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St. FX and NCCDH welcome visiting scholar from Ireland

Written ByDianne OickleDianne Oickle | May 18, 2017
Dianne Oickle

Dianne Oickle, MSc, BSc

Knowledge Translation Specialist

Dianne is a dietitian with over 15 years’ experience working in public health in Ontario focused on reproductive and child health in a mostly rural setting with many diverse clients. Part of her work involved development of practice guidelines for health professionals, train-the-trainer initiatives, public presentations, educational resource development, working with the media, community coalition and network support, writing for the public and professionals, and program planning, implementation, and evaluation. She has taught university nutrition courses, worked with the provincial network supporting and advocating for dietitians in public health practice, and precepted over 20 dietetics and other students. Dianne earned her BSc in Nutrition and Consumer Studies (now Human Nutrition) at St. Francis Xavier University, and her MSc in Nutrition from the University of Saskatchewan.

St. Francis Xavier University (St. FX) and the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) are pleased to host Professor Margaret Barry, PhD, from the National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway. Professor Barry’s three-week exchange visit May 29 – June 9, 2017 is made possible by a Dobbin Atlantic Scholarship from the Ireland Canada University Foundation, provided with support from the Irish Government.

St. FX and NCCDH supported Professor Barry’s application to the Dobbin Atlantic Scholarship Programme, a competitive process whereby successful applications have been assessed by a panel of appointees from Atlantic Canada and Ireland as meeting the objectives of the program, including potential for scientific innovation, finding new ways to work in partnership, and exploring shared opportunities for research and learning. 

As Head of the Health Promotion Research Centre (HPRC) at NUI Galway in Ireland, designated as a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre, Professor Barry’s desire is to draw on the expertise at St. FX, NCCDH, and in Atlantic Canada to inform the national and international research focus of the HPRC on the generation and translation of health promotion research to inform policy and practice.  While in Nova Scotia, Professor Barry will meet with representatives of the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, Nova Scotia Health Authority, Atlantic regional staff of the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness.  In addition to consultations with St. FX faculty and staff about her research, Professor Barry will offer a presentation “Innovative approaches to promoting population mental health and wellbeing: Who needs to be engaged for effective action?”, co-presented by the NCCDH, the St. FX Department of Education and office of the Associate Vice President of Research. 

Professor Barry’s visit presents an exciting opportunity for both NCCDH and St. FX.  The overall purpose is to establish collaborative academic links which will inform the development of innovative and high quality knowledge translation methods and approaches in Ireland.  The NCCDH and St. FX, along with numerous academic and health sector partners in Atlantic Canada, will benefit from Professor Barry’s visit and, equally, that we’ll be able to inform Ireland’s development of Irish-appropriate knowledge translation mechanisms and structures.

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