Psychobiology of Stress & Health Lab

Lab News

NaviCare/SoinsNavi Launch a Success!

Years of PSHL research and stakeholder input have gone into the establishment of a virtual health centre for New Brunswick children with complex health conditions. 
In January 2017, NaviCare/SoinsNavi became available to the public!

Please take a moment to view our NaviCare/SoinsNavi website and like our Facebook page.
And please have a look at our PSHL Projects page for all the media on our official launch in Saint John, NB.

Congrats Team!! 

Julie Lewis receives her Masters degree12/2016:In December, PSHL member Julie Lewis successfully defended her MSc thesis supervised by Dr. Vett Lloyd from Mount Allison University's Biology Department.

Julie Lewis Receives Her Masters degree
In December, PSHL member Julie Lewis successfully defended her MSc thesis supervised by Dr. Vett Lloyd from Mount Allison University's Biology Department.
Congratulations Julie!!

Dr. Azar Presents Preliminary Research Results in Europe 
In October, Dr. Azar travelled to the European Academy of Paediatric Societies' annual conference in Geneva to present the preliminary results from the Quick-Strike team's research. She was also invited to present at the AMC-Emma's Hospital in Amsterdam.

Azar R, Doucet S., Luke A., Charlton P., Hyndman N., MacCallum S., Kim PDH., Montelpare WJ. 
Children with complex health conditions: Linking the pieces of the puzzle prior to the creation of a patient and family navigation centre (New Brunswick, Canada).

Don't Miss the 2016 MountA Breakfast Chat!

On December 3rd, Dr. Azar will be hosting this engaging event. All members of the community are welcome! Sponsored by RSC-Atlantic.

Welcome Back MTA Students!
It's September and classes are in full swing again. Dr. Azar would like to offer her best wishes for the fall term to her students:Julie Richard (Honours)Daniel O'Connor (Directed Studies)Kenzie Thomas Schultz (Directed Studies)Laurel White (Directed Studies)

Dr. Azar Attends Announcement of Major Investment in Youth Mental Health by the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation
Dr. Azar attended an  NBHRF press conference at Université de Moncton to announce funding for provincial youth mental health initiatives. Dr. Shelley Doucet (Dr. Azar's co-PI) spoke about two of PHSL's projects, the NB Navigation Centre for Children with Complex Health Conditions and CHILD-BRIGHT.

Dr. Azar (third from right) and Dr. Doucet (fifth from right) pictured among provincial leaders and researchers.

Sarah MacCallum receives the George J. DeBenedetti Book Prize

PSHL honours student Sarah MacCallum was awarded the annual  George J. De Benedetti Book Prize (presented by De Benedetti, himself) for her leadership and devotion to social activism. Congratulations!

MTA Psychology Department Research Day 
Dr. Azar with her students who presented their work at Research Day.
Left to right: Phill Kim (honours, class of '16), Angela Thibodeau (research assistant), Dr. Azar, Daniel O'Connor (directed studies), Sarah MacCallum (honours, class of '16).

Looking for NB Families with Children who Have Complex Health Conditions
Our search for NB families to interview is now over. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Seasons Greetings from the PSHL!
May your days be merry and bright. See you in the new year!

PSHL Hosts MTA Breakfast Chat on Miscarriages
The The MTA Breakfast Chat on Miscarriages: Breaking bread and taboos to move forward was well attended by more than 30 members of the local community.

Dr. Azar Attends the ISPNE Conference in Edinburgh
Earlier this fall, Dr. Rima Azar presented a poster at the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology (ISPNE) conference in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The New Brunswick Children's Foundation invested $750,000 to assist in the development of a virtual health centre for children with complex health care needs. This project is jointly led by Drs. Shelley Doucet from UNB-Saint John & PSHL's Rima Azar.
The "New Brunswick Virtual Health Centre" will be the first centre of its kind to offer more coordinated and convenient care to children with complex care needs. Our heartfelt thanks to the New Brunswick Children's Foundation for this donation, which shows how much our province cares for its children!
Mount Allison University Press Release
University of New Brunswick Press Release

Dr. Azar is one of the co-investigators of the CIHR-Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Network in Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations Development Grant
The NB tripartite leadership team (B. Miedema, B. Davies, K. Wilson), the co-investigators (S. Doucet, R. Azar, T. Rickards) and the participants (several stakeholders across sectors) will go forward with the second funding step to build the network.

PSHL Welcomes 2014-2015 Honours Students
The Psychobiology of Stress and Health Lab is thrilled to welcome new members Megean Blacquiere and Nina Hindrichs

PSHL's Julie Lewis has Been Accepted in the Program of Master in Science at Mount Allison University
She will be assessing the risk of Lyme disease in New Brunswick under the supervision of Dr. Lloyd. Along with Dr. Aiken and Dr. Beaton, Dr. Azar will serve on her thesis supervisory committee. The PSHL members would like to congratulate Julie and wish her all the best!

PHSL's Dr. Azar is happy to participate in the NB Community of Practice in Interprofessional Education and Practice, initiated/led by Dr. S. Doucet
Dr.Azar participated in the first Workshop in Saint John.

NBHRF Operating Grant
Dr. Rima Azar and her team (Drs. M. Belanger, N. Letourneau, & M. Sermer) have been awarded with the NBHRF Operating Grant (2013-2014).

Café Scientifique hosted by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research's Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health
This café which is entitled: "Empowering our village to raise a child: Working together for child and youth mental health" will be moderated by Dr.Azar in Fredericton on April 23rd, 2014.

Research Day
The PSHL would like to congratulate Kate and Alyssa for their thesis presentation during Research Day, an event organized by the Psychology Department at Mount Allison University. We are wishing you both a bright and prosperous future!

NBHRF Publishes a Video on the PSHL
In the Mount Allison University setting, Dr.Rima Azar discusses her fascination with stress, the main project of the lab (Psychoneuroimmunology of Pregnancy), and the importance of funding research in our community.

PSHL’s Dr. Azar has joined the CIHR-IHDCYH Advisory Board
Dr. Azar, along with the other members of the Institute Advisory Board, will offer advice to the Scientific Director of the Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health (IHDCYH).
IHDCYH Advisory Board
IHDCYH Strategic Plan (2013-2017)

PSHL's Dr. Azar Recognized by NBHRF as Researcher of the Month
The New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF) recognizes Dr. Azar and the ongoing Psychoneuroimmunolgy (PNI) of Pregnancy Project.
NBHRF Article

CTV News at 5 Discusses Stressful Holidays with PSHL's Dr. Azar
While many enjoy end-of-year holidays and view them fondly, this is not the case for all. Dr. Azar explores with CTV's live at 5 why the holidays may be difficult, and shares tips on managing a potentially stressful time.

PSHL Hosts CIHR Café Scientifique in Sackville
Dr. Azar hosted and moderated a CIHR Café Scientifique in Sackville. She was joined by Dr.Looper, a psychiatrist, and Dr.Kouassi, a pharmacist, from Montreal. This event was attended by fifty participants, which is a big turnout for this small town's first Café Scientifique! It raised local awareness on the connections between stress, depression, inflammation, and health.

PSHL Featured in MTA Open House
To celebrate the Year of Science and Discovery, university leaders and research council executives toured Mount Allison's labs, including PSHL.