69th Spring Conference
Carleton University

Engaging and fostering healthy communities

More information to follow

Friday, May 4, 2018

4:00-6:00 p.m. Arrival and registration
6:00-8:00 p.m. Dinner
8:00 p.m. Welcome, Themes and questions
8:15-9:30 p.m. Alastair Summerlee (President) The Lucky Iron Fish®: A small solution to a big problem. Dr. Summerlee’s  current research focuses on iron deficiency and a simple innovation, known as the Lucky Iron Fish® which has the capacity to alleviate the condition for almost two billion people worldwide.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

7:30-8:45 a.m. Breakfast
9:00-10:10 a.m. Farah Hosseinian (Chemistry) The Jerusalem Artichoke: an ancient plant for future clean sugar. The Jerusalem artichoke, an indigenous North American plant, is high in inulin, which is suitable for Type 2 diabetes, obesity and other blood sugar-related health conditions. It is potentially the future sugar, also improving sustainability and feasibility of Agri-food in Canada.
10:10 a.m. Coffee break
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Eran Ukwatta (Systems and Computer Engineering) Algorithms for physiological monitoring: engaging intelligent technologies for healthy living.The overarching theme of Dr. Ukwatta’s research is to develop computer algorithms for enabling previously inaccessible medical-imaging based biomarkers for patient diagnosis and monitoring.
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Paul Peters (Health Sciences) Dirt Research Meets Health Research. Dr. Peters will be talking about his  work on rural health in small and remote villages in Canada, Australia, and Sweden, focusing in particular on engaging students and communities in the research process.
2:45 p.m. Coffee break
3:15 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Free afternoon
6:30-8:30 p.m. Dinner
8:30 p.m. Social time

Sunday, May 6, 2018

7:30-8:45 a.m. Breakfast
9:00-10:10 a.m. Katie Gunnell (Psychology) Exploring the relationships between mental health, exercise and screen time in children and youth. Dr. Gunnell’s research examines the impact of behaviours such as physical activity and screen time on mental health.
10:10 a.m. Coffee break
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Chantal Trudel (School of Industrial Design) Obvious and Not So Obvious Initiatives in Designing for Health. Professor Trudel from the School of Industrial Design will share examples of design work focused on improving healthcare systems, but also work that moves beyond this traditional domain, to address health issues people may be facing within the community.
12:00 p.m. Lunch –  Conference ends.