Health Research Seminar Series

The UNBC Health Research Institute, with input from the School of Health Sciences, School of Nursing, School of Social Work, the Northern Medical Program and other units across campus, are excited to announce the establishment of a regular Health Research Seminar Series this fall.

The goal of the Health Research Seminar Series is to offer a regular place for students and faculty to engage in discussions about current health research from across all programs and campuses of UNBC. The Series runs every 4 weeks during the Fall and Winter semesters. To ensure everyone can access the presentations, each session will be broadcast via Zoom and recorded for viewing on this site. The HRI would like to recognize Sun Life Financial for their contribution to the seminar series.

Please visit this page for updates to the schedule and topics. Zoom recordings of the presentations will be added to this page following each presentation.

Speaker Schedule for 2021/2022

Time: 2:30-4:00pm

Location: 7-152 and Virtual


Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021

Speakers: Members of the HRI Leadership Council and other UNBC health researchers

Title: UNBC's diverse Health Research Careers - A panel discussion


Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021

Speaker: Dr. Malgorzata Kaminska | Assistant Professor, Northern Medical Program

Title: "Should I sit or should I go? Exploring the role of our legs in cognitive performance enhancement"


Date: Thursday, November 18, 2021

Speakers: Dr. Martha MacLeod | Professor, Nursing and Health Sciences, NH-UNBC Knowledge Mobilization Research Chair,  Steinunn Jonatansdottir, PhD (c) and Research Trainee, Peter Zimmer, Patient Researcher and Leana Garraway, Co-Lead BC Support Unit Northern Centre & Manager, HRI

Title: Patient Orientated Research: Discussion and Reflections


Date: Thursday, December 16, 2021

Speaker: Dr. Margot Parkes | Professor, Health Sciences and Northern Medical Program

Title: "Healthy Confluences and River Conversations: Lessons from Eco-social Approaches to Public Health from Oceana to Canada"


Date: Thursday, January 20, 2022

Speaker: Dr. Karen Davison | B.A.Sc (Guelph) Dietetic Internship (UBC), M.Sc. (UNBC), Ph.D. (Calgary)

Title: "Navigating Nutrition-Related Factors and their Relationships with Mental and Cognitive Health"


Date: Thursday, February 3, 2022

Speaker: Dr. Margo Greenwood | PhD (UBC), MA (UVic), BEd (Alberta) Professor Education and First Nations Studies

Title: "Dreaming it into Being: the Realization of the National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health"


Date: Thursday, February 17, 2022

Speaker: Dr. Taru Manyanga | Assistant Professor, Division of Medical Sciences

Title: "Movement Behaviors & Health Outcomes in Children and Youth: Which Interventions Work and for Whom?


Date: Thursday, March 17, 2022

Speakers: Dr. Julia Bickford, Regional Director, Research Evaluation and Analytics, Northern Health, Dr. Marcelo Bravo, Lead, Patient Orientated Research and KT Capacity Building,Co-Lead, BC Support Unit Northern Centre, and Dr. Esther Alonso-Prieto, PhD, Chair Research Review Committee, Lead, Clinical Research Ethics.

Title: "So you want to do research with Northern Health?  Understanding the role of research administration, and knowledge translation at Northern Health."


Date: Thursday, April 21, 2022

Honours Student Presentations

Presenters & Title
  • Lindsay Carpenter | Asexual patients generating recommendations for future healthcare research
  • Aiden Winkel | A review of health literacy recommendations in support of the creation of an automated aid for health communication professionals
  • Hayley Hirvi | Methods of pain management in rural Canada: A scoping review
  • Gemma Marchant | Recreational cannabis legalization in Canada and the effects on monthly opioid-related deaths
  • Jonathan Doyon | Bridging knowledge systems: A comprehensive review of health indicators in Indigenous community context