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Registration OPEN: Health Data for All of Us

Registration is open for Health Data for All of Us: Earning Trust through Transparency, HDRN Canada's hybrid forum featuring keynote speaker Dr. Antoine Boivin, Co-Director of the Quebec SUPPORT Unit. The event will be held April 23 online and in-person in Montreal. Tickets are limited!

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Introducing Bill Pratt! New PAC Chair

HDRN Canada's Public Advisory Council (PAC) is pleased to announce the selection of Bill Pratt as Chair. A PAC member since 2022, Mr. Pratt is the CEO of Eden Care Communities. He will succeed Frank Gavin, who helped establish the interim PAC in 2018.

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DASH support for CIHR Spring Project Grant

Are you a health researcher submitting an application for CIHR's Spring Project Grant? DASH is a critical resource for researchers accessing administrative data from multiple regions across the country. Submit your DASH intake form for the Spring Grant support by February 21.

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Take our SPOR Refresh Engagement Survey!

HDRN Canada is seeking advice from patients, researchers and policy-makers on health data use and access in patient-oriented research. Take our anonymous survey by March 1 to help inform Canada's Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) refresh process. 

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DASH Researcher Spotlight: Dr. Amy Yu

Read about Dr. Amy Yu's new research, which uses multi-regional administrative data accessed through HDRN Canada's Data Access Support Hub (DASH) to enhance the research community's ability to accurately monitor care provided to people who have experienced a stroke. 

Upcoming Events

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Why patient engagement matters in data science, engineering & technology      FEBRUARY 14 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. CT

Join this introduction to patient engagement, hosted by George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation, to learn how patient perspectives can support health research. 


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Linking metabolomics to diseases using human genetics                                    FEBRUARY 15 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET

Learn about new research that uses data from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging to explore how the genetic architecture of metabolites can be linked to common diseases.


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CRDCN-StatCan Open Mic Data Series: CHSCY FEBRUARY 29 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET

The next Open Mic Data Series session, hosted by the Canadian Research Data Centre Network and Statistics Canada, features a special discussion on the Canadian Health Survey of Children and Youth.


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Panel: Current Approaches for Distributed Analysis | MARCH 14 | 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. PT

The third session in the Federated Analysis: State of the Science Collective Learning Series will feature a panel discussion with Dr. Judith Maro, James Weaver and Michael Paterson on different approaches to distributed analysis.


News from Across the Network

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CanPath at Canadian Cancer Research Conference

Read about CanPath's recent session at the Canadian Cancer Research Conference, featuring researchers presenting their latest findings using CanPath data. Research topics included chemical exposures in the workplace, changes in cancer screening during the pandemic, and an AI-based platform to predict cancer.

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Funding for patient engagement research projects

The George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation has announced the 2024 Preparing for Research by Engaging Public and Patient Partners (PREPPP) award, providing financial and advisory support for engaging patients and members of the public in research. 

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Who is most affected by bullying in Québec?

The Institut de la statistique du Québec has published a study on bullying and cyberbullying in Québec. The study finds 12 percent of residents aged 12 and over experienced bullying or cyberbullying in 2022, with minority groups such as the LGBTQ+ community, most affected.

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Exploring health and environment interconnections

Learn about the Canadian Census Health and Environment Cohort (CanCHEC) in the latest issue of NB-IRDT's DataNBCanCHEC combines long-form census respondents with administrative health data and postal codes, providing cross-sector research opportunities. 

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Accessing electronic health information in Canada

A recent article published on StatsCAN Plus uses data from the Canadian Social Survey to examine the reasons why Canadians may, or may not, choose to access electronic health information. StatsCAN Plus is Statistics Canada's platform for exploring the country's top statistical news. 

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Interactive tools for shared decision-making

PADA is a digital platform for developing decision aids supported by Unité de soutien SSA Québec. Decision aids facilitate shared decision-making between patients and healthcare providers. Explore PADA's catalog of decision aids on sleep, nutrition and chronic pain.


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Comprehensiveness of services from family physicians

In this article for the Canadian Family Physician, the authors, including HDRN Canada CEO Dr. Kim McGrail and Lead Dr. Alan Katz, examine changes in the comprehensiveness of services delivered by family physicians using linked data from four Canadian provinces. 


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Hey postdocs! HSI Fellowship with HDRN Canada

HDRN Canada is accepting expressions of interest from post-doctoral fellows wanting to participate in the Health System Impact (HSI) Program. Gain embedded research experience driving health system improvement. Fellowship applications are due February 22.

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Associate Director, Research & Analytic Services

The Manitoba Centre for Health Policy (MCHP) is recruiting an Associate Director of Research & Analytic Services who will oversee planning and execution of government and researcher-led projects. Applications are due February 11.

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Data Access Lead, PopData BC

Do you have strong leadership skills and experience in health data research? Population Data BC is hiring a Data Access Lead to oversee their Data Access Unit and related initiatives that benefit the researcher community and optimize the researcher experience. Apply by February 18.

In Case You Missed It!

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Healthy Data for Healthy People

How should we optimize health data design and use? Watch this Canadian Institute for Health Information webinar, featuring remarks by Dr. Kim McGrail, HDRN Canada CEO, on why health data reform is required for better policy and research.


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Sociodemographic data in Canada

Watch the latest session in the Big IDEAs About Health Data Speaker Series, featuring Dr. Kwame McKenzie and Jemal Demeke of the Wellesley Institute discussing the use and governance of sociodemographic data in Canada