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On May 10th, 2018 the NB PIHCI Network hosted its inaugural Patients' Den. New Brunswick research teams were invited to submit their research projects for a chance to win one of three $5,000 grants. The projects were vetted by our research panel to evaluate scientific merit and to ensure that the projects aligned with NB PIHCI priorities. Ten projects were chosen where the researchers then had to pitch their project to panel of judges made up of patient advisors.

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Patients' Den AWARD Recipients

After deliberation, three research projects were chosen to receive a $5,000 grant:

  • Dr. Tracey Rickards of the UNB-F and the Fredericton Downtown Community Health Centre received an award for her research project titled “PROGRESS: Patient-centered, upstream interventions to improve COPD care”.

  • Tracy Ferguson of the Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation received an award for her research project titled “Investigating the impact of adapted bikes or trikes on the quality of life of children and youth with neuromotor disabilities”.

  • Dr. Rose McCloskey, of UNB-SJ and Loch Lomond Villa, for her research project titled “Giving Voice to the Hidden Patient”.


The evening ended with closing remarks from Dr. Shelley Doucet, NB SPOR PIHCI Lead.

This event was done in partnership with the Maritime SPOR Support Unit (MSSU). Funding was provided by the NBHRF, Sandra Irving, and Société Santé et Mieux-être en français du Nouveau-Brunswick.
“On behalf of the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation, I would like to congratulate the first Patients’ Den award recipients,” said Dr. Bruno Battistini, President, CEO and Scientific Director of NBHRF. “These projects help to align health research funding with the populations needs of the province by having patients and researchers work collaboratively.”

You can read NBHRF's press release here.

We would like to thank everyone who presented:

  • Dr. Alekhya Das (Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research, UNB): Integrated-comprehensive model of medical care and empowerment services, for visible minority & newcomer women survivors of domestic/intimate partner violence (D/IPV)

  • John Doucet (NBCC): Evaluating the efficacy of an interprofessional, college student-focused pulmonary rehabilitation program in Saint John

  • Dr. Dana Manzer (QUEST-SJ): Engaging Community Partners in Research

  • Dr. Lucia O'Sullivan (UNB): Increasing Young Men’s Awareness of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and the Importance of STI Testing in New Brunswick

  • Cecile Proctor (UNB): ACT at home: Improving access to mental health services after brain injury

  • Katherine Thompson (UNB): eConnectNB: An interactive portal to support children with complex care needs through enhanced care coordination

  • Dr. Wendy Stewart (Horizon Health, Dalhousie University): “Seeing” the Patient: Portraiture as a Method for Understanding the Lived Experience of Children with Epilepsy and their Caregivers

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