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Trent to Host Second Annual Health Studies Day

Health-related research from an array of disciplines to be showcased

Tuesday, January 20, 2004, Peterborough


Trent University's Institute for Health Studies (IHS) is hosting its second annual Health Studies Day on Thursday, January 29 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Native Studies Lounge at Otonabee College.

Organized to highlight the types of health research underway at Trent, Health Studies Day encompasses a wide range of speakers and topics. Everyone is welcome to attend the event.

The IHS is an interdisciplinary group of faculty members who are engaged in research on various aspects of health. Given the volume of such research taking place at Trent, interim director Dr. Deborah Kennett said it made sense to come together in the creation of the Institute for Health Studies.

The overall objectives of the IHS are many. Of foremost importance, is to provide a focus for the different types of research that are conducted at Trent and to assist researchers in obtaining research funding. Other priorities for the Institute include the fostering of communication among health researchers within and outside the University, to serve as a link between Trent and other health institutions, to better communicate to the general public about basic research and its real-world applications and to facilitate the training of students for careers and research in health-related fields.

This year's Health Studies Day will build upon the successes of last year's event, which saw Trent professors speak on their research, which included topics such as, "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder," "Dualism and Holism in Healthcare" and "Coping with Chronic Pain."

Lunch will be available in the Otonabee College Senior Common Room at 12:15 p.m. and will cost $7 ($4.50 for students and seniors). For further information, or to reserve your lunch no later than January 22 at noon, call 705-742-9307 or e-mail

Health Studies Day Agenda
Sponsored by the Institute for Health Studies
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Native Studies Lounge, Trent University

10:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks (Deborah Kennett, Psychology, Interim Director, Institute for Health Studies)

10:15 Stephen Brown, English Literature, "Dr. William Buchan and the Origins of Do-It-Yourself Medicine"

10:45 Kevin Peters, Psychology, "Neuropsychological Subgroups of Cognitively-Impaired-Not-Demented Individuals"

11:15 Sally Chivers, English and Canadian Studies, "Margaret Atwood and the Critical Limits of Embodiment"

11:45 Rory Coughlan, Psychology, "Technology Idolatry: An Exploration of Healthcare's Love Affair with Machines that go 'Bing'"

12:15 Lunch (Reservations Only) Otonabee College Senior Common Room

1:00 Christopher Tindale, Philosophy, "The Ethics of Assisted Human Reproduction and Research: Evaluating Public Response to Government Initiatives"

1:30 David Holdsworth, Environmental and Resource Studies/Science, "Normalizing the Evidential Basis of Pathology"

2:00 Barbara Marshall and Stephen Katz, Sociology, "Is the Functional "Normal"? Aging, Sexuality and the Bio-Marking of Successful Living"

2:30 Raul Ponce and Michelle Bader, Environmental and Resource Studies/Science and Geography, "Modeling the Geo-Spatial Dimensions of the Spread of West Nile Virus in Ontario for Surveillance and Control"

3:00 Craig Hourie, Computer Science, "Computer Modeling of a Digital Gamma Camera"

3:30 Closing Remarks, Deborah Kennett


For further information, please contact:
Dr. Deborah Kennett, Interim Director, Institute for Health Studies, 748-1011, ext. 1206

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