has launched Understanding Research, a bilingual website that demystifies the basic concepts of research. It supports patients, managers, clinicians, and any other stakeholders interested in research and collaboration with researchers through video tutorials and other resources. 

In the Spotlight

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Ted McDonald interviewed by CBC

HDRN Canada Lead Ted McDonald, Director of the New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data and Training was interviewed by CBC for a story about Canada's immigration rates and the potential impact of labour shortages. Read the full story.

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UM Today News features Lisa Lix

Lisa Lix, HDRN Canada Lead, was featured in UM Today News about her work as an internationally recognized biostatistician and Director of the Data Science Platform at the University of Manitoba's  George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation. Read the full story.

Health Data Job Alert!

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Data & Documentation Coordinator

HDRN Canada is hiring a Data & Documentation Coordinator, based out of the Centre for Healthcare Innovation at the University of Manitoba, to liaise with data analysts, researchers & working groups to plan, document, implement, communicate and analyze projects across the Network. APPLY.

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Artificial Intelligence for Complex Health Data CRC II

The University of Manitoba is recruiting a Canada Research Chair Tier II in the area of Artificial Intelligence for Complex Health Data, to develop an innovative research program in collaboration with the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy and others. APPLY.


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National Dialogue on Data Management Plans and Indigenous Data

HDRN Canada's Indigenous Data Sovereignty Lead Jennifer Walker participated in this virtual national dialogue about First Nations, Inuit and Métis perspectives on data management plans, Indigenous data sovereignty and research data management. 


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Alternate Level of Care Experience in High-Risk Older Adults in NB

NB-IRDT used linked individual-level administrative data to conduct a population-based prevalence study to assess the impact of alternate level of care, which designates a patient occupying a bed at a higher level of care than is required, in the New Brunswick health care system.