Best Brains Exchanges 2016

Best Brains Exchanges (BBEs) are in-camera sessions. As a result, not all Best Brains Exchange topics and presenters are listed here. The following information is being shared with consent.

For more information on any of the past Best Brains Exchanges listed below please contact kt-ac@cihr-irsc.gc.ca.

Supporting Evidence-Informed Drug Policy: Identifying Marijuana Legalization and Regulation Data and Information Needs

Hosted by CIHR in collaboration with Health Canada and the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA).

The BBE brought together Canadian and international policy and decision makers, researchers and key stakeholders (including drug surveillance, substance abuse, and public health and public safety experts).  

Speakers

  • Megan Bettle, Director, Office of Drug Science and Surveillance, Controlled Substances Directorate, Health Canada
  • Douglas J. Beirness, Subject Matter Expert: Impaired Driving, CCSA
  • Beau Kilmer, Senior Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation
  • Annie Montreuil, Researcher, Quebec Institute for Public Health (INSPQ)
  • Lina Noel, Researcher, INSPQ
  • Mary Segawa, Public Health Education Liaison, Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board
  • Margaret Thompson, President, Canadian Association of Poison Control Centres
  • Larry Wolk, Executive Director and Chief Medical Officer, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
  • Richard Wootton, Health Canada, Project Manager of the Canadian Surveillance System for Poison Information

Facilitator

  • Anthony Phillips, Scientific Director, Institute of Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addiction

Supporting Evidence-Informed Drug Policy: Developing a Canadian National Drugs Observatory

Hosted by CIHR in collaboration with Health Canada and the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA).

The BBE brought together Canadian and international policy and decision makers, researchers and key stakeholders (including drug surveillance, substance abuse, and public health and public safety experts).

Speakers

  • Terrence Boos, Acting Section Chief, Drug and Chemical Evaluation Science, US Drug Enforcement Agency
  • Jane Buxton, Epidemiologist and Harm Reduction Lead, British Columbia Centre for Disease Control
  • Tara Gomes, Scientist, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Roumen Sedefov, Head of Unit, Supply Reduction and New Drugs, European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
  • Matthew Young, Senior Research and Policy Analyst, CCSA

Facilitator

  • Anthony Phillips, Scientific Director, Institute of Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addiction, CIHR

The Pharmaceutical Triple Aim: Policies to promote universal accessibility, and affordability of prescription drugs

Hosted by CIHR in collaboration with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

The BBE brought together leading Canadian researchers in the field, as well as provincial and federal policy makers from Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nunavut, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and Health Canada.

Speakers

  • C. Bernie Good, Chair, Medical Advisory Panel for Pharmacy Benefits Management, Pharmacy Benefits Management, US Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Nav Persaud, Staff Physician, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Barbara Farrell, Scientist, Bruyère Research Institute and CT Lamont Primary Health Care Research Centre
  • Tai Huynh, Campaign Director and co-founder, Choosing Wisely Canada;
  • Jennifer Zelmer, President, Azimuth Health Group

Facilitator

  • Robyn Tamblyn, Scientific Director, Institute of Health Services and Policy Research

Masculinity and Male Suicide Prevention

Hosted by CIHR in collaboration with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) with support from Movember’s Men’s Depression and Suicide Network. The Best Brains Exchange Meeting Report is available: Masculinity and Male Suicide Prevention.

Researchers, key stakeholders, and provincial and territorial policy and decision makers came together to explore how to better address gender-specific needs of men and targeted sub-populations, elements of community-based suicide prevention interventions, the scale up of interventions, and future research opportunities.

Speakers

  • Marvin Westwood, Professor Emeritus, Counselling Psychology, University of British Columbia;
  • Paul Gross, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia;
  • Olivier Ferlatte, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Men’s Health Research Program, University of British Columbia;
  • Susan Beaton, Independent Suicide Prevention Consultant, Australia.

Facilitator

  • Joy Johnson, Vice-President, Research, Simon Fraser University

Rewarding Success: How to share the benefits of reducing low value healthcare

Hosted by CIHR in collaboration with the British Columbia Ministry of Health, MaRS Discovery District, the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Researchers, implementation experts, key stakeholders, and provincial policy and decision makers came together to share and discuss research and implementation evidence on how best to promote and reward innovative models within health care to improve health outcomes and reduce costs within the health care system.

Speakers

  • Heather Davidson, Assistant Deputy Minister, Partnerships and Innovation Division, BC Ministry of Health
  • Melissa Farrell, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
  • Louis Garrison, Professor, Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research & Policy Program, University of Washington
  • Geneviève Gauthier, National Director, Econoler
  • Chad Hartnell, Senior Director, Partnerships and Strategies Division, Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Allan Horsburgh, Vice-President, Stewardship and Accountability & Chief Financial Officer, Nova Scotia Health Authority
  • Zayna Khayat, Senior Advisor, MaRS Discovery District
  • Hillary Preston, Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab
  • Erik Sande, President, Medavie EMS

Facilitator

  • Robyn Tamblyn, Scientific Director, Institute of Health Services and Policy Research, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Gaps in the research evidence for sugars-related health outcomes and public health interventions to reduce consumption of sugars

Hosted by CIHR in collaboration with the Food Directorate and Office of Nutrition Policy and Promotion, Health Canada.

The BBE brought together federal policy/decision makers and leading researchers from across the fields of nutritional sciences, public and population health, health policy and sciences, and chronic disease prevention. The BBE examined gaps in evidence on health outcomes related to sugars consumption and population level interventions to support reduction in consumption of sugars.

Speakers

  • Jamie Chriqui, Professor, Health Policy and Administration, Institute for Health Research and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • David Hammond, Professor, School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo
  • Sharon Kirkpatrick, Assistant Professor, School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo
  • Vasanti Malik, Research Scientist, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Julie Mennella, Biopsychologist, Monell Chemical Senses Center

Facilitator

  • Phil Sherman, Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes

Understanding policy options to reduce risk and mitigate harms associated with providing online gambling in Nova Scotia

Hosted by CIHR in collaboration with the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF), Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness (DHW), Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation (NSPLCC), Service Nova Scotia - Alcohol, Gaming, Fuel and Tobacco Division (AGFT), Nova Scotia Department of Community, Culture and Heritage (CCH), Nova Scotia Department of Finance, and Nova Scotia Office of Aboriginal Affairs (OAA).

The BBE facilitated knowledge building and exchange from the fields of population health (health promotion, public health) and the gambling industry as well as responsible gambling. Researchers, implementation experts, key stakeholders, and provincial policy and decision makers came together to share and discuss research and implementation evidence on how best to address the potential risks and harms associated with the provision of government-provided casino style online gambling products in the context of the current market of online offerings available to Nova Scotians.

Speakers

  • Simo Dragicevic, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Bet Buddy
  • Linda Hancock, Personal Chair & Professor of Politics and Policy Studies, Deakin University, Australia
  • Jakob Jonsson, Clinical Psychologist, Sustainable Interaction, Sweden
  • Louise Nadeau, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Montreal
  • Jamie Wiebe, ?Director, Research and Development, ?Responsible Gambling Council

Facilitator

  • Françoise Baylis, Canada Research Chair in Bioethics and Philosophy & Professor, Dalhousie University

Enabling the Continued Social and Economic Contribution of Older Adults in Nova Scotia

Hosted by CIHR in collaboration with the Nova Scotia Department of Seniors and the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation. 

The BBE provided participants with the opportunity to hear and share the best available research and innovative, evidence-based, sex- and gender-responsive interventions to enable older Nova Scotians to age in place and remain healthy and active contributors to society and the economy.

Speakers

  • Gloria Guttman, Professor Emerita, Department of Gerontology and Research Associate, Gerontology Research Centre, Simon Fraser University
  • Janice Keefe, Professor, Department of Family Studies and Gerontology and Director, Nova Scotia Centre on Aging, Mount Saint Vincent University
  • Corey MacKenzie, Clinical Psychologist, Professor and Director of Clinical Training, Department of Psychology and Research Affiliate, Centre on Aging, University of Manitoba.

Facilitator

  • Cara Tannenbaum, Scientific Director, Institute of Gender and Health (IGH), CIHR

Using Administrative, Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and Patient Health Record (PHR) Data in Clinical Trials

Hosted by CIHR in collaboration with the Ontario SPOR Support Unit (OSSU) and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), in consultation with the Population Health Research Institute (PHRI) and Clinical Trials Ontario (CTO).

The BBE brought together leading Canadian and international data, evaluation, clinical trial, implementation and population health researchers, along with provincial policy and decision makers. Participants considered how administrative, EMR and/or PHR data can be leveraged to build the evidence base for new and existing clinical and health system-level interventions, and to attract more investment to Canadian clinical trials.

Speakers

  • Christian F. Christiansen, Staff Specialist, Aarhus University Hospital & Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Aarhus University;
  • Chris J. Packard, Professor of Vascular Biochemistry & Senior Research Fellow, University of Glasgow;
  • J. Antonio Aviña, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of British Columbia / BC Lupus Society Scholar / Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar & ARC Scientist;
  • Jack Tu, Canada Research Chair in Health Services Research / Senior Scientist, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences & Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre & Professor, Division of Internal Medicine, University of Toronto.

Facilitators

  • Robyn Tamblyn, Scientific Director, Institute of Health Services and Policy Research, CIHR
  • Alison Paprica, Director, Strategic Partnerships, ICES

Addiction Treatment and Recovery: Clinical and Health System Improvements

Hosted by CIHR in collaboration with the British Columbia Ministry of Health, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, in consultation with the Network for Excellence in Substance Dependence and Related Harms, and the Centre for Addictions Research of British Columbia.

The BBE brought together provincial and regional decision makers, researchers in mental health and addiction, leading experts in healthcare innovation, and key stakeholders across the continuum of addiction services/care. Participants reviewed evidence-based innovative approaches and strategies to treat substance use disorders, gained a better understanding of the drivers and challenges associated with developing appropriate treatment systems, and explored options for collaboratively enhancing treatment capacity across the continuum of care.

Speakers

  • Marshall Smith, Director, Corporate Development & Community Relations, Cedars at Cobble Hill
  • Benedikt Fischer, Senior Scientist, Social & Epidemiological Research Department, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) & Professor (status), Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
  • Colleen Dell, Research Chair in Substance Abuse & Professor,  Department of Sociology and School of Public Health, University of Saskatchewan
  • Jane Burns, Associate Professor, Founder & CEO, Living Well Foundation (Australia)
  • Karen Urbanoski, Canada Research Chair in Substance Use, Addictions and Health Services / Scientist, Centre for Addictions Research of British Columbia & Assistant Professor, School of Public Health & Social Policy, University of Victoria

Facilitator

  • Anthony Phillips, Scientific Director, Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction, CIHR

Integrating Environmental Health Research into Chemical Emergency/Disaster Management

Hosted by CIHR in collaboration with the Chemical Emergency Preparedness and Response Unit and the Science Policy Directorate, Health Canada, and the USA National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. A final report is available: Best Brains Exchange Report – Integrating Environmental Health Research into Chemical Emergency/Disaster Management.

Chemical emergencies/disasters only allow a brief window of time to conduct scientific research that could identify health effects related to the exposure, improve both response outcomes and capabilities for future disasters of a similar nature and enhance community resilience. This BBE brought together international, federal, provincial and territorial public health policy makers, environmental health researchers, emergency management practitioners and other key stakeholders to examine the feasibility of adapting the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) Disaster Research Response (DR2) Program as a model for the integration of environmental health science resources into the Canadian emergency management framework for chemical emergencies/disasters.

Speakers

  • Dr. Aubrey Miller, Captain, Department of Health and Human Services, United States Public Health Service & Senior Medical Advisor to the Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences;
  • RADM Scott Deitchman, Chief Medical Officer, National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;
  • Dr. Mélissa Généreux, Public Health and Preventive Medicine Specialist & Director, Public Health, Estrie Region (QC) & Chair, Clinical Department of Public Health, University of Sherbrooke Hospital &  Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Sherbrooke.
  • Dr. Tom Kosatsky, Scientific Director, National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health & Medical Director, Environmental Health Services, British Columbia Centre for Disease Control
  • Dr. Ray Copes, Chief, Environmental and Occupational Health, Public Health Ontario

Facilitator

  • Professor David Russell, Head of Centre for Radiation, Chemicals and Environmental Hazards-Wales & Head of WHO Collaborating Centre for Chemical Incidents, Centre for Radiation, Chemicals and Environmental Hazards. Dr. Russel also provided a scene setting presentation, outlining the public health implications of chemical incidents, looking specifically at research and development requirements 

Quality of drugs manufactured in emerging economies: Are cost containment strategies heightening the likelihood of substandard drugs in Canada?

Hosted by CIHR in collaboration with the Health Products and Food Branch Inspectorate, and Policy and Strategic Planning Division, Health Canada.

The BBE brought together researchers from public health, pharmacy and health policy, provincial and territorial policy decision makers, and key stakeholders from the pharmaceutical industry to consider the best available research evidence on the costs, risks, policy drivers of drug manufacturing and new ways to address quality control issues in emerging economies.

Speakers

  • Mark Paxton, Chief Executive Officer, Rx-360
  • Suzanne McGurn, Assistant Deputy Minister and Executive Officer, Ontario Public Drug Programs
  • Ajaz S. Hussain?, Executive Director, The National Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology and Education
  • Andy Stergachis, Director, Global Medicines Program, School of Public Health, University of Washington

Facilitator

  • Robert Peterson, former Executive Director, Drug Safety and Effectiveness Network (DSEN), CIHR
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