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Statistics Canada Research Data Centres
Second Annual Network Conference

From Human Development and Health Research to Public Policy:
The Challenge of Knowledge Transfer

September 20-21, 2004
Rozsa Centre
University of Calgary

Sponsored by:
The National RDC Network, The Centre for Health and Policy Studies, University of Calgary Research Services, The Office of the President, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology, and Information Resources.


The 2004 Research Data Centre Network Conference will be held at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta.

Date: Monday, September 20 - Tuesday, September 21, 2004
Theme: From Development and Health Research to Public Policy: The Challenge of Knowledge Transfer
Where: Sessions will be held in the Rozsa Centre at the University of Calgary. Sessions and breaks will take place in 3 separate areas in the Rozsa Centre:
  • Husky Oil Great Hall (Opening remarks, Session 1, and breaks & lunches)
  • CIBC Hub Room (Sessions 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, and presentations for the poster sessions)
  • Scotia Bank Milling Area (Poster Session Displays)
  • Eckhardt-Gamatte Hall (Evening Pleanry Session)

Internet access will be available throughout the Information Commons, 2nd Floor, Library Block

A campus map is available online.

Conference Program
Date &
Time Session
Mon. Sept 20
Rosza Centre
8:00 - 9:00 AM Conference Registration & Continental Breakfast
Husky Oil
Great Hall
9:00 AM Opening Remarks

Dr. Raymond Currie, Chairman of the National Network Committee of the Research Data Centres

Dr. Stephen Randall, Dean of Social Sciences (invited)

Dr. Tom Noseworthy, Director, Centre for Health and Policy Studies (CHAPS)

9:15 - 10:30 AM Session One: Measuring the National Population Health and Mental Health of Canadians: Issues and Opportunities

Gary Catlin, Statistics Canada, Ottawa, 'Health Surveys and Links to Health Services'

Dr. Don Schopflocher, Alberta Health and Wellness, 'Optimizing the use of Health Survey data: Challenges for researchers (and governments).'

10:30 - 10:45 Coffee Break
CIBC Hub Room 10:45 - Noon Session Two: Issues in Child Development

Dr. Karen Benzies and Leslie-Anne Keown, University of Calgary, "Parenting, Family Environment and Childhood Aggression: Evidence from Four Cycles of the NLSCY"

Allison Harell and Dr. Dietlind Stolle, McGill University, "The Role of Childhood Experiences in the Development of Social Capital"

Dr. Lynda Gagne, University of Victoria, "Social Housing and Children's Development Outcomes"

Dr. George Frempong and Abena Asante, York University, "Mathematical development of children from diverse backgrounds: Findings from the NLSCY"
Husky Oil
Great Hall
Noon - 1:15 PM Hosted Lunch
CIBC Hub Room 1:15 - 2:30 PM Session Three: Medical and Non-medical Factors in Health Care Utilization

Dr. Hude Quan, Andrew Fong, Dr. JianLi Wang, Dr. William Ghali, Dr. Richard Musto and Dr. Tom Noseworthy, University of Calgary and CHAPS,"Health Services Utilization in Canadian Ethnic Populations"

Christopher J. Fries, University of Calgary, "Ethnic Influences of the Usage of Alternative Medicine: What Canadian Doctors Need to Know"

Emilie Bergeron, Dr. Louise Fournier, Dr. Pasquale Roberge and Dr. Leo-Roch Poirier, University of Montreal, "Determinants of Services Utilization among young Canadians suffering from Mental Disorders"

Dr. Pasquale Roberge, Dr. Louise Fournier, Emilie Bergeron and Dr. Leo-Roch Poirier, University of Montreal, "Epidemiology of anxiety disorders in Canada: Social costs and health care utilization"

Husky Oil
Great Hall
2:30 - 2:45 PM Coffee Break
CIBC Hub Room &
Scotia Centre Milling Area
2:45 - 4:30 Poster Sessions: Participants will summarize their research in a five-minute presentation followed by informal networking around the posters.

Cat Tuong Nguyen, University of Montreal, "Descriptive portrait of depressive disorders among young Canadians"

Jason Walker, Dr. Janet Fast and Dr. Donna Dosman, University of Alberta, "A portrait of work-life conflict and balance among employed Canadian caregivers"

Mamun Mahmud and Dr. Alain Lesage, University of Montreal, "Utilization of Services for Mental Health Reasons: Do Canada and the US differ in rates, determinants and equity of success"

Marie-Rachelle Narcisse, University of Montreal, "Positions sociales et tabagisme au Canada"

Dr. Norah Keating, Dr. Donna Dosman, Dr. Janet Fast, and Dr. Priscilla Koop, University of Alberta, "Sharing the work: Care networks and frail seniors in Canada"

Dr. Shawn Currie and Dr. JianLi Wang, University of Calgary, "The role of major depression in predicting onset of back pain"

Rozsa Centre
Eckhardt-Gamatte Hall

7:00 - 8:30 PM

Plenary Session Open to the Calgary Community

Opening Remarks

Dr. Fraser Mustard, Founder of the CIAR, "The Policy Implications of Advances in Human Development Research" (tentative title)

The Honorable Iris Evans, Minister of Children's Services
Title: TBA

Discussant: Dr. Kenneth J. McKenzie, Inaugural Director of the University of Calgary's Institute for Advanced Policy Research

Followed by a Wine & Cheese Reception

Tues Sept 21
Rosza Centre

8:00 - 9:00 AM

Coffee Service & Conference Registration
CIBC Hub Room 9:00 - 10:15 AM Session Five: Community Interests in the Pursuit of Evidence-Based Public Policy

Dr. John McLennan, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary, "Research to practice and policy...a long way to go: The case of parenting programs in Canada"

Dr. Joseph Hornick, Dr. Michael Boyes, and J.T Gomes, University of Calgary, "Building a Future: A Process Analysis of the Edmonton Home Visitation/Early Childhood Development Initiative"

Dr. Suzanne Tough, The Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research, "Developing Policy and Best Practices in Child and Adolescent Development"

Marilyn Dyck, Executive Director of the Back Door, A Youth Employment Society, "Street as Culture and Culture as Agent of Change"

Husky Oil
Great Hall
10:15 - 10:30 AM Coffee Break
CIBC Hub Room 10:30 - 11:45 AM Session Six: Childhood Disorders Related to the Social Environment

William Midodzi, Zhiwei Gao, and Dr. Senthilselvan Ambikaipaken, University of Alberta, "Adjusting for clustering of children within same household: Analysis of NLSCY to determine predictors of childhood asthma"

Zhiwei Gao, University of Alberta, "Prevalence and risk factors of asthma and wheeze in children from Northwest Territories and Yukon in Canada"

Lisa N. Oliver, Simon Fraser University, "Do neighbourhoods influence child and youth overweight in Canada? An investigation of relations between the neighbourhood socioeconomic environment and child and youth overweight using the NLSCY (Cycle 4)"

Lisa Strohschein, Univerity of Alberta, "Effects of parental divorce on child mental health trajectories"

Husky Oil
Great Hall
11:45 - 12:30 Hosted Lunch

CIBC Hub Room 12:30 - 1:45 PM Session Seven: Empirical Studies of Depression

C.A. Beck and Dr. S.B. Patten, University of Calgary, "The relationship between major depression and thyroid disease: Does treatment of thyroid disease make a difference?"

Ms. Aliya Kassam and and Dr. S.B. Patten, University of Calgary, "Co-morbid major depression and fibromyalgia in Canada: A population-based study on functional impairment"

Dr. JianLi Wang, CHAPS and University of Calgary, "The risk of recurrence of major depressive episode(s) in the general population"

Dr. Scott Patten, University of Calgary, "A descriptive Markov Model for major depression in the general population"

Husky Oil
Great Hall
1:45 - 2:00 PM Coffee Break
CIBC Hub Room 2:00 - 3:15 PM Session Eight: Advances in Knowledge Based Innovative Surveys

Ms. Laurie M. Corna, Dr. John Cairney, Dr. Terrance J. Wade, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, University of Toronto, and Brock University, "Evidence of Family Structure Deficits on Health and Social Behaviours 17 years later"

Paul Millar and Dr. Augustine Brannigan, University of Calgary, "Highlights from the Child Maltreatment National Surveys: The Causes and Sequels of Child Abuse"

Dr. David Este and Francis Boakye, University of Calgary, "The Racism, Violence and Health Study: The Health and Well-Being of African Canadians in Halifax, Toronto and Calgary"

Dr. Daniel Lai, University of Calgary, "Socio-cultural and economic correlates of health status of the aging Chinese-Canadians"

Hotel Information

Recommended accommodation:

Other accommodation options near U of C campus:
Program Coordinator
Dr. Gus Brannigan University of Calgary Program Chair

Local Arrangements
Mary Westell University of Calgary Local Arrangements
Sharon Neary University of Calgary Local Arrangements
Laurie Schretlen University of Calgary Local Arrangements
Anita Bortnik University of Calgary Local Arrangements