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Trent to Host Third Annual Health Studies Day


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

Tuesday, January 18, 2005, Peterborough

Trent University's Institute for Health Studies (IHS) is hosting its third annual Health Studies Day on Friday, January 28 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. Admission is no charge and lunch will be available in the Otonabee College Senior Common Room at 12:45 p.m. for $7 per person.

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, "The Ethics of Assisted Human Reproduction and Research: Evaluating Public Response to Government Initiatives," "Normalizing the Evidential Basis of Pathology" and "Is the Functional "Normal"? Aging, Sexuality and the Bio-Marking of Successful Living".

For further information, or to reserve your lunch no later than January 25, call 705-748-1011, ext. 1206 or e-mail



10:00 Welcome and opening remarks, Deborah Kennett, Psychology, and Interim Director, Institute for Health Studies

10:15 Terry Humphreys, Psychology ~ Sexual Consent: Attitudes and Behaviours of Young Adults 

10:45 Deborah Parnis, Sociology ~ Studies in the Medicolegal Response to Sexual Assault: Considering the Therapeutic Value and Legal Effectiveness of the ‘Rape Kit'

11:15 Kevin Siena, History ~ Medical Silence on Same-Sex Transmission of Syphilis in the Enlightenment  

11:45 Leslie Kerr, Biology/Psychology ~ Neonatal Environment, Hormones and Cancer Risk

12:15 Alana Hermiston, Sociology ~ Good for You?: The Construction of Healthy Eating in Canada  

12:45 LUNCH in OC Senior Common Room

1:30 Carla Rice, Women Studies ~ Becoming ‘the Fat Girl': Acquisition of an Unfit Identity

2:00 Ingrid Brenner, Nursing/Biology ~ Exercise for Clients in Long-Term Care

2:30 Ellen Olsen-Lynch & Jean Luyben, Librarian~ Information Literacy for Nursing Students

3:00 Joseph So, Anthropology ~ From Herbs to Qi: Exploring Tradition Chinese Medicine (TCM) in Mental Health 

3:30 Rory Coughlan, Psychology ~ The Peculiar Category of Placebo: The Socio-Psychological Affects of Personal Agency

4:00 Closing remarks, Deborah Kennett, Interim Director, Institute for Health Studies


For further information, please contact:

Dr. Deborah Kennett, Interim Director, Institute for Health Studies, 748-1011, ext. 1206


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