Category: Blog Posts

HIV Prevention Efforts: Our Learning in Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda

Project Duration: Dec 1, 2008 to January 31, 2009 This award supported a fact finding visit to Rwanda, Ethiopia and Kenya to gather information about male circumcision as a means of HIV prevention. Activities in Rwanda included surgical exchange and demonstration of male circumcision (MC) methods, and meetings with staff and leadership. Several themes emerged: …

HPV Vaccine Program Evaluation

Project Duration: April 1, 2009 to September 30, 2011 This study was conducted to determine the baseline (i.e. pre-vaccine) HPV type specific prevalence in a population-based sample of women presenting for routine cervical cancer screening. From June 2010 to December 2010, a total of 2,100 physicians from all health regions in the province were invited …

mHealth Pilot for HIV/AIDS in BC

Project Duration: May 1, 2011 to April 30, 2013 Patient engagement in care and adherence to medication are critical to achieving the full benefits of antiretroviral therapy (ART) among people with HIV infection. A randomized control trial in Kenya, WelTelKenya1, showed that an interactive mobile phone text messaging intervention can improve adherence and viral load …

Etiological Discovery of CFS, Lyme, Lupus

Project Duration: July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2015 Patients with symptoms of fatigue, memory change and musculoskeletal change, similar to Lyme disease, but without history of acute Lyme disease, may be diagnosed as having chronic or late Lyme disease. This group resembles those with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS). This study assesses …

DPIC Visual DotLab Enterprise

Project Duration: July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012 The BC Drug and Poison Information Centre provides a 24-hour toll-free poison information service to all British Columbians. The ability of specially trained health care professionals, including pharmacists and nurses, to provide treatment advice and information regarding poisonings, drug overdoses and chemical exposures will be enhanced …

Western Canadian Immunization Forum 2011

Project Duration: July 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011 BCCDC hosted the 2011 Western Immunization Conference in Vancouver, working in collaboration with representatives of the governments of Alberta and Yukon, the BC Ministry of Health, BC’s regional health authorities (Fraser Health, Interior Health, Northern Health, Vancouver Coastal Health, and Vancouver Island Health), First Nations and …

BCCDC Celebrate Research Week

Project Duration: September 1, 2011 to December 31, 2016 BCCDC has held a highly successful annual research symposium involving internal staff and external guests, beginning in 2008. In 2011, the format was extended from a 2-day event to a week-long “Celebrate Research” activity. The intent was to achieve even greater staff involvement, enhanced profile for …

Molecular Epidemiology of TB in BC

Project Duration: June 12, 2012 to February 28, 2017 Federally and provincially, Canada is committed to reducing the rates of tuberculosis (TB) over the next decade. In BC, innovative molecular epidemiology techniques have been used to reconstruct person-to-person rates of transmission in large outbreaks. This project examines the hypothesis that high risk infectious individuals moving …

QUEST – Quadrivalent HPV Vaccine Evaluation Study

Project Duration: August 31, 2012 to August 30, 2013 This program is part of a national initiative (QUEST) to compare the durability and efficacy of 2 different vaccination programs against HPV in girls ages 9-12. Participants are enrolled across Canada. Vaccine is given as either 2-doses or 3-doses as part of a larger clinical trial. …

Hepatitis Education Forum

Project Duration: September 1, 2012 to October 31, 2012 The hepatitis education and care program for professional health care workers provides a series of workshops to support the delivery of information about education prevention and hepatitis clinical care delivery in western Canada. The workshops have been well attended with excellent evaluations that have commented especially …