May 5, 2021 | from Science Behind the Scenes
British Columbia-based ECCC Research Scientist, Christine Bishop, has collaborated with the En’owkin Centre in the Okanagan Valley in the interior of the province for the last twenty years to advance their mutual interest in the conservation of the Western Yellow-breasted Chat. Despite not being able to travel to Penticton in 2020, Christine says the strong foundation in partnership between the two organizations, combined with an adaptive field work protocol, empowered the En’owkin Centre to continue the research project. “When you have a long-term database, you might think one year is just another dot on the graph,” she says. “But it’s actually really important, when you are talking about wildlife populations, to be able to track them from one year to the next because things can change a lot between years.”
Dr. Carrie Bourassa on tuberculosis among Indigenous Peoples and her personal story with the disease
March 24, 2021 | from The Science of Health
Every year, March 24 provides an opportunity to raise awareness of TB, which is a serious infectious disease that affects people’s lungs. TB is still not eradicated in Canada and in particular in the North among Inuit communities. Overall TB rates in Canada are quite low (around 4.9 per 100,000 people), but for Inuit Peoples the TB rates are 300 x higher, comparable to rates in developing countries.
March 15, 2021 | from The Science of Health
Running a world-class research facility involves a lot of precision and expertise. Have you ever wondered how facilities like the Public Health Agency of Canada’s (PHAC) National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) produce trusted work? The answer lies in part with the brilliant scientists who conduct the research, but also relies on a team of expert support staff who maintain a workplace with strict technical measures at every turn to ensure a quality outcome
March 8, 2021 | from The Science of Health
Understanding the effects of new products and technologies is increasingly important in our fast-paced world. By understanding the potential health impacts of new products, research scientist provide guidance on ways to use them safely, resulting in policies, regulations and guidelines that weigh risks and benefits of all kinds of innovations.
March 1, 2021 | from The Science of Health
Dr. Lozeva-Thomas comes from a family of smart, strong, independent, well-educated women. They helped shape her life (and her inquisitive mind) from an early age. She always knew that she wanted to enter the medical profession in order to help people overcome their illnesses. What she didn’t know was how far that dream would take her — and that the different paths she would follow would lead her to where she is right here, right now.
February 24, 2021 | from The Science of Health
Industrial emissions, or pollutants released into the atmosphere from industrial activities, contribute to local and regional air pollution. In fact, major industries, such as petroleum refineries, power plants, metal smelters and pulp and paper mills are significant emitters of three of the most common outdoor air pollutants particulate matter, sulfur oxides and nitrogen oxides.
February 17, 2021 | from The Science of Health
February 17, 2021 | from The Science of Health
As a child, Dr. Neda Nasheri felt drawn to making a positive impact on the lives of others. However, the odds were stacked against her.
Despite the fact that her educational pursuits were encouraged by her family, the political situation in her country, her gender and her religion meant that she was denied higher education. Not one to back down from adversity, Dr. Nasheri found a way to achieve her undergraduate degree at a specialized private university, which led her to an academic career in sciences and, ultimately, to her work at Health Canada.
February 10, 2021 | from Cultivating Science
This past year the whole world was pulled into the life of an epidemiologist.
Epidemiologists in the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) Animal Health Science Directorate are used to following infectious diseases around the world as they come and go. These emerging diseases sometimes raise the alarm for scientists in multiple countries. In some cases, when they make it into the mainstream media, family and friends express concern as well. The work of epidemiologists was at the forefront and words like the “R number” became a common household term, as the rise of the SARS-CoV-2 virus brought about a global pandemic. Despite the challenges the pandemic has placed on health systems, economics, food supply, education and mental health, it has also provided opportunities to advance science.
February 10, 2021 | from The Science of Health
Daily exposure to air pollution can affect our health, potentially leading to chronic lung disease, heart attacks, strokes, and even death. Health Canada Research Scientist Dr. Hwashin H. Shin uses her expertise in mathematics and statistics to better understand the link between air quality and the health of Canadians.
February 10, 2021 | from The Science of Health
It is no secret that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on youth in Canada. As I have highlighted in my latest annual report, school closures, increased unemployment, limited access to services, and prolonged physical distancing measures have meant that youth have experienced isolation, mental health challenges, and potentially unsafe home environments.
January 18, 2021 | from The Science of Health
January 13, 2021 | from The Science of Health
It can be easy to take for granted that the air we breathe is healthy. Dr. Scott Weichenthal, a Research Scientist at Health Canada and Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University, is examining the content of the air we breathe in several cities across Canada. His research seeks to understand the short and long-term health effects of exposure to specific types of airborne particles found in air pollution.
December 16, 2020 | from Science Behind the Scenes
November 23, 2020 | from The Science of Health
Accurate and timely testing is an essential part of Canada’s response to control the spread of COVID-19. When someone tests positive for COVID-19, they self-isolate to limit further spread and the contact tracing process begins to identify other individuals who may have been exposed. This process helps to protect not only the individual but also their family and their community so that everyone can follow public health recommendations. In the absence of an authorized vaccine, testing and contact tracing are some of our most powerful public health tools to limit the spread of the virus.
November 19, 2020 | from The Science of Health
Radon is a radioactive gas released by the decay of uranium deposits in the soil. It’s odourless and colourless, and when it’s released outdoors the low concentration poses absolutely no health risk. However, inside our homes, radon can become trapped, reaching levels that become dangerous over time. All homes have some radon, but levels vary depending on local soil deposits, type of construction, and ventilation.
November 17, 2020 | from Science Behind the Scenes
October 23, 2020 | from Science Behind the Scenes
September 28, 2020 | from The Science of Health
Did you know that cooking is one of the largest sources of air pollution in your home? Every time you turn on that stove, particles may be released into the air, which could cause health issues in the long run. The solution is not to stop cooking entirely and eat out every day! Instead, just ventilate when you cook. Turn your kitchen exhaust fan on when you start cooking and leave it on for about 5 to 15 minutes after you finish cooking, or open a window, to help improve the air quality in your home.
September 21, 2020 | from The Science of Health
September 17, 2020 | from Science Behind the Scenes
For many of us, working at Environment and Climate Change Canada is more than a job – working directly on the frontlines in the fight against climate change is a calling. At ECCC, many of our scientist are dedicated to tracking the long-term effects of a changing climate, contributing to an important body of evidence that informs the public, as well as decision-makers. We are proud to share the work of Lawrence Mudryk, Ross Brown, Chris Derksen, Kinson Leung, Vincent Cheng and David Phillips as part of the recently published State of the Climate in 2019 report.
September 15, 2020 | from Science Behind the Scenes
In 1987, all 197 member states of the United Nations came together to adopt the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. This environmental agreement regulated the production and consumption of human-produced chemicals, such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) — found in products such as aerosols — that deplete the ozone layer. Now, more than 30 years later, we continue to recognize the positive impacts of this landmark protocol to protect the shield that absorbs most of the Sun's ultraviolet radiation.
September 11, 2020 | from The Science of Health
August 18, 2020 | from Science Behind the Scenes
August 17, 2020 | from The Science of Health
In the face of a changing climate, Canadians must learn to adapt to protect their health and their communities. Even as we take efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, changes in climate will continue to affect our lives and health. Knowledge of the impacts of climate change and the options for adapting has increased greatly over the last 20 years, thanks to experts and scientists who continue to work on this key issue.
August 6, 2020 | from The Science of Health
On January 26, 2020, a team of specialized respiratory illness researchers at the Public Health Agency of Canada’s (PHAC) National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) restlessly awaited the arrival of a delivery that would change Canadian history. A sample from Canada’s first presumptive positive COVID-19 case. As soon as the patient was presumed positive for COVID-19, the NML was preparing to have the virus shipped to their laboratory in Winnipeg to confirm the diagnosis.
June 25, 2020 | from Cultivating Science
March 5, 2020 | from Canadian STEM Femmes
Christy Arseneau is Science Director, Forest Health and Biodiversity, at the Atlantic Forestry Centre in Fredericton, New Brunswick. She is originally from Dalhousie, NB, and has a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of New Brunswick and a Master of Forest Conservation from the University of Toronto.
February 28, 2020 | from Science Behind the Scenes
February 19, 2020 | from Below the Waterline - GSC at BIO
February 11, 2020 | from Canadian STEM Femmes
The Exposure Assessment Section of Health Canada is a multi-disciplinary research team in the field of air pollution science. Their work supports government decision-making, academic advancement, and scientific resolution of questions related to air pollution exposure in Canada. The team includes dedicated scientists with expertise in epidemiology, geography, (bio)statistics, environmental health and modeling, engineering, and toxicology.
February 10, 2020 | from Cultivating Science
- Canada's Extended Continental Shelf Program
- Canadian Arctic Expedition 2016
- Career Alliance 360 (2016)
- Coppermine River Expedition (2017)
- E-postcards from the Arctic (2014)
- E-postcards from the Field (2015)
- Investigating permafrost on the bottom of the Beaufort Sea (2017)
- Science Mutters (2019)
- Small Science, Big Discoveries (2017-2019)
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