Faculty of Health Sciences

FHS Research Conversations

Join us for informal and informative conversations on a range of research topics, issues, and debates. This series is intended for FHS researchers at all stages of the academic trajectory – our newer colleagues who are just developing their programs of research, as well as more senior and well-established researchers. This is an opportunity to share and learn from and with one another. Lunch is provided.

Writing Persuasively: Getting the Attention of Reviewers on the First Page

We all know the importance of writing persuasively. In the world of grant writing, grabbing the attention of the reviewers in the 1st paragraph is often a critical factor in the outcome of a proposal. In this session, we will share ideas from a workshop on grant-writing, discuss strategies to engage the reviewers from the outset, and share examples of proposal beginnings that work well – and some that work less well.

Friday, September 25, 2015

  • Noon - 2:00 pm.
  • HSB Room 417 (Health Promotion Lab)

Facilitated by:

  • Helene Berman, RN, PhD
  • Gord MacDonald, PhD

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Notes from the Field: Navigating the Personal and Political Terrain of Sex Work Research

Sex work is a complex and deeply emotive issue that researchers, community stakeholders, and policy makers approach from divergent perspectives, which are often at odds with how women in the trade perceive of and experience sex work. Using insights from on-going ethnographic  research, some of the personal and political forces that (re)produce the already powerful inequities between these groups of women and those who have a vested interest in the governance of their lives will be discussed.

Friday, October 30, 2015

  • Noon - 2:00 pm.
  • HSB Room 417 (Health Promotion Lab)

Facilited by:

  • Treena Orchard, PhD

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Doing Research with Older Adults: A Spotlight on Our Newer Colleagues

This session will provide an opportunity to engage in dialogue with three FHS colleagues who are all conducting research with seniors, in highly varied contexts. Carrie will speak about her current research exploring how neighbourhoods can shape a sense of social connectedness and inclusion (or social isolation and exclusion) for seniors. Marie will discuss her research with a focus on improving caregiving relationships through enhanced communication and ways to enhance personhood for individuals with dementia. Lindsay will discuss her research related to the benefits of exercise on cognitive functions and brain plasticity in older adults.

Friday, November 27, 2015

  • Noon - 2:00 pm.
  • HSB Room 417 (Health Promotion Lab)

Facilitated by:

  • Carri Hand, PhD
  • Marie Savundranayagam, PhD
  • Lindsay Nagamatsu, PhD

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Why Is Teamwork So Hard to See?: Reflections on the Limitations of Observational Methodology

Using examples from observational research with operating room teams, internal medicine teams, critical care teams and heart failure care teams, this presentation highlights challenges for researchers who seek to understand the sophisticated, often tacit workings of teamwork in the healthcare workplace, including: uncovering multiple meanings, tracing distributed work, and grappling with silence. Methodological & theoretical approaches to these challenges will be considered.

Friday, December 11, 2015

  • Noon - 2:00 pm.
  • HSB Room 417 (Health Promotion Lab)

Facilitated by:

  • Loreilei Lingard, PhD
    Director, Centre for Education Research & Innovation
    Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

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Postdoctoral Fellowships: What Are They? How do I Get One? And what are the Mutual Benefits?

A Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDF) can afford many mutual benefits to faculty researchers and to the individual in the PDF role. In recent years, a growing number of doctoral students have been seeking PDF opportunities, while the advantages to faculty researchers have become increasingly evident. In this session, we invite faculty researchers and postdoctoral fellows to share their experiences. Strategies by which faculty can obtain funds to support a PDF will also be discussed.

Date: TBA

  • Noon - 2:00 pm.
  • HSB Room 417 (Health Promotion Lab)

Facilitated by:

  • FHS Researchers and Postdoctoral Fellows

RSVP to fhsresearch@uwo.ca


International Research Partnerships: Projects, Potential and Pitfalls

Our world is becoming smaller. As clichéd as this is, it is a reality, and with this reality comes greater opportunities for international research partnerships. During this session, colleagues who are collaborating with researchers around the globe will share ‘lessons from the field’, including insights, joys, challenges, and cautionary tales.

Friday, January 29, 2016

  • Noon - 2:00 pm.
  • HSB Room 417 (Health Promotion Lab)

Facilitated by:

  • Lilian Magalhaes, PhD
  • Yolanda Babenko-Mould, PhD

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What's the Big Idea?: From Research Grant to Research Cluster

How do we make the transition from a single study to a program of research that includes large-scale collaboration among an interdisciplinary network of researchers, students, and post-doctoral fellows and the establishment of a research institute? In this session, we will hear from Trevor Birmingham and other colleagues affiliated with Western’s Cluster of Research Excellence in Muskuloskeletal Health about the strategies they used, and lessons they have learned along the way, to achieve success.   

Friday, March 18, 2016

  • Noon - 2:00 pm.
  • HSB Room 417 (Health Promotion Lab)

Facilitated by:

  • Trevor Birmingham, PhD

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Navigating a Rapidly Changing Funding Landscape: Choices and Challenges

The funding landscape for researchers in Canada has shifted dramatically in recent years, and the challenges faced by researchers are substantial – but not insurmountable. In this session, we will hear insights from ‘within’ – from Marilyn Ford-Gilboe who has served as a CIHR reviewer and Scientific Officer, and who has had considerable success obtaining research funds within and beyond CIHR. This session will be an opportunity to discuss options, strategies, and alternatives in the quest for health science research funding.  

Friday, April 1, 2016

  • Noon - 2:00 pm.
  • HSB Room 417 (Health Promotion Lab)

Facilitated by:

  • Marilyn Ford-Gilboe, PhD

RSVP to fhsresearch@uwo.ca


Using Social Media for Research and Knowledge Translation

The use of social media for research purposes has become commonplace over the last few years. In this session, an array of topics, recommendations, and insights related to using social media technology for research and knowledge translation will be discussed.

Friday, April 22, 2016

  • Noon - 2:00 pm.
  • HSB Room 417 (Health Promotion Lab)

Facilitated by:

  • Richard Booth, PhD

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