Research Education Streams

Research Education Streams

The NSHA Research Education Program has organized its educational offerings into three main streams. Topics are based on needs and demand from the research community. Sessions are available remotely through Skype for Business. Pre-registration is not required. Please see below for a complete list of currently available sessions.
NSHA Supports and Services for Research Stream
NSHA Research employees and managers are the heart of many research projects, yet they often have minimal training or direction as they navigate the NSHA research system. To overcome this inefficiency, key skill building sessions are offered to improve efficiency of staff, reduce frustrations, and lead to timelier turn-around time on research project tasks. These sessions are recommended for NSHA research employees and Principal Investigators conducting NSHA REB approved research.
Learning Objectives of NSHA Supports and Services stream:
  • Interpretation and thorough understanding of internal NSHA research process
  • Acquisition of research skills leading to timelier turn-around on project tasks
  • Building Confident research employees to maximize efficiency of research funds
Upcoming Sessions: (re-booked due to COVID-19)
TBD, 12-1pm   
Pharmacy and Lab Interdepartmental Agreements for Research
Description: Your study budget covers the cost of lab and / or pharmacy services, but ever wonder exactly what these costs include? Learn from the experts at this interactive session including both lab and pharmacy. This session will cover the fee for service agreement(s) and answer your questions how and what these teams do to ensure your trial runs smoothly from behind the scenes.
Presenters:  NSHA Research Pharmacy Staff: Stephanie Boudreau, Kim Bruce-Payne, Joanna Arsenault; and Jennifer Craig, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, NSHA
August 20, 2020, 12-1pm          
Improving Quality of Initial REB Submissions and Ongoing REB Reporting
Description: Understanding the Ethics Application Form in ROMEO can be overwhelming, yet its completion is vital to a successful submission. Pair that with requirements of a lay language protocol summary, expectation of a gr. 8 reading level for the Informed Consent Form and the room-for-error escalates. We are offering this REB educational session to help research groups prepare high quality REB submissions by learning helpful tips, common omissions, oversights and pitfalls.
Presenters:  Brittany Scott, Administrative Research Coordinator, Hematology Research, NSHA and Joan Morrison, REB Coordinator, Research & Innovation, NSHA

Building Research Capacity Stream

Recommended for members of the NS Research Community who are new to writing research proposals, funding applications or who want to brush up on related skills. These sessions would be of most benefit to Early Career Investigators (PhDs, physicians, residents, fellows, other health care professionals etc.) or research staff who are interested in learning more, assisting with or are developing their own research studies.
Learning Objectives of Building Research Capacity stream:
  • Understanding successful Grant applications: what reviewers want to see
  • Increasing secured research funding by building confident researchers
  • Increased production of high quality research projects originating from NSHA
  • Quality adult learning – through both hands-on and open discussions
  • Improving project efficiency and reducing frustrations, leading to timelier turn-around time on project tasks
  • Networking opportunities for novice researchers to connect and collaborate with more experienced researchers as well as Research, Innovation and Discovery staff
  • Cultivating a strong and supportive research culture within NSHA
Upcoming Sessions: (re-booked due to COVID-19)
July 8, 2020, 12-1pm                       
Data Access for Research at NSHA
Description: How do I access data at NSHA for Research? Have you asked this question? You are not alone. Join Steven Carrigan in a review of the recent data access process implemented through NSHA Performance and Analytics. Also covered will be the data access framework which includes legal overview, importance of privacy and aggregate data, responsibilities, principles and timelines including REB approval.
Presenter: Steven Carrigan, Manager, Performance and Analytics/Quality and System Performance, NSHA
July 15, 2020, 12-1pm                   
REDCap: Who, What, When, Where
Description: This lecture-style presentation will provide a general overview of the REDCap data collection platform available to all researchers at NSHA.
Presenter: Chris Theriault, Senior Research Database Specialist, Research Methods Unit, NSHA
July 29, 2020, 12-1 pm                 
Early Career Investigators at NSHA: Lesson’s learned on the bumpy road to success
Description: You are invited to an open discussion about the journey and investment in research of two early career NSHA investigators and highlights of what they have learned along the way. The duo will cover challenges of carrying out research, peer review - both manuscript preparation and grant submissions; the need for collaboration and hiring experienced staff as well as time management. They will talk about the importance of regulated clinical trials and their relevance.
Presenter: Dr. Karthik Tennankore, Division of Nephrology & Dr. Jennifer Jones, Divison of Digestive Care & Endoscopy
TBD  2020, 12-1 pm         
The Design and conduct of economic evaluations as part of clinical trials: An introduction.
Description: The role of economic evaluations in the allocation of scarce health resources is increasing: they inform policy debates about whether an intervention provides value for money to be adopted. This introductory session is about designing and conducting economic evaluations as part of pragmatic clinical trials. Topics covered will include an overview of the steps involved, study design considerations, preplanning, and the attributes of pragmatic clinical trials that make them relevant to the policy debate. These topics are equally relevant for the design and conduct of economic assessments of observational studies.
Presenter: Prosper Koto, Research Health Economist, Research Methods Unit, NSHA

Research Regulations

Target Audience:
Research employees working day-to-day on Health Canada regulated clinical trials and/or industry sponsored clinical trials involving investigational drugs, natural health products and medical devices. These sessions provide continuing education for competency maintenance of the CCRP/ACRP designation.
Learning Objectives for Regulations education stream:
  • Improvement in compliance, quality and data integrity of research at NSHA
  • Overall reduction in institutional and Health Canada inspection findings
  • Notification and provision of NS Privacy and Health Canada requirements, expectations and updates
  • Comprehensive evaluation and practical hands-on learning for the day-to-day work of the research coordinator delegated by a Qualified Investigator
  • Continuing Education for CCRP/ACRP
Upcoming Sessions: (re-booked due to COVID-19)
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July 23, 2020, 12-1pm                       
Health Canada regulated trials versus non-regulated research studies: Similarities and differences in regulatory requirements/legislation
Description: This is the session to end the confusion and break down the barriers! Learn when and why ICH-GCP, TCPS and other regulations, legislation, and policies are applicable, and just as importantly, when not applicable.
Presenter: Michele Chappell, Research Quality Program Manager, Research & Innovation, NSHA
July 28th, 2020, 12-1pm                   
Health Canada: How COVID-19 impacts things such as regulations, compliance, CTA applications, and reviews
Description: Health Canada will discuss highlights from the COVID-19 guide and the introduction to flexibility relating to COVID-19 clinical trials in Canada. They will spend time answering your questions, so come prepared to receive answers directly from the regulators.
Presenter: Alicja Kasina, The Clinical Trial Compliance Program, Health Canada
Note: Some post-session recordings are also available for viewing on the NSHA Vimeo Channel.
Contact: Program Manager: Andrea Dean, 902-473-2118