Best Brains Exchanges 2019

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

June

  • The Atlantic Region Takes Action on Sexually Transmitted Blood Borne Infection Testing

    Hosted in collaboration with the Public Health Agency of Canada, Dalhousie University, the Nova Scotia Advisory Commission on AIDS, the Atlantic Interdisciplinary Research Network, Research Nova Scotia, and REACH 2.0

    This BBE supported the implementation of the “Pan-Canadian Framework for Action: Reducing the Health Impact of Sexually Transmitted and Blood-borne Infections in Canada by 2030” by creating interprovincial actions to increase accessibility to STBBI testing, diagnoses and linkages to care, treatment and support across the Atlantic region. The event brought together leading STBBI public health officials, researchers and international experts from other countries on the development of STBBI policies, programs and actions aimed at reaching the undiagnosed.

    More information on the objectives of this BBE, a summary of the evidence presented and a list of recommended readings

May

  • Supporting the Sustained Transition of Smokers of Conventional Cigarettes to Vaping Products

    Hosted in collaboration with Health Canada

    Health Canada identified a need for a knowledge base to support the implementation of Canada’s Tobacco Strategy (CTS), which aims to reduce tobacco use rate of 5% by 2035. This BBE brought together research and implementation experts, policy makers, health practitioners and other key stakeholders from across jurisdictions and sectors to identify potential dissemination strategies to support these efforts

    More information on the objectives of this BBE, a summary of the evidence presented and a list of recommended readings

  • Supporting the Prevention Efforts of Youth Uptake of Vaping Products

    Hosted in collaboration with Health Canada

    This BBE brought together researchers, implementation experts, policy makers, health practitioners, and regulators to support the Government of Canada in implementing the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act. More specifically, Health Canada used the BBE to gather recent research and implementation evidence of best practices in protecting youth from nicotine addiction and incentives to use vaping products through the development of targeted messaging campaigns and strategies.

    More information on the objectives of this BBE, a summary of the evidence presented and a list of recommended readings

  • Looking Back to Move Forward: New Brunswick’s Focused Approach toward Economic and Social Inclusion

    Hosted in collaboration with the New Brunswick Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation and Government of New Brunswick

    Through this BBE, the Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation (ESIC) brought together researchers and representatives from across four key sectors (citizens, non-profit organizations, businesses and government) to understand the current landscape and best practices on poverty reduction. Information gleaned from the BBE will inform the renewal of the New Brunswick Overcoming Poverty Together plan.

    More information on the objectives of this BBE, a summary of the evidence presented and a list of recommended readings

February

  • Introduction of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Medical Devices

    Hosted in collaboration with Health Canada

    Health Canada identified a need to hear evidence to inform their understanding of the next generation of medical technology that incorporates elements of AI and ML programming. The Best Brains Exchange brought together experts in artificial intelligence and machine learning, policy makers, researchers, as well as representatives of industrial, professional and regulatory organizations.

    More information on the objectives of this BBE, a summary of the evidence presented and a list of recommended readings

January

  • Organizing clinical and health administration data from the health and social services sector for secondary use

    Hosted in collaboration with the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services

    Speakers

    • Jean-Frédéric Lévesque, CEO, Agency for Clinical Innovation (Australia)
    • Michael Schull, CEO, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences
    • Valérie Edel, Project Lead and Assistant Director, Institut national des données de santé

    Facilitator

    • Amélie Quesnel-Vallée, Associate Professor, Departments of Sociology and Epidemiology, McGill University
  • Reducing and managing conflicts of interest in clinical practice guideline development: do we need Pan-Canadian standards?

    Hosted in collaboration with the Public Health Agency of Canada

    The Public Health Agency of Canada and its partners identified a need to hear evidence and experiences from a range of jurisdictions and organizations regarding the challenges and impacts of conflict of interest in the development of clinical practice guidelines. Invited participants included experts in CPG production, representatives of major Canadian CPG producers, and end-users such as federal and provincial policy makers, medical professionals and Canadian medical journals.

    More information on the objectives of this BBE, a summary of the evidence presented and a list of recommended readings.

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