It’s Fall – Time for a (…Long Overdue…) Update

With summer a distant memory and the new school year in full swing, there’s lots of news to catch up on, including:


Andrea Eaton is a new graduate student (MSc in Pediatrics; UAlberta) working with us over the next couple of years. Her thesis research includes working with pediatrician colleagues and families at the Northeast Community Health Centre in Edmonton to complete a Priority Setting Partnership to determine child and family research priorities in primary care.

Nam Nguyen is a 4th year undergraduate student (BSc in Nutrition; UAlberta). Over the next year, as part of his honors thesis, he’ll examine data (quantitative and qualitative) from a new referral pathway we established to enable public health nurses to refer children directly to the PCWH for weight management.

Christina Giese joins us as an Executive Assistant (Medicine & Dentistry; UAlberta) to support our research activities. Along with helping with a recent grant submission to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Christina is helping with two national projects – updating Canadian clinical practice guidelines for pediatric obesity and organizing a continuing education forum with Obesity Canada for clinicians working in pediatric weight management.

Maraika Christiu joined our team recently at the PCWH, providing administrative and clerical support for our families and clinicians. After a lack of continuity over the past year or so, it’s been wonderful for our group to have steady and highly competent support in this role.

Welcome Andrea, Nam, Christina, and Maraika!


Over the past several months, a group of us led the development of a new funding proposal to the CIHR. This new randomized controlled trial was designed to test the impact of patient navigators to prevent attrition in pediatric weight management. Because attrition is common and since premature drop-out reduces the benefits families can gain from clinical programs, we want to help families get the most out of their care. Results of this competition will be released in early 2019.

In support of Andrea Eaton’s work in primary care, we recently submitted a funding proposal to the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute (UAlberta). We’ll learn the results of this funding competition later this fall; resources will be used to determine local research priorities for stakeholders, guiding future research in northeast Edmonton.

For updates on our ongoing studies, check out Team ABC3, RMI-Family, and TeenSaid.



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