A Spring Update

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May 24, 2019 by Marcus O'Neill MSC RD

Happy Spring!

It continued to be slow in terms of recruitment over the Winter, but there are a few study-related activities worth updating about.

Personnel Updates

Chris MacDonald has joined the team in Calgary as a research coordinator. He will be assisting with recruitment and (once trained) RMI-Family interviews.

In Edmonton, Fernanda Ruiz Torres has recently taken over the research assistant role previously occupied by Paulina Cervantes Blanco. She will help us with data entry and booking follow up visits.

Welcome Chris & Fernanda! And best of luck Paulina in your future endeavors!

Conferences & Presentations

As mentioned in our previous post, an abstract I submitted highlighting some of the preliminary data from the study was selected for a Pecha Kucha and Poster Presentation at the 6th Canadian Obesity Summit in Ottawa, Canada. I’m happy to say that I survived the Pecha Kucha and was grateful to be part of such an accomplished group of researchers. The entire week was a reminder of all the incredible obesity-related research taking place across the country.


Presenting at the Pecha Kucha session

Last week I also had the opportunity to present my Obesity Summit poster at our University of Alberta Department of Pediatrics Research Day.


At the Pediatric Research Day

The data presented at these events included baseline data for our first 25 families recruited into the study. In this sample, parents tended report higher levels of importance and readiness to change youth lifestyle habits than the youths themselves. We also observed varied responses between parents and youth in terms of which youth lifestyle habits they perceived they had the greatest ability to change. While these results are not entirely surprising, we are interested to see if this relationship continues as we follow families throughout the year and whether or not it matters in terms of the youths’ clinical outcomes.

Until Next Time.


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