Nova Scotia has a growing health research community and we at the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation want to promote the important and impactful health research that we are funding in Nova Scotia. Two years ago, the NSHRF began travelling across the province profiling researchers and research teams that are making a REAL difference for the health of Nova Scotians.

Researchers Matter 

The Foundation sat down with the current Minister and past Ministers of the Department of Health and Wellness to ask why they believe researchers matter.


Queer Birthing Stories

Dr. Lisa Goldberg, an associate professor in the School of Nursing at Dalhousie University discusses her research project “Birthing Relationships and Rural Health Practices: The Experiences of Queer Women and Their Perinatal Care Providers.”


Forensic Mental Health Stories – Challenging the Notion of Success

Dr. Jamie Livingston, Saint Mary's University

Statistics show the forensic mental health system plays a pivotal role in the lives of people found Not Criminally Responsible on Account of Mental Disorder (NCRMD), according to Dr. Jamie Livingston, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Saint Mary’s University.  Despite this, research is disproportionately focused on individuals whose recovery was unsuccessful. Livingston thinks the success stories need to be told. In fact, he was awarded an NSHRF Establishment Grant to do just that.  

Dr. Livingston points out that in academia and health care alike, there has been little attention paid to NCRMD people who safely return to their communities post treatment. “We know that most people won’t reoffend, but most of the research is concentrated on those who reoffend”, he says. “I found that interesting and wanted to rectify that distortion, that unbalanced presentation of the facts of what happens in the system.”  Read more...

Paramedics Behind the Scenes

Dr. Alix Carter (@alixcarter1), Jan Jenson (@Janjensenjan) and Dr. Judah Goldstein (@Jgldstn78

The sights and sounds of an ambulance racing down the street is an experience many of us can relate to. Whether it’s as the unfortunate patient in the back, or pulling over to provide a clear path – emergency services are often overlooked until we can see them. But it’s the work that Emergency Health Services (EHS) are doing behind the scenes that is truly underappreciated and often times unrecognized.

EHS in Nova Scotia is undertaking important research and the Nova Scotia EMS Research Program is led by a team that includes EHS Performance Manager, Jan Jensen, Dr. Alix Carter, the EHS Medical Director of Research and the Director of the Dalhousie University Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of EMS and Dr. Judah Goldstein, EHS Research Coordinator.  Read more...


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Dr. Janice Keefe

Overcoming Risks and Building Opportunities

Dr. Rudolf Uher (@RudolfUher), Dalhousie University

There is a national dialogue in Canada surrounding mental health and the need for better access to care and research for those struggling with mental illnesses. Dr. Rudolf Uher, the current Canada Research Chair in Early Intervention in Psychiatry, has assembled a team that is developing targeted interventions for young people at risk to develop a mental illness.

By working with young people in their formative years, his team is aiming to prevent mental illnesses from ever developing. More than five years after the study began, Rudolf’s research team, Families Overcoming Risks and Building Opportunities for Well-Being (FORBOW) team is making a real impact on families living with mental illness. Read more...


A New Prism of Research

Dr. Anne Sophie Champod (@DrASChampod), Acadia University

iPad’s and mobile devices have increasingly become a part of our daily lives – from paying for groceries to booking flights, they have undoubtedly made our lives easier. However, more recent trends have seen the development of mobile applications (apps) focused on improving the health of users.

Anne Sophie Champod, an assistant professor at Acadia University cross-appointed to Dalhousie University and an Affiliate Scientist at the Nova Scotia Health Authority, has overseen the development and testing of a game-changing (pun intended) app called “Peg-the-Mole” to treat a common syndrome of those who have suffered a stroke –spatial neglect. Read more...




Confidence in Motion

Dr. Derek Rutherford (@djr4pt), Dalhousie University

More than 4.6 million Canadian adults report having arthritis –with approximately 1 in 10 people diagnosed with osteoarthritis, a debilitating joint condition which is one of the most prevalent chronic health conditions in the country and a leading cause of disability. Although so many Canadians are affected by this condition, there is a lack of knowledge existing on the proper treatment.

Dr. Derek Rutherford, an assistant professor in the School of Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University, cross-appointed to the Schools of Health and Human Performance and Biomedical Engineering and an Affiliate Scientist at the Nova Scotia Health Authority research aims to examine if stress tests can aid in understanding what treatment is needed to reduce the pain associated with osteoarthritis. Read more...



Shaping the Culture of Health Care in Nova Scotia

Dr. Krista Ritchie (@KristaCorinne) & Dr. Erna Snelgrove-Clarke (@KTErna)


An alarming statistic shows that it takes approximately 17 years for research to get in to the hands of clinicians. A concept known as evidence-based practice (EBP) is trying to solve this ongoing problem by integrating the latest evidence into a clinical setting. However, little is known about if, and how collaborative health care teams including nurses, doctors, pharmacists, and/or occupational therapists actually learn and utilize EBP.

Health care professional’s attitudes and habits are majorly formed and reinforced during their time as a student/trainee, therefore Dr. Krista Ritchie, Mount Saint Vincent University, and her research team believe it is critical to target the student population when understanding how evidence is put into action. Read more...