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Networking event on March 31 | uOttawa

Yesterday’s event was a great opportunity for students, editors, professors and researchers to meet & discuss. The Academic Advisor, Dr. Raywat Deonandan, and the Editor-in-Chief, Gatien de Broucker, spoke briefly about the journal and its outlook.

You may find the presentations (PowerPoint) shown at the event:

Pictures at the event

Again, we would like to thank Community Life Service of the University of Ottawa for their generous financial support and the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences for their institutional support.

Biology and Genetic Endowment

“My scientific studies have afforded me great gratification; and I am convinced that it will not be long before the whole world acknowledges the results of my work” (as cited in Chaskey, 2014, p.52). These words certainly ring true for renowned founder of modern genetics, Gregor Mendel, whose experiments on plant hybridization led to the discovery of the underlying principles of heredity. Your DNA might offer you an explanation as to why you have your father’s eyes and your mother’s dimples, but your genetic make up can provide you with vital information beyond your physical attributes.

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Networking event on March 31 | uOttawa (Registration)

The IJHS, with the kind support of Community Life Service at the University of Ottawa, is pleased to host a “5-à-7” on March 31st at the University of Ottawa (Canada).

Around food and beverages, this event is a great opportunity for students involved in research work to discuss publication and editorship possibilities with current editors, with several student journal representatives, with experienced professors, and with professionals and experts.

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Letter from the Royal Statistical Society

We are very pleased to receive the support of the renown Royal Statistical Society (United Kingdom) for our upcoming special issue on Statistics and Health. The Royal Statistical Society takes an active role in the discussions around open access and the availability of data, especially in the context of health systems. The organization also promotes initiatives to help develop statistical literacy and numeracy skills.

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Personal Health Practices and Coping Skills

Many different factors influence human health and well-being, and there are a great many different ways of defining health and well-being, from the simple absence of measurable disease to a more abstract sense of physical and social actualization.  Regardless of how we define the outcome, decades of research suggest that there are a host of variables that interact and have an influence on the human condition.

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Call for submissions: special issue on statistics and health

Call for Submissions

Statistics and Health: In support of the study of the determinants of health (Special Issue)

December 2013 will close the Year of Statistics, a reminder of the past decades’ achievements and advancements in Science. Statistics have strongly contributed to the advancement of science with the development of solid research instruments but also by bringing us closer to each other by sharing the same language, similar logic, and concurrent findings.

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Foreword – Volume 3, Issue 1

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