On November 23, 2022, the Office of Research and Markham Family Medicine Teaching Unit hosted their first Research Day mini-conference. This in-person and virtual event welcomed Dr. Andrew Pinto and Dr. Rima Styra as keynote speakers addressing changing trends in health care during COVID-19.

Dr. Pinto is the founder and director of Upstream Lab, a research team focused on tackling social determinants, population health management, and using data to enable proactive care. He spoke to the need for innovative upstream and primary-care approaches as key lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Styra is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at University of Toronto and works in the Medical Psychiatry Program at University Health Network, Toronto General Hospital as the Director of the Department of Psychiatry Division of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry. Dr. Styra presented on the importance of patient-reported outcomes when designing large studies and creating surveys. Dr. Styra touched upon a large multi-site COVID-19 trial investigating mental health outcomes among health care workers and the development of the Toronto Aortic Stenosis Questionnaire (TASQ) through patient interviews for survey development.

During the poster presentations and mix-and-mingle segment, our research coordinators and investigators showcased the various research projects taking place across Oak Valley Health.

We look forward to sharing more exciting research opportunities with you next year!

Congratulations to our Research Day 2022 award winners

Research Poster Award

  • Circulating Tumor DNA Analysis Informing Adjuvant Chemotherapy in Stage III Colon Cancer: A Multicentre Phase II/III Randomised Controlled Study (DYNAMIC III) project (by Albie Law, Dr. Sam Babak, and Dr. Shivani Dadwal)

Research Poster Award

  • Investigating the effects of COVID-19 on the breast cancer journey at Oak Valley Health (by Noah Bryan and Dr. Leena Hajra)

Research Council Award

Awarded by the Oak Valley Health Research Council for best overall research study that exemplifies benefits for patients/families/community, contributes to the research literature, and demonstrates innovation and knowledge dissemination.

  • Chinese newcomers’ perceptions of primary care within the Health for All clinic (by Joanne Permaul and Dr. Stephen Marisette)