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Fall 2019 PREPPP Funding Award - due November 8th

Fall 2019 award for public and patient engagement in health research design and grant development. Open to Manitoban researchers, students, and community orgs.

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From skeptic to convert: Identifying vertebrae fractures by convolutional neural networks

The Machine Learning Special Interest Group is sponsored by the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation as well as the Faculty of Science Data Science Nexus. to facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations in training and research about the development and use of machine learning methods in the health sciences. View our latest presentation "From skeptic to convert: Identifying vertebrae fractures by convolutional neural networks," now available on the CHI YouTube page.

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Spring 2019 PREPPP Award Winners Announcement

Congratulations to the recipients of the Preparing for Research by Engaging Patient and Public Partners (PREPPP) Award, Spring 2019! The PREPPP awards supports researchers, students, and community organizations in engaging with patients and members of the public as partners in the priority-setting, design, and grant development phase of a health research project.

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2018-19 CHI Annual Report now available!

As Manitoba’s SPOR SUPPORT Unit, we are continuously working on ways to improve the health of Manitobans and the health system that cares for them. In this report, we address questions we get asked most often by our clients and partners such as how might we do research differently, how can we enhance the quality of care, and how can we facilitate research culture change towards patient engagement. View the report to see how we are empowering change.

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Course Develops Current and Future Health Care Leaders

Our Academic Health Sciences Leadership program is approaching its ninth year, and we are looking forward to the next round of participants who will be joining us from September to February. UM Today News recently interviewed past participants who gained value in learning leadership skills, with topics ranging from project management to health system sustainability and social responsibility. As well as access to health leaders such as Dr. Brian Postl, dean of the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Lori Lamont, chief operating officer of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, and Brock Wright, chief executive officer of Shared Health Manitoba.

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A Database Providing Parents with Medical Advice

Translating Emergency Knowledge for Kids (TREKK) developed parent and family tools to understand their child’s symptoms and know when to seek care. Our Academic Director, Dr. Terry Klassen, and TREKK's parent advisory group spoke with CTV's Medical Watch on the importance of having readily available, online resources for everyday health concerns.

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Establishment of the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research Canadian Data Platform

Announcement: The Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research Canadian Data Platform (SPOR CDP) is a pan-Canadian initiative involving researchers and policy makers from every province and most territories in Canada, led by Dr. Kimberlyn McGrail from University of British Columbia and BC SPOR SUPPORT Unit. The SPOR CDP was initially proposed in 2014 and funded in 2018 ($39 million over 7 years) by CIHR with matching funds from other jurisdictions.

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Big Data, Better Health

Local researchers are using artificial intelligence to mine complex statistical information and revolutionize the delivery of care. Read more about Wave Magazine's feature story and how CHI's own Dr. Lisa Lix contributes to the 5-year strategy.

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VADA Summer School Reminds Students of American Idol

In an intensive two-day competitive workshop, students will be placed into teams to find solutions to complex data problems. Read more at UM Today.

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Choosing Wisely Manitoba on CTV's Medical Watch

CHI's Dr. Eric Bohm joins CTV News' Medical Watch to discuss Choosing Wisely Manitoba and its work to improve the use and value of laboratory testing.

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Choosing Wisely Manitoba featured in WAVE Magazine

Check out WAVE Magazine's feature on Choosing Wisely Manitoba for Jan/Feb 2019

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VADA Program Featured in UM Today

The Visual and Automated Disease Analytics (VADA) Program recently marked the graduation of its first master's students. Rayhan Shikder is among the first students to complete the VADA Program including an internship at the iFLYTEK Laboratory for Neural Computing for Machine Learning in Toronto. You can read more about Rayhan's experience with VADA on UM Today: http://news.umanitoba.ca/vada-program-offers-valuable-skills-in-disease-prevention/

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University of Manitoba partners with Deer Lodge Centre Foundation to improve fall-risk assessment tools

A research collaboration between the University of Manitoba and Deer Lodge Centre aims to improve the tools therapists use to assess falls risk. Dr. Kathryn Sibley, Director of CHI's Knowledge Translation platform and assistant professor in the U of M's department of Community Health Sciences, will lead the project to assess an existing tool called the Mini BESTTest. In January, Sibley and her team will start training physiotherapists at Deer Lodge Centre to conduct the project, which is funded in part by a grant from the Deer Lodge Centre Foundation. You can read more about this exciting project here: https://www.deerlodgecentrefoundation.com/a-delicate-balance/

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Dr. Lisa Lix Named Canada Research Chair

Dr. Lisa Lix, Director of CHI's Data Science platform, has been named Canada Research Chair in Methods for Electronic Health Data Quality. Dr. Lix is one of 10 Canada Research Chairs named at the University of Manitoba, and her research will focus on developing methods enhance and evaluate the quality of electronic health databases.

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Indigenous Master’s Excellence Award

Congratulations to Data Science's Stephanie Monkman who has received the University of Manitoba’s Indigenous Master’s Excellence Award. This award is given to Canadian Indigenous graduate students enrolled full-time in a Master’s program at the University of Manitoba. Awards are offered to meritorious graduate students who demonstrate significant research ability and scholarly potential.

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Ed Kroeger Mentorship Award

Congratulations to Dr. Lisa Lix, Director of the Data Science Platform at the Centre for Healthcare Innovation for receiving the Ed Kroeger Mentorship Award for 2018. This award is provided by the Health Sciences Graduate Students’ Association at the University of Manitoba, to recognize excellence and distinction in mentorship, teaching, and research.

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Interstellar Initiative Award

Congratulations to Dr. Pingzhao Hu of the CHI Data Science team, who was selected for the 2018 Interstellar Initiative. This is a joint program between the New York Academy of Sciences and the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development, which recognizes “the world's most promising Early Career Investigators in the fields of cancer, neuroscience and artificial intelligence."

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Closing A Critical HIV Prevention Gap

Demonstrating safety and effective delivery of daily oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) as part of an HIV combination preventive intervention for sex workers in Kolkata and Mysore-Mandya, India

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First efforts to optimize nursing see success

Long-time staff member Sharon Rempel looks after a patient in Stonewall. Reduced overtime for staff was among the goals achieved by the IERHA pilot project to deliver a LEAN approach to quality improvement.

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Examining the Implementation of Preoperative Diagnostic Testing Guidelines in Manitoba

In Manitoba, as in other jurisdictions, audits have shown that many patients continue to receive unnecessary preoperative testing despite the existence of a province-wide guideline. In 2015, we undertook a multi-year project to design and implement knowledge translation strategies that we hypothesized would reduce unnecessary preoperative testing.

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George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation and WRHA release interim evaluation of Healing our Health System plan

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) released an interim evaluation of the first three months of the region's phase one of clinical consolidation.

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