How Research Helps Broken Bones Heal: A Spotlight on the Fraser Orthopaedic Research Society

Did you know that there are eight different types of fractures but also 206 bones in our body?  That means 1648 possible combinations of surgical or non-surgical intervention.   

Investigating which types of surgical procedures work best for patients has been a part of the Royal Columbian Hospital Orthopaedic Department’s research program for 20 years.  Formerly guided by Dr. Robert McCormack for the majority of that period, the Fraser Orthopaedic Research Society is now lead by Dr. Kelly Apostle.  Mauri Zomar, their Research Manager, has supported the department’s physicians in conducting 66 clinical research trials, 25 of which are currently active.  In addition, as a site that trains University of British Columbia orthopaedic residents, the research conducted here helps these residents learn research skills.  

These clinical trials focus on determining whether a surgical intervention is better or worse or no different from a non-surgical intervention.  They are important because their goal is to ensure that patients have the very best likelihood of a good outcome following care.  Learn more about these important results that came from the Fraser Orthopaedic Research Society studies on our website or clicking on the link below.
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Congratulations to the Fraser Centre 2018 Funding Award Recipients

The BC SUPPORT Unit Fraser Centre is pleased to announce the successful projects and fellowships from their fall funding award opportunities. The Planning Awards support multidisciplinary teams (patient, researcher, clinician, and decision maker) to develop collaborations and plan their patient-oriented research or knowledge translation. This is the second year for this opportunity and had received seven excellent applications of which four received funding.

This was the first time that the Fraser Centre offered this fellowship competition for Simon Fraser University (SFU) graduate students and Fraser Health clinicians interested in patient-oriented research. A total of five graduate students and two Fraser Health clinicians were successful candidates for a stipend and training to build their capacity to conduct patient-oriented research and knowledge translation projects.

The outcomes of these projects and initiatives will be shared in the coming months at events such as the Researchers Café: Stories of Patient-Oriented Health Research, featuring two 2017 Planning Award recipients.  Be sure to join us at the Cafe on March 12.
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Library Services Toolbox

Need evidence-based information at your fingertips?  Have you tried using UpToDate?  

UpToDate provides current, evidence-based clinical information at the point of care.  It’s easy to search and delivers high quality information which is regularly updated by clinical subject specialists.  

UpToDate synthesizes the latest and best available evidence into treatment and diagnostic recommendations. Because UpToDate answers clinical questions in real time, it can be a handy tool to incorporate into daily bedside rounds.  It can improve patient care and reduce the need for consultations and unnecessary diagnostic tests.  

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Upcoming events

Logic Models and Indicators | February 12
Logic models are used to illustrate what the program is planned to do and accomplish.  This workshop will cover basic components of logic models and you will learn how to develop one for your program.  Register here.
Get Ready to Do Research (Virtual Class) | February 14
This workshop will outline how you can access support services from our department to help develop your research/evaluation project. We will also go over key requirements for conducting research which sets you on the path to success. Register here.
Designing Quantitative Research and Evaluation Projects | February 22
This workshop tackles common design features for projects that use numbers to answer questions. We will cover important design considerations, such as how to minimize bias and choose the right design for each question. Register here.
Researchers Cafe: Stories of Patient-Oriented Health Research | March 12
Come attend this free cafe to hear about four different research teams that include patients as partners.  This event is co-hosted by the BC SUPPORT Unit Fraser Centre. Register here.

Funding opportunities

Fraser Health Department of Evaluation and Research Services
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR)
Vancouver Foundation
  • Participatory Action Research Grants
    • Convene Grants |  Open call
    • Investigate Grants 
      • Fraser Health Internal Deadline:  January 23, 2019
      • Full Application deadline: January 25, 2019
  • System Change Grants
    • Develop Grants | Open call
    • Test Grant 
      • Fraser Health Internal Deadline:  January 23, 2019
      • Full Application deadline: January 25, 2019
    • Scale 
      • Fraser Health Internal Deadline:  January 23, 2019
      • Full Application deadline: January 25, 2019
  • Innovations at Work
    o    Fraser Health Internal deadline:  February 12, 2019
    o    Full Application deadline: February 15, 2019
Questions about funding? Contact our research development specialist to help you with individual grant funding searches.

What's new in research ethics

FHREB Full Board Meeting Schedule - 2019 

The Fraser Health Research Ethics Board's (FHREB) full board meeting schedule for 2019 is now available on our website. Click here.

External Conferences and Training Opportunities

PopData BC Webinars | Various | Online and In-Person 
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International Conference on Economics and Finance Research (ICEFR) | January 28-29 | Toronto, ON
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Biospecimen Research Methods  | February 05 - March 20 | Online
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4th World Congress on Nursing Education & Research | April 12-13 | Toronto, ON
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Canadian Society for Epidemiology and Biostatistics: 2019 Biennial Conference | May 13-15 | Ottawa, ON
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