LABORATOIRE IMPACTS LABORATORY

Laboratoire d’Investigations sur les Mécanismes et Prédicteurs de liens entre Activités physiques, autres Comportements et Trajectoires de Santé

Pr Said Mekari’s research project on the effects of physical activity on the brain in the elderly population is well underway

Pr Said Mekari’s research project on the effects of physical activity on the brain in the elderly population is well underway

Pr Said Mekari‘s research project on the effects of physical activity on the brain in the elderly population continues. This study offers a 10-week community-based physical activity and cognitive exercise program to French-speaking minority participants living in rural areas. The IMPACTS Lab study team, consisting of Isadora Quirion, Pierre FAIVRE and Shirko Ahmadi, continues to collect and analyze data. IMPACTS Lab would like to thank the Village of Memramcook, the Abbey-Landry School for their support, and of course all the study participants. Photo: Shirko Ahmadi, Pr Saïd Mekari and Pamela Tanguay, who came to help the main team.

Welcome to Victoria Dorimain, 2023-2024 Fellow of the Institut universitaire de première ligne en santé et services sociaux

Welcome to Victoria Dorimain, 2023-2024 Fellow of the Institut universitaire de première ligne en santé et services sociaux

Victoria Dorimain is a doctoral research student in health sciences at the Université de Sherbrooke. Her project aims to evaluate the impact of the school context and environment on physical activity and mental health among high school students. Victoria is interested in practice-based research where individuals and communities are stakeholders in approaches and actions aimed at equity, diversity and inclusion in relation to the determinants of health. She also values scientific vulgarization, the development of research skills in primary care and the mobilisation of clinicians with the aim of promoting practice-based research. Victoria holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Sciences and a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. She was recently awarded a doctoral scholarship for 2023-2024 from the Institut universitaire de première ligne en santé et services sociaux (IUPLSSS).

She is pursuing her doctoral studies under the co-direction of two professors from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences – Université de Sherbrooke: Pr Mathieu Belanger of the Laboratoire d’Investigations sur les Mécanismes et Prédicteurs de liens entre Activités physiques, autres Comportements et Trajectoires de Santé (IMPACTS) and Pre Martine Shareck, Canada Research Chair in Urban Health Equity and Youth and Director of the Équité en santé urbaine laboratory. Pre Anne-Marie Turcotte-Tremblay, also co-director, is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Nursing at Université de Laval and a researcher at VITAM – Centre de recherche en santé durable. Congratulations Victoria on your IUPLSSS scholarship, and welcome to the IMPACTS Lab team.

A new doctoral student in health sciences research joins the IMPACTS Lab team: Jennifer Hakim

A new doctoral student in health sciences research joins the IMPACTS Lab team: Jennifer Hakim

Welcome to Jennifer Hakim, doctoral candidate in Université de Sherbrooke Health Sciences Research program at the Centre de formation médicale du N.-B. Jennifer holds a Master’s degree in Health Services Management from the Université de Moncton, as well as a Doctorate in Medicine from her native Lebanon. Over the years, and as a result of her personal experience, she has developed a particular interest in the barriers faced by foreign-graduated physicians in their professional integration into New Brunswick. Her research project, under the co-direction of professors Mathieu Belanger and Said Mekari, aims to understand the barriers and facilitators to the professional integration of foreign-trained physicians upon their arrival in the province.

Jennifer enjoys spending her free time with her family and her two boys, and is constantly on the lookout for new things to discover. She is passionate about reading, learning languages and exploring cultures through travel.

Faut que ça bouge !

Faut que ça bouge !

Congratulations to Pierre Lavoie and Jean-François Harvey on the publication of “Faut que ça bouge!”, which addresses the need to implement an approach and practices that promote physical activity among young people aged 1 to 18. Lab IMPACTS is proud to note that many of the book’s findings are supported by results from its longitudinal MATCH study, lead by Prof. Mathieu Bélanger, principal investigator. The book is available Éditions de l’Homme website.

Prescribing physical activity during pregnancy leads to prodigious benefits

Prescribing physical activity during pregnancy leads to prodigious benefits

A scientific article by Pre Latifa Saidi, Pr Pierre Godbout, Camille Morais-Savoie, Pierre Philippe Wilson REGISTE and Pr  Mathieu Belanger recently published in  BMC Pregnancy and Childbrith is being talked about on Radio-Canada’s national airwaves from Acadia to British Columbia: https://lnkd.in/eRwkCySK A simple intervention with major health benefits for mothers and babies. Congratulations to the team behind this innovative project:  Université de Sherbrooke, Réseau de Santé Vitalité, le Centre de formation médicale du Nouveau-Brunswick, l’Université de Moncton and the members of IMPACTS Lab.

Pierre Philippe Wilson REGISTE is awarded a scholarship from the Université de Sherbrooke

Pierre Philippe Wilson REGISTE is awarded a scholarship from the Université de Sherbrooke

Our most sincere congratulations to our colleague Pierre Philippe Wilson REGISTE on his award of a scholarship by the Axe/Thème and the Centre d’excellence de l’Université de Sherbrooke (CEUS) in diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular complications. This is a scholarship of excellence offered to students who distinguish themselves by the quality of their academic record.

Pierre Philippe Wilson is a doctoral student in the Université de Sherbrooke‘s health sciences research program, working in the IMPACTS Laboratory at the Centre de formation médicale du N.-B. His project, supervised by professors Mathieu Belanger and Said Mekari, focuses on physical activity in adolescents and its effects on their health in early adulthood. Sincere congratulations!

End of IMPACTS Lab research internships for Caroline Gagnon and Marie-Andrée Giroux, Doctor of Medicine students at the Centre de formation médicale du Nouveau-Brunswick

End of IMPACTS Lab research internships for Caroline Gagnon and Marie-Andrée Giroux, Doctor of Medicine students at the Centre de formation médicale du Nouveau-Brunswick

The IMPACTS Lab team would like to thank Caroline Gagnon and Marie-Andrée Giroux for their contributions over the past few weeks to the research work underway at the Laboratory.

Caroline Gagnon worked with Prof. Saïd Mekari to better understand the hemodynamic and metabolic responses of the brain during physical activity: “The research internship enabled me to deepen my knowledge of the effect of exercise on slowing cognitive changes associated with aging. I also had the chance to test subjects using different devices that allow us to see the link between physical activity and the brain. I also carried out a literature review on concussions in athletes, which also enabled me to familiarize myself with the new guidelines on this subject. It’s an area of study that’s close to my heart. Finally, I particularly enjoyed learning more about the role of researchers in the healthcare system.”

As for Marie-Andrée Giroux, she worked mainly on the APRES study with Pr Mathieu Bélanger and Pamela Tanguay, a doctoral student in the health sciences research program at the Université de Sherbrooke: “I plan to continue collaborating on research projects as part of my medical practice, so this internship has been very useful for me, as it has given me the opportunity to broaden my skills by working on a research project based on qualitative methods. Until now, I had mainly used the quantitative approach. This experience enabled me to build on what I’d already acquired by providing me with additional tools to fuel my future collaborations. I particularly appreciated the warm welcome and positive atmosphere fostered by the IMPACTS Lab team. The social side of the team was present from the beginning to the end of my internship, from the lively lunch hours to the running club, and I feel privileged to have been able to expand my professional network via the stimulating contacts made within the team.“.

The team wishes you, ladies, an excellent third year in the medical program. We wish you all the best!

Daniel Saucier, Keynote Speaker, at the annual Let’s Talk Science National Outreach Conference

Daniel Saucier, Keynote Speaker, at the annual Let’s Talk Science National Outreach Conference

Daniel Saucier, a doctoral student in the Université de Sherbrooke’s health sciences research program, was invited to share his experience with Let’s Talk Science at the organization’s 2023 national outreach conference held at Western University, Ontario, from June 1 to 4.

Daniel has been volunteering with Let’s Talk Science since the program was set up at the Université de Moncton in 2016, and has been site coordinator since 2020. Since the beginning of his mandate as coordinator, the Université de Moncton outreach site has experienced phenomenal growth: in less than a year, nearly 10,000 young people have benefited from workshops focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and aimed at developing critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and problem-solving skills.

I see how an outreach program like Let’s Talk Science inspires young people to develop a scientific mindset. This would not be possible without the support of my fellow coordinators and the many volunteers eager to share their passion for STEM.”

For more information on Let’s Talk Science’s mission and their various science outreach programs, visit their website at: https://parlonssciences.ca/

Grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for the APRES research project of the Centre de formation médicale du Nouveau-Brunswick

Grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for the APRES research project of the Centre de formation médicale du Nouveau-Brunswick

Professor Mathieu Belanger, researcher at the IMPACTS Laboratory of the Centre de formation médicale du Nouveau-Brunswick (CFMNB) and professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine at the Université de Sherbrooke, has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Pr Said Mekari, Director of Research at the CFMNB (co-investigator) and Pamela Tanguay (doctoral student in the UdeS health sciences research program), both from the IMPACTS Laboratory, are also part of the team, as are Pre Nicole Marquis (co-investigator) from the School of Rehabilitation in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the Université de Sherbrooke, and Ms Monique Dufour-Doiron from the Réseau de Santé Vitalité. The aim of the study is to evaluate the effectiveness of a new cardiac rehabilitation model in French-speaking minority communities. Researchers will also evaluate the effects of the cardiac rehabilitation program on quality of life, functional capacity, anxiety and depression.

 

Welcome to Caroline Gagnon

Welcome to Caroline Gagnon

Welcome to Caroline Gagnon, a 2nd-year medical doctoral student at the Centre de formation médicale du N.-B., who is doing a summer research internship at ImpactsLab with Prof. Said Mekari and his team with the aim of understanding the hemodynamic and metabolic responses of the brain during physical activity. This internship is part of a pilot project to gather preliminary data to optimize the prescription of physical activity to slow the decline in cognitive functions associated with aging.

Caroline has been involved in sport since her youth. She has been named Athlete of the Year for the 2022-2023 season by Sport universitaire de l’Atlantique (SUA) and U SPORTS de l’Université de Moncton. A specialist in the 60 m hurdles, she is also captain of the Université de Moncton women’s track and field team for a second consecutive year. Caroline is particularly interested in family medicine and aspires to establish a sports medicine practice.