Keeping kids safe on bikes, skateboards and more: New research shows helmet laws reduce head injuries
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New research from BC Children's Hospital Research Institute and BC Injury Research & Prevention Unit (BCIRPU) shows that helmet laws really do make a difference
The study, which appears in the July issue of Chronic Diseases and Injuries in Canada, shows Canadian children living in areas with laws mandating helmet use were more than twice as likely to wear helmets and were significantly less likely to suffer from head injuries. Read more ...
Congratulations to DNCH Trainees Manon Ranger, Jullian Vinall and Sravan Jaggumantri
We would like to take a moment to celebrate a few of our trainees who have been recognized with awards in the last month.
Manon Ranger feels very privileged to have received from NeuroDevNet-ISDN a Trainee Travel Award to attend the Joint Meeting of the 20th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for Developmental Neuroscience (ISDN) and the 5th Annual NeuroDevNet Brain Development Conference in Montreal this July.
She also received a Research Institute Trainee Travel Award as well to attend the same conference. At the NeuroDevNet-ISDN conference she will present a poster on recent work done in the NICU of the BC Children’s Hospital with Dr Liisa Holsti and Dr Ruth E Grunau. The poster is titled “Frontal brain activation, systemic cardiovascular and behavioral responses to heel lance in very preterm infants.”
Jillian Vinall, a PhD Candidate in Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia, was also 1 of 50 successful applicants to be awarded a NeuroDevNet-ISDN Trainee Travel Award to attend the Joint Meeting of the 20th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for Developmental Neuroscience and the 5th Annual NeuroDevNet Brain Development Conference (NeuroDevNet-ISDN) in Montreal, this July.
Under the supervision of Dr. Ruth Grunau and Dr. Steven Miller, Jillian has been examining whether “Early neonatal pain exposure and brain microstructure interact to predict neurodevelopmental outcomes at 18 months corrected age in children born very preterm”. She will be presenting this work at the NeuroDevNet-ISDN meeting. In addition, this abstract was also selected for a platform presentation at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting in Vancouver, May 2014, and was awarded the title of Best Clinical Poster at the Canadian Pain Society Meeting in Quebec City, June 2014.
Sravan Jaggumantri was accepted into the Research Institute Training Program in Bridging Scientific Domains for Drug Safety and Effectiveness (DSECT program) for the year April 2014 – March 2015. DSECT was established through the CIHR Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research program and is funded by the Drug Safety and Effectiveness Network (DSEN). DSECT trainees will learn to integrate concepts and findings across the drug discovery, applied clinical practice and policy spectrum to optimize use of therapeutics.
He was also awarded the Rare Disease Foundation Microgrant of $3500 this May for the project “The International Pyridoxine Dependent Epilepsy Registry: for innovative therapies and improved outcomes”. The project was ranked #1 in the competition. This international observational registry study will help generate more solid evidence on the effect of various interventions, gain insights into pathophysiology of the disease to help guide clinical monitoring and management of PDE patients.
Sravan was selected for a Research Institute Travel Award to present a poster titled ““Personalized Evaluation Model for making informed decisions in treatments for individuals with intellectual disability” at the 20th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for Developmental Neuroscience and the 5th Annual NeuroDevNet Brain Development Conference this July in Montreal.
Risky play and skinned knees are key to healthy child development
“The way we’re treating children isn’t conducive to raising kids that are going to be independent and able to get out in the world and manage risks for themselves,” says Mariana Brussoni. Read more ...
New website provides free training to identify, treat and prevent concussions in young athletes
Based on the latest research and best-practice recommendations, this toolkit was developed by researchers with the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit at the BC Children's Hospital Research Institute and the University of British Columbia. Read more ...