2020

Project Title Principal Investigator(s) Institution(s) and Partner(s) Funder(s) Status
Literature Review on "Experiences of Persons with Disabilities in the Military" (51) Antonio Miguel-Cruz, DrSc University of Alberta DRPFS Active
Literature Review on "Military to Civilian Transition: The Importance of GBA+ for the Canadian Armed Forces" (50) Maya Eichler, PhD Mount St. Vincent University DGMPRA Active
First Generation Smallpox Vaccine Potency Testing (53) David Evans, PhD University of Alberta CFHS Completed
Qualitative study of financial well-being of survivors who married or entered into a common-law relationship with a Veteran who was aged 60+ (46) Eric Li, PhD University of British Columbia VAC Active

2019

Project Title Principal Investigator(s) Institution(s) and Partner(s) Funder(s) Status
Prevalence and Correlates of White Matter Hyperintensities in RCAF Aircrew and Related Aviation Trades (33) Sandra Black, OC, O.Ont., MD Sunnybrook Hospital DRDC Active
Literature review and knowledge gap analysis on "Combat Casualty Care in Cold Environments" (47) Luis da Luz, MD Sunnybrook Hospital DRDC Completed
Upgrade and validation of a suite of objective load carriage assessment tools for the objective biomechanical assessment of soldier torso-borne clothing and individual equipment (49) Joan Stevenson, PhD
Quingguo Li, PhD, PEng
Queen's University DRDC Active
Thermal Comfort Testing of Canadian Armed Forces Operational Uniforms (39) Stephen Cheung, PhD Brock University DSSPM Completed
Literature Review on "Optimal Strategies to Mitigate and Treat Cold Weather Injuries" (45) Francois Haman, PhD University of Ottawa DRDC Completed
Special Issue or Supplement of a mental health research journal on Research Task Group (NATO) investigations in how best to leverage technology to advance mental health care (48) Stéphanie Bélanger, CD, PhD Queen's University DRDC Completed
Addressing Moral Injury in Canadian Armed Forces Personnel: A Mixed Methods Pilot of Adaptive Disclosure Therapy  Suzette Brémault-Phillips, PhD University of Alberta True Patriot Love Active

Project Description

Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members are exposed to stressors while in garrison, or on deployment that can result in Operational Stress Injuries (OSIs) (e.g., Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety). Exposure to morally injurious events (MIEs) (i.e.., engaging in or witnessing (in)actions that violate deeply held beliefs/values) that results in development of Moral Injury (MI) has been found to: increase feelings of shame, guilt, and anger; compromise relationships, trust, and hope; perpetuate PTSD, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse; and strongly predict suicide in military personnel and veterans. Of CAF members deployed from 2001-2013, over 50% were exposed to potentially MIEs. Recent studies have examined Moral Injury (MI) and applicable interventions. Developing and testing interventions that address MI is apt and timely. This project aims to study the effectiveness of Adaptive Disclosure Therapy (ADT) as a treatment for MI. 

Impact of sexual trauma during military service on Canadian female-identifying military members and veterans  Margaret McKinnon, PhD McMaster University True Patriot Love Active

Project Description

Sexual trauma during military service refers to any type of sexual assault or harassment experienced while enlisted in military service. It is a compounding risk factor for the development of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression in service members. Moreover, recent evidence suggests that military members having experienced potential moral injury (MI), which may include incidents of sexual trauma during service, are more likely to develop PTSD than their non-exposed counterparts. In order to develop effective prevention and intervention strategies for sexual trauma during military service and moral injury among Canadian, female-identifying military members and veterans, it is necessary to first characterize this population. Therefore, our primary objectives are: 1) to analyze the 2018 Canadian Armed Forces Members and Veterans Mental Health Follow-up Survey (CAFVMHS) to determine whether sexual trauma during military service is an independent risk factor for MI; and 2) to conduct individual interviews with Canadian servicewomen and female-identifying veterans exposed to sexual trauma during military service to capture their unique experiences. 

Leveraging Technology to Improve Mental Health Outcomes: Machine Learning Analysis of Homewood Post-Traumatic Stress Recovery (PTSR) Unit Clinical Database and University of Western Ontario PTSD Research Unit Data  Margaret McKinnon, PhD McMaster University True Patriot Love Active

Project Description

The proposed study will utilize clinical outcome and assessment data by leveraging machine learning computational methods and technology among Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members and veterans, with a particular focus on subtyping of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and treatment response (e.g., recovery; suicidal behaviour). Critically, approximately 13% of CAF members and veterans will be diagnosed with a deployment-related mental disorder including PTSD and depression [1; Department of Defence]. Our group has already demonstrated the predictive validity of machine learning, where we were successful in classifying with over 90% accuracy: i) PTSD; ii) the dissociative subtype of PTSD; and iii) healthy individuals [2; Nicholson et al., 2018]. Here, we anticipate developing a machine learning tool that will enhance personalized medicine by identifying individualized prevention and treatment approaches, thus preventing illness, improving outcomes, and reducing suicidality among CAF members and veterans. 

Initial Testing of a Guided, Internet-delivered Couple Intervention for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Relationship Enhancement: Couple HOPES  Candice Monson, PhD Ryerson University True Patriot Love Active

Project Description

PTSD is a common and disabling condition among Canadian military and veterans, and associated with intimate relationship problems and partners’ own mental health problems. Recognizing the need to improve access to evidence-based treatments for military personnel/Veterans and their families, our team is developing a Guided, Internet-delivered intervention to improve PTSD, enhance relationships, and improve partners’ mental health: Couple HOPES. The proposed two-phase project involves providing the intervention to 10 couples in Phase 1 to pilot and refine the assessment processes, intervention, and Coaching manual. Phase 2 involves a RCT with 70 couples across Canada testing Couple HOPES against a delayed intervention group (all couples will be treated within 2 months) to assess safety, desirability, and efficacy. Gold-standard methodology will be used to improve access to psychological interventions for military/Veterans and their families. Barriers to our study to mitigate include: adequate recruitment, retention in the intervention, and minimizing dropout from assessment. 

Contribution of Posttraumatic Stress Symptomatology to the Establishment and Maintenance of Chronic Pain  Tim Salomons, PhD Queen's University True Patriot Love Active

Project Description

There is a high co-occurrence of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and chronic pain in military personnel. Unfortunately, the mechanisms behind this relationship are poorly understood, leading to poor treatment outcomes for patients. Beyond occurring together, research suggests that PTSD and chronic pain might interact and aggravate each other through a common vulnerability: one’s susceptibility to fear and avoidance responses. To illuminate this interaction, this project will examine the relationship between pain and traumatic stress symptoms (especially fear and avoidance) in the Canadian military. We will also investigate the role that fear responses play in triggering and facilitating pain by examining “pain flashbacks,” a phenomenon in which individuals report re-experiencing the physical pain they experienced during trauma. If particular symptoms of PTSD prove to be contributing factors to chronic pain, it may be possible to prevent the development or exacerbation of chronic pain through interventions targeting both pain and PTSD. 

2018

Project Title Principal Investigator(s) Institution(s) and Partner(s) Funder(s) Status
Fibrinogen in the Initial Resuscitation of Severe Trauma (FiiRST) 2: Physiological outcomes. Luis Da Luz, MD Sunnybrook Research Institute DRDC Completed
Evaluation Remote Ischemic Conditioning (RIC) for the Treatment of Posttraumatic Shock and Brain Injury- A Randomized Controlled Trial. Ori Rotstein, MD St. Michael's Hospital DRDC Completed
Defining the Longitudinal Course, Outcomes and Treatment Needs of Vulnerable Canadians with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder  Jitender Sareen, MD University of Manitoba True Patriot Love Active

Project Description

Although stress is a recurring and omnipresent problem, there are major gaps in knowledge about the hallmark condition related to traumatic stress (i.e. posttraumatic stress disorder [PTSD}). Over 70% of Canadians are exposed to traumatic events (e.g. physical injury, accidental death of loved one) in their lives. Although most are resilient, a substantial minority experience subsequent emotional problems. Major gaps exist in the literature on the incidence, longitudinal course, impact, and treatment needs of PTSD in Canadians. In particular, we know very little about the long-term impact of trauma exposure and PTSD among our Canadian soldiers. It is essential to understand the trajectory of PTSD within Canada’s unique demographic, sociocultural, and health care system influences.

The objectives of this research project are to:

  1. Define the incidence and longitudinal course of PTSD in Canadian samples.
  2. Develop prediction tools to identify those at risk for incident and persistent PTSD.
  3. Define the impact of PTSD on subsequent risk for negative health outcomes.
  4. Describe health care use and treatment needs among people with PTSD.

In the short term, this program of research will determine predictors of PTSD, the impact of PTSD on health outcomes, and treatment needs of civilians, active soldiers, and veterans with PTSD in Canada. In the long term, understanding these important questions will improve recognition and treatment of PTSD across health sectors, and will ultimately improve the lives of people with PTSD.

An analytic and predictive risk model to assess dental readiness in the military population Alyson Mahar, PhD University of Manitoba CFHSG Completed
Broad spectrum antivirals against RNA viruses which block cellular entry Frederick West, PhD University of Alberta DRDC Completed
Towards Reducing Musculoskeletal Injuries in the Canadian Armed Forces Phil Bigelow, PhD University of Waterloo DRDC Completed
Literature Review on “The Utility of Melatonin Interventions in PTSD” (43) Lili Liu, PhD University of Alberta DRDC Completed
Using advanced analytics to develop a multimodal signature of concussion and post-concussive syndrome  Michael Cusimano, MD, PhD St. Michael’s Hospital (University of Toronto), Ryerson University, SOSCIP IBM, Mitacs Active

Project Description

  • Concussions are extremely common in deployment and in military and civilian activities. The diagnosis of concussion and “post-concussive syndrome” (PCS) is currently based on a patient’s report of their symptoms and a physical exam.
  • In this study, researchers will utilize a dataset collected over the last four years (which contains MRI, neuropsychological, eye-movement, imaging and free text data) to apply complex analytical methods to define more sensitive and specific tests.
  • These tools may be used in both a military and civilian setting, allowing for more personalized treatment and recovery programs, thereby lessening the burden of concussion and PCS.
Using machine learning to investigate sympathetic activation of the autonomic nervous system during treatment of mild traumatic brain injury, chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder  James Green, PhD
Adrian Chan, PhD
Carleton University, SOSCIP IBM, Mitacs Completed

Project Description

  • The goal of the research project is to further our understanding and clinical management of Canadian Forces service members and Veterans suffering from a complex medical triad of traumatic brain injury, chronic pain, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Using a Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN) this research will collect and consolidate a series of non-invasive whole-body biological measurements from patients during immersive therapy sessions in the CAREN Virtual Reality facility.
  • High-performance computing and machine learning will be used to develop and deploy real-time estimators of sympathetic neural activation of the autonomic nervous system (SAANS).
  • These systems will allow clinicians to create individualized treatment plans for patients, thereby maximizing rehabilitation benefits and avoiding costly setbacks in patient treatment.
Safe Harbour for Military, Veteran and Family Health Research Data  Patrick Martin, PhD Queen's University, The Centre for Advanced Computing IBM, Mitacs, True Patriot Love Active

Project Description

  • CIMVHR, affiliated research partners, and IBM have identified a significant and universal issue facing health researchers that applies to MVFH research and health research for the Canadian population at large.
  • Comprehensive and complete medical records for any given population are generally not available for research purposes due to access challenges and strict privacy protection practices.
  • This project proposes to explore a safe harbour environment that includes secure data extraction and linking components and adheres to the strict policies that protect the access to the source data while facilitating creation of properly de-identified linked datasets from different sources to facilitate more complete future MVFH research.
Soutien en santé mentale aux familles militaires et aux vétérans du Québec : une étude de faisabilité  Dave Blackburn, PhD Université du Québec en Outaouais True Patriot Love Completed

Project Description

Ce project de recherche se fera en deux phases. La première phase consistera à produire une revue de l'état actuel des programmes et des services existant en santé mental au Québec destinés aux familles militaires et aux vétérans.

Quatre catégories de programmes et de services seront présentées par région du Québec:

  1. programmes fédéraux;
  2. programmes provinciaux;
  3. programmes communautaires et sans but lucratif; et ;
  4. services privés.

La seconde phase consistera à développer et à administrer un questionnaire qui sera destiné aux familles militaires et aux vétérans afin de cerner leurs besoins/leurs évaluations/leurs utilisations en matière de programmes et de services en santé mentale. Les deux phases de ce project de recherche se feront avec l'aide de partenaires comme les Centres de la famille du Québec et les organisations de vétérans. Un rapport complet sera produit afin d'exposer les résultats des deux phases du project de recherche et afin de soumettre des recommandations.

The implementation of remotely supervised home-based intensive exercise interventions to improve balance, mobility and physical activity for military who suffered a moderate or severe traumatic brain injury  Heidi Sveistrup, PhD University of Ottawa, Bruyère Research Institute True Patriot Love Active

Project Description

The overall objective of this study is to increase accessibility of physical rehabilitation to military or Veterans who have suffered a moderate or severe traumatic brain injury.

The primary objective of this study will be to determine the feasibility and effectiveness of remotely supervised intensive home-based exercise interventions. The secondary objectives will be to: 1) identify the differences between daily and weekly remotely supervised home-based intensive exercise intervention on program implementation measures as well as rehabilitation outcomes (i.e. balance, functional mobility and physical activity levels) for moderate and severe TBI survivors; and 2) identify key strategies for the use of remote supervision and home-based exercise intervention.

This study could have national impact on accessibility of supervised exercise interventions since it looks at integrating participants from rural communities and minority communities including francophones.

Understanding the experience of parents caregiving for adult veterans injured through service  Heidi Cramm, PhD Queen's University True Patriot Love Active

Project Description

Programs for military families are targeted towards the needs of young families with young children, emphasizing needs for spouses and children; programs for veteran families are geared towards the ageing veteran. However, for many young serving members who do not have a significant other, ageing parents may need to step into a caregiving role should the member be injured in the line of duty. These parents, who may have their own health, work, and financial concerns, can find themselves unexpectedly navigating a complicated caregiving situation without the benefit of support available through programming, compounding their stress and experience of isolation. We will interview 20 to 30 parents of ill and injured veterans who are providing ongoing caregiving to their adult children. These in-depth interviews will yield new insights into the experiences and needs of ageing parents that can inform the development of relevant and inclusive policy and programming.

LeveRaging routinEly collected heAlth data to enhanCe veteran and family Health (REACH)  Alyson Mahar, PhD University of Manitoba True Patriot Love Active

Project Description

The well-being of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) after they leave the military is a national priority. Yet, we do not know very much about the health of Canadian Veterans or how they access the public healthcare system. We want to know if Canadian Veterans use the healthcare system in ways that are similar or different to civilians, and if they have similar patterns of different diseases. We also want to compare health and healthcare use of male and female Veterans, and explore if the length of military service has an impact on health and health use. To answer these questions, we will analyze information that is being routinely collected within the Ontario healthcare system. We will work closely with government, healthcare, and service provider stakeholders to ensure that our findings feed directly into policy for improving health and well-being of Canadian veterans and their families.

Workplace Well-Being of CAF members and DND personnel  Alexandre Morin, PhD Concordia University True Patriot Love Completed

Project Description

In May 2018, DGMPRA launched the DWWS Initiative, a comprehensive, proactive, and systematic approach to addressing the workplace well-being of CAF members and DND employees. This novel initiative will support the Total Health and Wellness Strategy and the Federal Public Service Workplace Mental Health Strategy, and help the CAF/DND maintain its prominent role in this domain within the Federal Public Service. CAF members – and, potentially, their families via spillover effects – will benefit from the proposed research project in that it will ascertain their well-being and pinpoint organizations and groups of individuals in need of attention, including those with high levels of burnout and psychological distress. These results will inform the design and implementation of positive actions where needed, and a future iteration of the DWWS will assess the impact of these actions.

Exploring the Experiences of Adult Children of CAF Veterans: Implications for Program and Policy Development  Deborah Norris, PhD Mount Saint Vincent University True Patriot Love Active

Project Description

Military service challenges the stability and functioning of military family members, including children. For some children, however, the stresses associated with mobility, separation and risk build capacity, fostering a sense of belonging, enhanced self-confidence, increased family and community cohesion, and comfort with the unfamiliar. It is not known if these capacities are sustained through adulthood. We will interview 20-30 adult children of Canadian Armed Forces veterans who served from the Korean War through to the Cold War. This is an understudied group whose childhood experiences occured before formal supports were available to military families. Capturing their stories will address two gaps in Canadian military family research, specifically, the inclusion of retrospective accounts from adult children of their experiences growing up in military families and a focus on positive outcomes of military service for family members. This research will provide new insights that will inform policy and program development.

Project Trauma Support: Addressing Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Moral Injury in Military Members at risk of Medical Release  Suzette Brémault-Phillips, PhD University of Alberta True Patriot Love Active

Project Description

Military members can experience trauma as a result of combat duties, being in a war zone, or peacekeeping under difficult conditions. It is estimated that up to 10% of those who have been in war zones will experience PTSD. Regarding Moral Injury (MI), of members deployed from 2001-2013, 58% were exposed to events that heightened their risk of engaging in or witnessing (in)actions that violated their deeply held values/beliefs. Feelings of shame, guilt, anxiety, depression and anger, together with loss of relationships, self-worth, and quality of life can manifest, as well as self-harming behaviour and suicide. The recent passage of Bill C-211 - Federal Framework on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Act - highlights Canada’s commitment to addressing PTSD among those who serve. This project aims to study the effectiveness of Project Trauma Support - an innovative, physician-led, community-based, 6-day, residential program focused on the treatment of PTSD/MI.

After the War: Investigating 20th Century Post-Conflict Re-Establishment and Rehabilitation Best Practices to Empower 21st Century Veterans  Lee Windsor, PhD
Cindy Brown, PhD
University of New Brunswick
The Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society
True Patriot Love Active

Project Description

Preliminary research into 1940s post-war Canadian veterans’ policy indicates that efforts to foster sense of purpose, self-reliance, and to create opportunities for meaningful employment, affordable homes, and sense of community contributed to successful post-war transitions, thereby reducing the ill effects of combat service for injured and non-injured Canadian veterans alike. The original Veterans Charter emphasised re-establishment over compensation so as to better reintegrate Veterans in to civil. University education, vocational training and assistance with business creation and farming stood among priority services. This focus appears to have been successful but to date there has been no scholarly research to measure their performance. This project aims to do that by employing historical case studies on the returned men of 1945 to better understand how some become active and contributing members of their community and others required long-term treatment and compensation. These findings will inform today's Canadian veterans' public policy discussions.

2017

Project Title Principal Investigator(s) Institution(s) and Partner(s) Funder(s) Status
Using Advanced Analytics to Understand PTSD in Family Practice and Specialty Care  Don Richardson, MD
Alexander Singer, MB BAO BCh
Lawson Health Research Institute, University of Manitoba, Queen’s University, The Centre for Advanced Computing, Calian IBM, Mitacs Active

Project Description

  • Researchers will apply algorithmic and natural language processing techniques to establish a validated definition to identify PTSD within electronic medical records (EMR) and to identify key features related to suicide attempts and moral injury.
  • This research will benefit CAF members, Veterans, and their families through the identification and clinical application of predictors of moral injury, suicidal behaviours, and patterns of comorbidity.
  • The research team anticipates that the findings will provide much needed insight into the primary care experiences of patients with PTSD including a cohort of Veteran and related family members, as well as be generalizable to similar treatment-seeking military and veteran populations.
Using fMRI machine learning as a predictor of PTSD phenotype and treatment outcomes among treatment-seeking CAF members, veterans, and civilians  Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD
Dr. Don Richardson, MD
Nicholas Coupland, MD
Western University, Lawson Health Research Institute, University of Alberta, Homewood Research Institute, SOSCIP IBM, True Patriot Love, Mitacs Completed

Project Description

  • The study will utilize brain imaging data (fMRI) to determine if neurobiological machine learning algorithms can predict psychiatric symptomatology and treatment outcomes in CAF members, Veterans, their families, and civilians.
  • This research will benefit CAF members and Veterans through the identification and clinical application of novel avenues to personalized medicine.
  • Researchers anticipate developing a tool that can aid in the diagnosis of PTSD and its various subtypes, as well as inform treatment guidelines.
A pilot study to understand how equine-assisted therapy may assist Veterans in living with mental health conditions Dave Blackburn, PhD Université du Québec en Outaouais VAC Completed
Social Cognition, Moral Injury and Suicidality in Canadian Armed Forces Personnel and Veterans Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD Western University CFHSG Active
Next Generation Sequencing Stephen Scherer, PhD The Hospital for Sick Children DRDC Completed
Psychiatric EEG Evaluation Registry or PEER Verner Knott, PhD Institute of Mental Health Research CFHSG Active
Multimodal Neuroimaging in the Evaluation of Mental Disorders: Application of PET and MRS for the Assessment of Neuroinflammation in Military PTSD Isabelle Boileau, PhD The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health DRDC Active
HERE4U Military Version  Heather Stuart, OC, PhD Queen's University, The Centre for Advanced Computing, SOSCIP, IBM Global Business Services IBM, Mitacs Completed

Project Description

  • Researchers will develop the IBM HERE4U Military Version, an instant messaging smartphone application to connect military family members to a mental health counselling solution.
  • The application will be enabled by the IBM Watson cognitive platform using an advanced "Chat Bot" conversation system.
  • Watson will engage with the client to identify a presenting problem and when clinically serious, triage to a counselor for guidance and referral.

2016

Project Title Principal Investigator(s) Institution(s) and Partner(s) Funder(s) Status
Development of a Performance Assessment Tool for the Computer-Assisted Rehabilitation Environment Jacqueline Hebert, MD University of Alberta CFHSG Completed
Mental Health Expert Panel Knowledge Translation Jitender Sareen, MD University of Manitoba CFHSG Completed
Health and Lifestyle Information Survey 2013/14- Reserve Force Data Analysis and Report Writing Dr. Xiangfei Meng McGill University CFHSG Completed
Metabolomic Analysis of Brain Injury Douglas Fraser, PhD Western University DRDC Completed
Longitudinal Qualitative Study on the Mental Health and Well-Being of Military Veterans during Canadian Military to Civilian Transition Maya Eichler, PhD
Heidi Cramm, PhD
Dave Blackburn, PhD
Mount St. Vincent University, Queen's University, Université du Québec en Outaouais VAC Active
Qualitative Study on the Health and Well-being of Families of Canadian Armed Forces Veterans with Mental Health Problems Deborah Norris, PhD
Heidi Cramm, PhD
Kelly Dean Schwartz, PhD
Mount St. Vincent University, Queen's University, University of Calgary VAC Completed
Research Validation and Analysis of a Standardized Neck/Shoulder Program in Canadian Armed Forces Aircrew and It’s Impact on Neck Pain, Impairments and Functional Limitations/Restrictions Luc Hébert, CD, PhD Université Laval CFHSG Completed

2015

Project Title Principal Investigator(s) Institution(s) and Partner(s) Funder(s) Status
National CAF Computer assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN) Coordinator-For Physical and Mental Health Rehabilitation Emily Sinitski, MASc The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre CFHSG Completed
A Comparison of two Viscoelastic Testing Systems for Goal-Guided Administration of Fibrinogen Concentrate in Severe Trauma: TEG® and ROTEM® Barto Nascimento, MD Sunnybrook Research Institute DRDC Completed
Specific Analyses of the 2013 Canadian Armed Forces Mental Health Survey Data on Suicidality, Child Abuse Victimization, Anxiety Disorders beyond PTSD, Income and Mental Disorders and Chronic Pain Jitender Sareen, MD University of Manitoba CFHSG Completed
Bionic Limbs for Improved Nautral Control (BLINC) Jacqueline Hebert, MD University of Alberta True Patriot Love Completed
Post-Deployment Gene expression Profiling Daniele Merico, PhD The Hospital for Sick Children DRDC Completed
The Determinants of Successful Transition from Military to Civilian Life Elizabeth VanDenKerkhof, PhD Queen's University VAC Completed
Grant Submission Canada-Israel Health Research Program Margaret McKinnon, PhD St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton CFHSG Completed
Environmental Scan of Administrative Elements and Support Programs for Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Veterans during Military to Civilian Transition Deborah Norris, PhD
Heidi Cramm, PhD
Mount St. Vincent University, Queen's University VAC Completed
Literature Review and Analysis on the Mental Health and Well-being of Military Veterans during Canadian Military to Civilian Transition David Kuhl, PhD University of British Columbia VAC Completed
Mental Health and Mental Health Services Use in the Canadian Armed Forces: Statement of Work for Analysis of the 2013 Canadian Armed Forces Cross-Sectional Mental Health Survey Data Ian Colman, PhD University of Ottawa CFHSG Completed
Health Care Inflation for Age and Sex Matched Cohort Eric Tchouaket, PhD Université du Québec en Outaouais CFHSG Completed
Effectiveness of Neurofeedback: Therapy for Military Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD Western University CFHSG Active
Understanding Concussion: From Injury to Return-to-Work Michael Hutchison, PhD University of Toronto DRDC Active
Biostatistician Services for Mental Health Research Initiatives Alain Brunet, PhD McGill University DRDC Completed
Colour Vision Assessment and Operational Requirements for Military Aircrew Jeffery Hovis, PhD University of Waterloo DRDC Active
A Pilot Study on the Potential Effectiveness of Psychiatric Service Dogs Used by Veterans with PTSD in Canada Claude Vincent, PhD Université Laval VAC Completed
Operational Requirements for Stereopsis and Binocular Visual Processing in Military Aviation Laurie Wilcox, PhD York University DRDC Completed
Longitudinal Follow-Up Study of a Military PTSD patient Cohort using Magnetoencephalography Margot Taylor, PhD The Hospital for Sick Children CFHSG Completed
Development of a field-based quantitative method for the evaluation of brain injury D.J. Cook, MD, PhD Queen's University IBM Canada Ltd. Completed
Special Issue or Supplement of a Mental Health research Journal on Key Findings from the 2013 Canadian Armed Forces Cross-Sectional Mental Health Survey CIMVHR provided project management support Queen's University CFHSG Completed

2014

Project Title Principal Investigator(s) Institution(s) and Partner(s) Funder(s) Status
Analysis of Electromyography (EMG) and Motion Capture (MOCAP) Data for Aircrew Neck Strain Jack Callaghan, PhD University of Waterloo DRDC Completed
Interactions Between Sleep Disorders and Military PTSD Harvey Moldofsky, PhD Toronto Psychiatric Research Foundation DRDC Completed
Development of Rat Concussion Model of TBI and Comparative Behavioural Effects to Blast-Induced TBI Michael Esser, PhD University of Calgary DRDC Completed
Elastomer-Based Helmet System Prototype to Address Aircrew Neck Strain Steven Fischer, PhD Queen’s University DRDC Completed
Comparative Effects of Concussion Versus Blast-Induced Traumatic Brain Injury Michael Esser, PhD University of Calgary DRDC Completed
Development of a Psychiatric Service Dog Pilot Study Claude Vincent, PhD Laval University VAC Completed
MEG Study Protocol Margot Taylor, PhD The Hospital for Sick Children CFHSG Completed
Operational Stress Injuries Review Deborah Norris, PhD
Heidi Cramm, PhD
Mount St. Vincent University, Queen’s University VAC Completed

2013

Project Title Principal Investigator(s) Institution(s) and Partner(s) Funder(s) Status
Effectiveness of CAREN Treatment for Chronic Non-Specific Low Back Pain Jacqueline Hebert, MD University of Alberta CFHSG Completed
Live Tissue TRG and Mannequin Simulators- Epidemiological Data Analysis Diane Groll, PhD Queen’s University CFHSG Completed
Going Places: Does the Two-minute Walk Test Predict the Six-minute Walk Test in Lower Extremity Amputees? Lauren Reid, PhD Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre CFHSG Completed
Efficacy of Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR) Program in Recruits Alain Brunet, PhD Douglas Mental Health University Institute DRDC Completed
Measuring Spatial Abilities Using Behavioural and Neuroimaging Approaches Giuseppe Iaria, PhD University of Calgary DRDC Completed
Default Connectivity as a Predictor of PTSD Symptomatology and Bio-Behavioural Correlates of Autobiographical Memory in Military PTSD Requirement Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD Western University CFHSG Completed
Effect of Whole Body Exposure to Primary Blast in Mice Ibolja Cernak, PhD University of Alberta DRDC Completed
Review of Existing Evidence and Development of Options for a Future Research Proposal Regarding the Effectiveness of Psychiatric Service Dogs in Treating PTSD in Veterans. James Gillett, PhD McMaster University VAC Completed
Investigating Cellular Reprogramming as a Tool for Identifying Neural Based Assays for PTSD James Ellis, PhD The Hospital for Sick Children DRDC Completed

2012

Project Title Principal Investigator(s) Institution(s) and Partner(s) Funder(s) Status
Canadian Psychiatric Association Military-Related PTSD Educational Module Don Richardson, MD Canadian Psychiatric Association DRDC Completed
The Study of Comorbid Physical Health Conditions and Anxiety in a National Sample of Veterans Jitender Sareen, MD University of Manitoba VAC Completed
The Study of Income, Mental Disorders and Suicide in a National Sample of Veterans Jitender Sareen, MD University of Manitoba VAC Completed
Development of Mental Health Grant Proposal Jitender Sareen, MD University of Manitoba DRDC Completed
Barriers to Employment Coping Efficacy Scale – Veteran Version (BECES-V) Research Project Marc Corbière, PhD Université de Sherbrooke VAC Completed
Neurofeedback Study Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD Western University CFHSG Completed
Biological Correlates of Military-Related PTSD – a Feasibility Study Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD Western University DRDC Completed
Understanding the Biological Basis of Mental Illness –Translational Clinical Research Protocol Development Rohan Ganguli, PhD Centre for Addiction and Mental Health DRDC Completed
Pain and Well-being Study: Analysis of Data from the Life After Service Study (LASS) - Survey on Transition to Civilian Life Elizabeth VanDenKerkhof, PhD Queen’s University VAC Completed
Biological Correlates of Military-Related PTSD Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD Western University DRDC Completed
Expression Profiling in Soldiers Returning from Tour in Afghanistan-A Genome Pilot Project Daniele Merico, PhD
Stephen Scherer, PhD
The Hospital for Sick Children DRDC Completed
Near-Term Ideas to Address Aircrew Helmet Systems-Induced Neck Pain Steven Fischer, PhD
Geoff Fernie, PhD
Queen’s University, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute CFHSG Completed
Investigating the Effects of Exposure to a Shared Traumatic Event in a Group of Mental Health Employees Margaret McKinnon, PhD St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton DRDC Completed
Evaluation of Disordered Sleep Physiology, Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain, Fatigue and Psychological Disturbances in Canadian Military Personnel with and without PTSD Harvey Moldofsky, PhD Toronto Psychiatric Research Foundation DRDC Completed
Preconditioning Against Blast-Induced Neurotrauma-Phase 1 Andrew Baker, PhD St. Michael’s Hospital DRDC Completed
Novel Biomarkers for the Early Diagnosis and Management of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI)-Phase 1 Sandro Rizoli, PhD Sunnybrook Research Institute DRDC Completed