Research Results

Nova Scotia researchers are continuing to yield excellent research for advancing knowledge. Below are results from some of the research that we have funded.

Factors in reducing spread and fatalities associated with colorectal cancer (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Paul J. Veugelers

Health inequalities in Nova Scotia: Future developments and directions for health policy (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Paul J. Veugelers

Brine shrimp uses to help enhance understanding of cataracts (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Thomas MacRae

Marijuana tested for glaucoma relief (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigators: Orlando Hung, Anna-Maria Szczesniak and Melanie Kelley

How useful are screening tools to help assess children at high risk of developing a mental illness? (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Leslie Anna Campbell

Do you and your doctor agree on which antidepressant is best for you? (PDF Attachment])
Principal Investigator David Gardner

Site of diagnosis an important factor in outcome for patients with schizophrenia (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigators Lili Kopala and David Whitehorn

Glaucoma: New diagnostic and treatment approaches (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Marcelo Nicolela

Long-term treatment for bipolar disorder (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Martin Alda

Using fruit flies to cut research costs… and find a cure for HPS (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Vett Lloyd

Inside Echinacea (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Allyn Meredith Bowen

Understanding how the body’s central nervous system does the locomotion (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Robert Brownstone

Preventing falls among seniors (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Doug Sinclair

Better understanding asthma by understanding smooth muscle cells (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Geoffrey Maksym

Understanding more about Niemann-Pick C disease (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Melanie Dobson

First study to examine role of mast cells in cystic fibrosis (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Tong-Jun Lin

How helpful are anti-dementia drugs? (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Kenneth Rockwood

Insight into the relations between binge eating and binge drinking (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigators: Sherry Stewart and Catarina Brown

Improving outcomes for people with heart and kidney transplants (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigators: Gregory Hirsch and Time Lee

Measurements and finite element modeling of stapes and prosthesis vibration modes following surgical middle ear hearing reconstruction in the cadaveric human ear (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Manohar Bance

The Nova Scotia Multiple Sclerosis Integrated Database (NS MSID) Update Project (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigators: T. Jock Murray, Murray Brown, John Fisk and Ingrid Sketris

On the move: Mobile diabetic retinopathy clinics in Nova Scotia (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Vladimir Kozousek

Quality of Life.com: Web-based continuing education for occupational therapists (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigators: Elizabeth Townsend, Suzanne Le-May Sheffield, Robin Stadnyk and Brenda Beagan

New nurses expected to “hit the ground running” (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator Mary-Lou Ellerton

Replacing brain cells in the diseased or injured brain (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Ivar Mendez

Is telemedicine cost-effective? (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Johane Robitaliie

Understanding how the liver functions – and how to combat liver disease (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Christopher Sinal

Hope for controlling intestinal inflammation (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Andrew Stadnyk

Using business techniques to better manage Nova Scotia’s supply of platelets (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigators: John Blake and David Anderson

Risk factors for explored esophageal cancer (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Alan Casson

Bacterial food borne infections: A safer food supply for the new millennium (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigators: Rafael Garduno, Tom Gill and Walter Schlech

Offering the help that's needed: Rural responses to the mistreatment and neglect of older people (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Joan Harbison

Leading through disaster – psychological aftermath of hurricane Juan (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Kevin Kelloway

Melanoma: Under the microscope (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Richard Langley

In their own words: Tapping the wisdom and experience of public health nurses (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigators: Donna Meagher-Stewart and Megan Aston

A synchronicity of color in the mirror – Cancer in the black community (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigators: Lorna Butler and Joan Evans

Individualized telephone counseling intervention for people with cancer (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigators: Barbara Downe-Wamboldt and Lorna Butler

The effects of a home-based strength training program on independence and immune function of older Nova Scotians (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: René J. L. Murphy

Poverty, policy and health of children in the Maritimes (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Shelley Phipps

Menopause and the “Strong Black Woman”: The midlife health and well being of African Canadian Woman (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Josephine Etowa

Proximity may make the grown fonder (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Ansar Hassan

Improving reflex bladder function in people with spinal cord injuries (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigators: John Downie and Victor Rafuse

How can we help NS children with autism succeed in school? (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigators: Penny Corkum, Susan Bryson and Isabel Smith

New research transforms embryonic stem cells into axial motor neurons (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Prabakaran Soundararajan

Using brainwaves to help brain-injured patients (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Celeste Lefebvre

Exploring new therapy for heart repair (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Nichole McMullen

Maintaining hope and well-being in retirement (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Matthew Prosser

Helping to promote good nutrition in food-insecure single-mother families (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Meaghan Sim

Is there a care gap in treatment of atrial fibrillation? (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Wayne Putman

The heart of the matter: Cardiovascular disease at the cellular level (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Tanya McCarthy

From the public’s perspective: Assessing primary care in Capital Health (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Fred Burge

Treating the fear of fear (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Margo Watt

Linking to a better understanding: The NSHelpLink project (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Susan Kirkland

The tools to read: Comparing intervention strategies for children with down syndrome (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Patricia Cleave

Understanding bacteria involved in periodontal disease (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Stephen L. Bearne

Mapping the role of tumor suppressors in protecting and promoting cancer (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Paola Marignani

Training researchers in the ethics of health research and policy (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Susan Sherwin

Studies point toward potential protein targets for treatment of ovarian cancer (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Mark W. Nachtigal

Thriving results: The international resilience project and at-risk children and youth (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Michael Ungar

Training the next generation of health informatics research experts (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Michael Shepherd

Building the tools to assess adolescent health in Nova Scotia (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigators: Donald Langille and Gail Tomblin Murphy

Molecular chaperones protect cells and prevent disease (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Thomas McRae

Understanding adolescent pain behaviors may help chronic suffers (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Jill Hatchette

New software gives researchers a better understanding of evolution (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Andrew J. Roger

How can we reduce the risk of colon cancers for colitis suffers? (Stadnyk Colon [Attachment])
Principal Investigator: Andrew W. Stadnyk

Local researchers work to improve palliative care (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigators: Wendy MacCaull and Heather Jewers

New robotic arm capable of performing neurosurgery (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Weimin Shen

New study analyzes histamine function in fruit flies to better understand human physiology (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Ian A. Meinertzhagen

A better understanding of how cells share information (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Roy Duncan

What are fat hormones doing for the brain? (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigators: Michael Wilkinson and Ehud Ur

Muscles matter – even in the womb (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Boris Kablar

What we don’t know about traveling with children (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Natalie Yanchar

Building a new model of post-treatment care for lung cancer patients and their families (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigators: Lorna Butler and Murali Rajaraman

Solving the problem of insulin absorption in adolescents with type one diabetes (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Cummings

Obesity – is it all in our head? (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Michael Wilkinson

Thy-1 – a possible key to our immune system (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: David Hoskin

Workplace violence: Policing, nursing and teaching all violent jobs (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Stephen Perrott

The origin and nature of stress responses in women and men (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Tara Perrot-Sinal

Enzyme paving the way to new antibiotics (Jackman Antibiotics [Attachment])
Principal Investigator David Jackman

Child life specialists: Helping to manage children’s pain (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Nancy Bandstra

The benefits of skin-to-skin contact for mothers and the early mother/infant relationship Bigelow Skin (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Ann Bigelow

Waiting for heart surgery: what is the impact of Nova Scotians? (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigators: Jafna Cox and Gregory Hirsch

Lower PAPP-A levels a factor in pregnancy risk (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigators: Anne Spencer and Linda Dodds

Age and low-back pain: Understanding the differences (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Cheryl Hubley-Kozey

New research into anticancer agent (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigators: Pollen Yeung and Amyl Ghanem

Understanding how society shapes sexuality and helping young First Nations women at risk (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Allison Reeves

Hunger and health in Atlantic Canada (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigators: Meaghan Sim, Theresa Glanville and Lynn McIntyre

Paying for robustness with efficiency – understanding biological trade offs (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Joseph Bielawski

Improving cardiac outcomes for people with diabetes (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Lawrence Title

Understanding amblyopia (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Kevin Duffy

Cancer Care for the elderly (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigators: Lorna Butler and Marilyn Macdonald

Prenatal Screening (PDF Attachment)
Principal Investigator: Victoria Seavilleklein