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Work on second phase of N.B.'s public health immunization registry delayed

CTV interviewed Dr. Sandra Magalhaes, an NB-IRDT epidemiologist research associate, to discuss New Brunswick's public health immunization registry. 

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April 23, 2019 – Vancouver, B.C. – Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Responding effectively to health challenges, such as the opioid crisis currently gripping Canada, requires research data. Data helps us understand the nature and underlying causes of a problem and evaluate the effectiveness of our attempts to intervene and solve it.

Furthermore, in a country as big and diverse as Canada, where health problems do not respect provincial and territorial boundaries, solutions require collective action that crosses jurisdictions.

Today, while meeting with researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC), the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, announced a new $81M initiative that will make it easier for researchers to access and analyze health research data.

The Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Canadian Data Platform is a seven-year, $81.35M investment with contributions from several partners. This groundbreaking initiative is a single portal through which researchers will be able to request access to a multitude of administrative, clinical, and social data from various sources from across the country.

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Read the Maritime SPOR Support Unit's Q&A with Dr. Ted McDonald. 

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Judy Wagner, clerk of the Executive Council Office with the Government of New Brunswick and Dr. Eddy Campbell, president and vice-chancellor of the University of New Brunswick, signed a memorandum of understanding on Feb. 27, 2018, that enhances the partnership between government and the New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data and Training at UNB.

The New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data and Training, a centre officially launched by Premier Brian Gallant in 2015, conducts research to support evidence-based policy development and evaluation and provides researchers access to administrative and program data from the provincial government in a secure facility at UNB’s Fredericton campus.

The memorandum of understanding commits the government and university to work towards the long-term sustainability of the institute, the ongoing transfer of administrative data from across government operations and the development of annual research and training plans in collaboration with government partners.

Campbell says the agreement is a clear endorsement of the work of the New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data and Training and its emerging value to the province and its citizens. This is work that is relevant and important to our province.


CBC News, Oct. 12, 2017

Researchers at the University of New Brunswick used census and tax data to track 1.3 million non-immigrant Canadian adults living in the 30 biggest cities across the country, from Victoria to St. John's, over 11 years starting in 2001. They measured the amount of greenery from trees, shrubs, grass and other plants within 250 metres (about two blocks) of the study subjects' homes, using postal codes and satellite data. And they found that as the amount of greenery increased, people's risk of premature death decreased "significantly" from natural causes.

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CBC News, Oct. 11, 2017

Living near green spaces can help urban dwellers live longer, according to a new study that could change how cities are designed. A team of 11 researchers — 10 based in Canada and one in the U.S. — looked at the data from 1.3 million people over 11 years to determine how greener environments affect mortality rates in cities across Canada.

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The Telegraph Journal, Oct. 10, 2017

The greener your city neighbourhood, the less likely you are to die from several common causes, a new UNB-led study says.

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The Daily Gleaner, Oct. 10, 2017

The greener your city neighbourhood, the less likely you are to die from several common causes, a new UNBled study says.

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Global News, June 22, 2017

study conducted by a researcher at the University of New Brunswick indicates there is a link between school junk food bans and student weight. UNB health economist Philip Leonard said he wanted to examine whether or not junk food bans lead to improved health and healthier weights in students attending schools with bans.

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The Daily Gleaner, June 23, 2017

A ban on junk food in schools has helped reduce obesity in students, a UNB study has concluded. But the effects are pretty slim.

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Canadian Press, Mar. 28, 2017

An act respecting research that would amend various pieces of legislation to provide authority for “prepared” administrative data to be stored at the New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data and Training (NB-IRDT) and made available for research purposes. The NB-IRDT gives researchers, academics and officials access to prepared provincial administrative data to help them identify trends and analyze policies.

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KHJ, Mar. 29, 2017

The province says it will introduce legislation enabling public organizations to store prepared data at the New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data and Training. Officials say the idea is to facilitate data research which will help provide better program delivery in everything from health care to poverty reduction to traffic safety.

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UNB 2016 Annual Report, featuring Dan Lawson Crouse

Fresh off a pioneering study that looked at the links between air pollution and dying in Canada, Dan Crouse is about to look at the health benefits of living in greener areas with better access and exposures to natural environments in this country.

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Press release from NBHRF and AstraZeneca, Dec. 9, 2016

AstraZeneca Canada Inc. and the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF) are announcing a strategic collaboration with the New Brunswick Government and the New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data and Training (NB IRDT) based at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton to accelerate the creation of an integrated health information platform for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

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The Telegraph Journal, Aug. 19, 2016

A new study out of University of New Brunswick found that caregivers of people with mental health or addictions issues are often younger and experience a higher level of caregiver burden.

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NB+, Feb. 24, 2016

What is the New Brunswick Institute for Research Data and Training (NB-IRDT)? A solid-gold asset for New Brunswick. Given the growing local and national movement towards open data, this Institute at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton is a huge data asset to help solve some of the province’s most pressing problems.

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The Telegraph Journal, Dec. 7, 2015

When most people hear the word “data”, their eyes glaze over and they subconsciously stop paying attention. And it makes sense. Data isn’t a sexy topic of conversation for most people, conjuring up images of bespectacled statisticians behind desks. It’s nerdy, it’s uncool.

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The Chronicle Herald, June 12, 2015

The majority of patients who require health care in the Maritime provinces receive the care they need. However, the complex scenario of an ageing population and rising health-care costs are leading to growing concern about our ability to retain a high-performance health care system. Even today, pressing issues in the delivery of health services abound: underuse, overuse and misuse of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, unpredictable and long waiting times, fragmented care and unanswered questions about the value of society’s investment in health care.

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The Telegraph Journal, May 6, 2015

Dr. Colleen O’Connell noticed an unusual number of people showing up at the Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation with the devastating motor neuron disease ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. O’Connell, rehabilitation physician and research chief at the Cassidy centre in Fredericton, knew the disease was rare with an incidence generally of one or two cases per 100,000 people. But the numbers seemed higher in New Brunswick.

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