WELCOME to SUPPORT Letters, the official newsletter of the Newfoundland and Labrador SUpport for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials Unit (NL SUPPORT), where we bring you the latest updates on what we're doing to encourage the growth patient-oriented research in the province, updates on training programs and funding opportunities, success stories from the research we're already doing, and more!

SPRING came and went so fast this year that it was summer before we even knew the seasons had changed, which is why this issue of SUPPORT Letters is a double-digest Spring/Summer edition. This time around, we've got:



NL SUPPORT is very happy to announce that the results of the NL SUPPORT Patient-Oriented Research Grants and the TPMI/NL SUPPORT Educational Funding Competitions for this Spring have been decided and ratified by our Steering Committee. These competitions are an important part of our mission to encourage the growth of patient-oriented research in Newfoundland and Labrador, and represent almost $400,000 in funding to graduate students, post-doctoral trainees, and research teams. More...

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SINCE APRIL 2015, NL SUPPORT has been holding a series of public events to speak to patients, caregivers and families about their needs and priorities in health care, and until this Spring, these events had all taken place in and around the Avalon region of the province. This year, during the week of May 9th, NL SUPPORT undertook a five-day, four-stop tour of Western and Central Newfoundland. More...



KEY TO FULFILLING THE MANDATE of NL SUPPORT is supporting and facilitating ongoing patient engagement among students, researchers, policymakers and decision-makers in the province. The best way to focus those efforts is to figure out what the people in those groups feel that they need, and earlier this year, our Training and Capacity Development lead, Eva Vat (eva.vat@med.mun.ca) conducted a survey to determine just that. More...


Dr. Krista Mahoney, a Postdoctoral researcher with the Translational and Personalized Medicine Initiative (TPMI), is the principal investigator of a study examining the test utilization patterns of the provincial vascular clinic in Newfoundland and Labrador. The main objective of this study is to examine the utilization patterns of peripheral artery testing and to determine predictors of critical disease. More...



We've got a lot of exciting news and announcements coming up for the fall, so keep an eye on your inbox for important notifications about funding competitions for researchers and students, new training opportunities for staff, academics and patients, and new events you can attend! More...



WHEN WE LAUNCHED back in November of 2014, nlsupport.ca was designed as a way for us to communicate our vision for what NL SUPPORT would become: new infrastructure, new methods, new faces to support a new way of doing research. In the nearly two years since then, we've grown a lot: grown our staff, refined our vision, expanded the services we can offer. In short, we've outgrown nlsupport.ca as it currently exists, and hope to relaunch the site later this year as a portal to patient oriented research for students, academics and patients alike. But before we start pulling the place down to the studs, we need your input! We need to know what you'd like to see in the new and improved nlsupport.ca. So, click the link, come on by, and have a look around our current site and let us know what you'd like to see changed!

You can send your comments, thoughts and impressions along to Dale Humphries (dale.humphries@med.mun.ca).


A word of thanks to all of our contributors for their hard work putting together this edition of SUPPORT Letters, including Eva Vat, Melissa Power and Dr. Krista Mahoney, and thanks to you for subscribing and reading!

See you in the Fall!