Foreword – Volume 3, Issue 1

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Dear Reader,

It is with great pride that I present to you the third volume of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Health Sciences (IJHS).

This year, the journal has enjoyed continued success with its recent expansion to disciplines beyond the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa.  In keeping with its objective, the IJHS continues to provide a forum in which students can showcase their original work to the scientific community in the official language of their choosing.  On behalf of the IJHS team, I would like to congratulate the authors who have been published in this issue and who are only just embarking on their journey into the exciting realm of research.

I would like to thank the peer review panel whose members consistently volunteered their time and expertise to help authors cultivate and refine their skills.  Without them, the journal would have no means of guiding the students that it aims to serve.  Furthering this end, I would like to thank Mirhad Loncar who generously provided translation services to ensure that all published abstracts received equal representation in both English and French.

Many thanks are also owed to Dr. Raywat Deonandan, whose concern for the growth of the journal extends not only to the editorial board but also to its volunteers and its readership.  As my team and I can attest, Dr. Deonandan has played a critical role in bringing the journal’s key objective to fruition.

Lastly, the release of this issue would not have been possible without the assistance of the IJHS editorial board, which for the first time in its history was made up of both senior and associate editors.  The dedication that each of them has shown has undoubtedly contributed to the journal’s professional achievements this year.

My involvement with the IJHS has left me with many invaluable lessons about the intricacies and idiosyncrasies of the publication process. I hope you too become enriched reading this issue.


Selam Ogbalidet
BHSc, University of Ottawa

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Editor-in-Chief of the IJHS (2011-2013)

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