Faculty Research Workshop: The True Meaning of Patient-Oriented Research

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 09:00to12:00
Strathcona Anatomy and Dentistry Building Room M/48, 3640 rue University, Montreal, QC, H3A 0C7, CA

A light lunch will follow.

Please join us for our next Faculty of Dentistry Advanced Research Seminar and Workshop. View flyer


"From Structures to Policy: The True Meaning of Patient-Oriented Research"


Dr. Jocelyne Feine


Dr. Laura Stone, PhD - Faculty of Dentistry, Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain, McGill University

Dr. Jocelyne Feine, Professor in the Faculty of Dentistry and Associate Member in the Departments of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and Oncology in the Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, YMCA

Dr. Christophe Bedos, Dentist with a PhD in public health, Associate Professor with the Faculty of Dentistry at McGill University and an Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Medicine at the Université de Montréal

Dr. Akanksha Srivastava, PhD trainee at Division of Oral Health and Society, Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University

Workshop summary

The speakers will discuss how each of their particular methods/approaches can lead to improving health in populations. The objective of this seminar is to familiarize the participants with various health research approaches and how all of these play important roles in improving health in individuals and populations. Dr. Stone will discuss the age-old nature vs. nurture debate will be revisited with a new twist. Growing evidence suggests that environmental factors, including the experiences of our parents, can fundamentally alter the function of our genes, change our behavior and increase risk factors for a wide range of chronic conditions. The potential implications of these recent insights on the role of socioeconomic factors in public health will be highlighted. Dr. Feine will present the argument that double-blind randomized clinical trials are not the best way to assess the efficacy of palliative therapies for chronic conditions. She will present studies in chronic pain and oral implants for complete denture prostheses to support this hypothesis. Dr. Bedos will explain how qualitative research has changed his life and transformed his research. Dr. Srivastava will briefly talk about her journey of discovering her relationship with the society as a researcher- from being a neutral outsider to a liberal relativist to an overt partisan. She will highlight the potential of participatory action research in changing/informing policies with several examples, including her PhD research proposal.

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