2016 NCOHR Summer Research Institute

2016 Network for Canadian Oral Health Research (NCOHR) Summer Research Institute in Life Course Approach to Oral Health Research

Date: Thursday, August 18 to Saturday, August 20, 2016

Location: 2199 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC, John B Macdonald Building, Faculty of Dentistry, University of British Columbia


The life course perspective refers to a research methodology aimed at exploring people’s lives within structural, social, and cultural contexts throughout the life span. It examines an individual’s life history and observes, for example, how life events such as marriage and divorce, and disease development influence future decisions and outcomes. It entails a multidisciplinary paradigm to include ideas and observations from an array of disciplines, and it directs attention to the powerful connection between individual lives and the historical and socioeconomic context in which these lives unfold. The outline below shows the different aspects of life course that will be covered, from history to application. Participants will have the opportunity to work in small groups facilitated by the Implementation Committee for a more hands-on experience, and will formulate research question(s) and methodology to be addressed using the life course perspective. We will guide students in refining their research question(s) and determining the most appropriate design, models and procedures.

We encourage participants to download free of charge the following book:

A Life Course Perspective on Health Trajectories and Transitions

Editors: Claudine Burton-Jeangros, Stéphane Cullati, Amanda Sacker, David Blane

Publisher: Springer International Publishing

Open Access available at: http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-319-20484-0


To register for the summer research institute, please contact Drs. Mario Brondani at brondani@dentistry.ubc.ca or Dr Arwa Gazzaz at arwa.gazzaz@alumni.ubc.ca. Please make contact by May 15, or sooner.

Maximum number of participants

25 (including the implementation committee)


Day 1 
9 am – 12 pm
  • Welcome, goals for the institute, exceptions and introductions
  • Ice breaking team work
  • Video presentation and Overview of the Life Course
  • Participants will discuss the life course perspective as applied to research question(s) on the selected topic, while reflecting on life course definition, pathways, conceptual frameworks and the determinants of oral health
1 pm – 4 pm
  • Life course and oral health determinants: qualitative and quantitative lenses
  • Participants in small groups will refine their research question(s) and selected topic to consider their projects within a qualitative or quantitative methodology and study design
Day 2   
9 am – 12 pm
  • Life course in the real world I
  • Implementation committee will share their experiences in conducting research using the life course approach + group discussion
1 pm – 4 pm
  • Life course in the real world II
  • The second part of this content and group discussion
  • Field work: life course as applicable to me
  • Group work to present both qualitative and quantitative methodologies incorporating the concepts discussed. Overall group discussion
Day 3   
9 am – 2 pm
  • Identifying data sets—group projects
  • Groups present their projects for an overall discussion

Implementation committee and organizers

Mario Brondani, DDS, MSc, MPH, PhD. University of British Columbia brondani@dentistry.ubc.ca

Belinda Nicolau, DDS, MSc, PhD. McGill University belinda.f.nicolau@mcgill.ca

Brenda Poon BSc, PhD. University of British Columbia brenda.poon@ubc.ca

Maryam Amin, DMD, MSc, PhD. University of Alberta maryam.amin@ualberta.ca

Arwa Gazzaz, BDS, MPH. University of British Columbia arwa.gazzaz@alumni.ubc.ca

Sreenath Madathil, BDS, MSc. McGill University sreenath.arekunnathmadathil@mail.mcgill.ca

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