At this critical time in human history, low grade inflammation and immune dysfunction are both a non-communicable disease (NCD) reality and a metaphor for broken systems. In this new era, it is becoming increasingly important to integrate seemingly disconnected areas of research. This is the ongoing mandate of inFLAME.
The 2018 program promises to be the most exciting yet, with new speakers who bring expertise to many exciting, diverse and intersecting topics.
This is one of the most beautiful places imaginable to talk about the importance of healthy environments for human health and resilience. Our rich program so far includes:
- Urban landscapes, mobility and environmental impacts on child health
- Early immune phenotypes: disease and microbial signature associations
- Epigenetic sign posts for predicting and preventing disease
- Dynamics of the microbiome and metabolome in early life
- Restoring sustainability, health and mutualism in the Anthropocene
- Projected effects of climate change on food, water and human health
- Influence of indoor and outdoor environmental microbiomes
- Personalised data clouds for understanding wellness and predicting disease
- Microbiota, immunoregulation, and mental health: implications for public health
- Impact of ultra-processed foods in western and Indigenous populations
- Maternal obesity, microbiome and offspring effects.
- Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) and the food allergy epidemic
- Nature relatedness and novel pathways to reduce stress and inflammation
- Nutritional interventions and probiotics forthe gut-brain-immune axis
- The anti-inflammatory effects of positive emotions for health and resilience
- Optimism interventions for improved outcomes in children
- Mindfulness and inflammatory markers
- Antimicrobial resistance, food safety and animal health
- Solastalgia: understanding the stress and distress caused by environmental degradation
- Early life stress, noise, sleep disruption and immune disease
……and much, much more!!
Thanks to all who have submitted abstracts so far. Travel awards have closed but general abstracts are open until January 30th 2018.
Wishing you all the best for the Festive Season!
See you in the Canadian Rockies!
(Photo credit: Project for Public Spaces)
Dr. Dan Fuller (Neighbourhood Factors Team Co-leader) at Memorial University | St. John’s Newfoundland is hosting this Expert Workshop to:
- discuss the future of walkability measure,
- work on conceptual definitions of walkability,
- identify new and emerging methods for measuring walkability, and
- chart the way forward for CANUE as we implement the next wave of wakability metrics.
WATCH for the workshop summary on our reports page in December.
9am – 10:30am pacific | 12 noon – 1:30pm eastern
Do you manage a cohort, health survey, or administrative health database? Please join us for an overview of our upcoming urban environmental exposure data release, and a discussion of logistics for receiving and merging our data with yours.
We will be giving the same overview on September 20th, 26th and 28th to accommodate as many of you as possible. Just choose the most convenient date!
Read the recently completed CANUE Health Data Holder Survey, identifying opportunities and issues for data merging.
Introduction of CANUE team
Overview of data sets
themes (air pollution, greenness,etc.)
conditions for use
Data delivery and merging
planned delivery dates
push and pull model
ad hoc requests
CANUE tool development
unique exposure combinations tool
temporal aggregation tool
spatial aggregation tool
Q/A and discussion
Environment Canada is currently working on the 2.5 km High Resolution Deterministic Prediction system (HRDPS), expected to become operational next year.
This webinar-style meeting will highlight some of the health databases that CANUE researchers typically use, and provide an overview of these new weather/climate datasets. The overall objective of the meeting is to explore the utility of HRDPS data sets for conducting health research, and identify which health databases might be of most interest, as a first step in working together to advance our research agendas.
Overview of cohorts/health databases and opportunities for weather/climate research
Presentation: Environment Canada
HRDPS model/outputs, reanalysis opportunities
Priorities for data development/linkage
9am – 10am pacific | 12 noon – 1pm eastern
Join us for a quick CANUE tour! Find out how CANUE works, what we do, how we can help you advance environmental health research in Canada and abroad, and move evidence into policy and practice.
ON June 20th, members of CANUE’s Greenness Team met by conference call to provide an update on current work and discuss a range of technical issues related to measuring greenness.
CANUE’s Weather and Climate team met on May 8th | 2017 to review their research program and upcoming activities. Meeting slides are available here (CANUE Weather and Climate Meeting May 8 2017) and include:
- a brief overview of climate, weather and health linkages (Dr. Tim Takaro)
- a description of the PAVICS platform (pavics2016_eng) currently under development by OURANOS which aims to improve access to weather and climate data in Canada(Diane Chaumont and Blaise Gauvin St-Denis)
- a discussion of types of metrics that may be of interest and proposed next steps (Dr. Johan Feddema)
The near-term goal of the Weather and Climate team is to develop methods for producing weather and climate metrics using NRCAN’s 10km gridded dataset that may be relevant to human health, such as:
- daily temperature – minimum, maximum, average, range
- daily precipitation – total millimeters
- weekly, monthly and annual summary metrics
- ‘health’ degree days – number of days above or below identified thresholds of high or low temperatures
- potential and actual evapotranspiration – indicates wetness or dryness and may indicate flood potential
The 10km downscaled dataset from BC’s Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) was evaluated as well, however, modelled data after 2005 are not adjusted with observed levels and so may reflect model assumptions more than actual conditions.
Mahdi Shooshtari, CANUE’s Data Scientist, will be working with Diane Chaumont (Team Co-leader) and Blaise Gauvin St-Denis at OURANOS in early June to develop methods for producing indicators from the data holdings in PAVICS.
On December 7th and 8th | 2016, over 80 CANUE members gathered in Toronto for our inaugural workshop with the goal of building our strategic plan. Dr. Jeff Brook’s welcoming remarks, the Keynote Address by Harold Madi, and the Team presentations are now available on our YouTube channel.
We are gathering in Toronto on December 7th and 8th to formalize our plans for data development and sharing, environmental health research, and knowledge translation and exchange. Please join us by webcast to hear more about CANUE and our vision for the next five years.
CANUE SYMPOSIUM: URBAN ENVIRONMENT and HEALTH: NEW OPPORTUNITIES December 7th, 2016 – Dalla Lana School of Public Health | 10:00 – 11:30am eastern Walkability, noise, greenness and air pollution are some of the common features of the built environment that can have profound effects on human health. Please join us for this fascinating symposium on […]