Several members of the CHErIsH study team recently visited Canada on a number of different research trips, spreading the word about the CHErIsH and other research projects and bringing international knowledge home.
Dr Elaine Toomey, CHErIsH postdoc, spent 6 weeks at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) in Ontario, Canada as a Visiting Scientist. Dr Toomey received funding through her HRB ICE postdoctoral fellowship to conduct an international placement at the OHRI, facilitated by Dr Justin Presseau, a Scientist in the OHRI Clinical Epidemiology Program and Assistant Professor in the School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine in the University of Ottawa. Dr Presseau and scientists at the OHRI are internationally recognized for their methodological expertise and contributions to implementation science and knowledge translation, particularly within the area of health behaviour change research. As part of this placement, Dr Toomey met with a number of internationally renowned scientists in the area including Professor Jeremy Grimshaw, Dr David Moher, and Professor Dawn Stacey to name but a few of these excellent Canadian researchers.
Dr Toomey later presented the results of a recent CHErIsH review at the Knowledge Translation Canada (KT Canada) scientific meeting in Quebec City. This review looked at the ‘fidelity’ (or faithfulness) with which previous interventions to promote healthy infant feeding practices have been conducted as intended. Also in attendance at this meeting was CHErIsH senior team member Dr Molly Byrne, who has been in Canada on a 10-week Flaherty Visiting Professorship Research Visit to Montreal, Ottawa and Halifax.
CHErIsH was also well represented at the Global Implementation Conference, held in Toronto on June 19-21. Dr Sheena McHugh, Dr Catherine Hayes, Dr Jenny McSharry and Dr Elaine Toomey attended this large international conference, and presented on a wide range of ongoing research projects. The conference also presented an excellent opportunity for networking between CHErIsH researchers and leaders of the ongoing HSE Nurture programme for infant health and wellbeing.