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October 16, 2019



Dr. Ian Pike receives Japanese fellowship


BCIRPU Director Dr. Ian Pike has been rewarded a research fellowship to travel to Japan to explore the development of a social marketing program to promote child passenger safety among parent and caregiver drivers. 


The fellowship is sponsored by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. Dr. Pike will be traveling to the National Research Institute of Police Science in Chiba and will work with researchers, including Dr. Kazuko Okamura, for 7 weeks in October and November 2019.



Kids in neighbourhoods with larger households less likely to be killed in residential fires: new research


BCIRPU research found that a child's risk of death or injury in a residential fire was greatly reduced in neighbourhoods with larger than average households. 


The study is the first to broadly investigate the socioeconomic factors that affect fire incidence and fire-related injuries and death at the neighbourhood level in Canada.


“Many studies have looked at how individual factors, like smoking or drinking, increase a person’s risk of being injured in a fire, or those studies overlooked children altogether,” said senior author Dr. Ian Pike. “By shedding light on the neighbourhood-level factors, this research could help municipalities and emergency responders identify areas at greater risk and adapt campaigns to target those most vulnerable.”


To learn more:

Web story (BC Children's Hospital Research Institute)

Journal article (CMAJ Open)


Dr. Ian Pike receives Fire Researcher of the Year Award


Dr. Ian Pike has received the 2019 Fire Researcher of the Year Award from the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs. Dr. Pike was recognized at the Fire Rescue Canada Awards Gala Dinner on September 16 in Calgary, Alberta.


“On behalf of my collaborators, I am extremely honoured to receive this award,” Dr. Pike said. “Thank you to the Fire Chiefs for their contributions to improving fire safety in Canada.”


Learn more about BCIRPU’s research on fire safety.



Early Childhood Outside (ECO) research study


The Early Childhood Outside (ECO) research study, conducted by Dr. Mariana Brussoni, aims to develop an online tool for early childhood educators and others to help support outdoor play for children in child care setting. You are invited to share your ideas and suggestions to help us build this online tool! 


Learn more about the study here.


For more information or to participate in this study, please contact the ECO research team at playoutside@bcchr.ca or call 604-875-2433. 


New initiatives promote outdoor play among children and youth


Outdoor Play Canada (OPC), an organization dedicated to encouraging and improving to outdoor play in nature and the outdoors, launched at the end of September. BCIRPU Scientist Dr. Mariana Brussoni is on the leadership group of OPC. 


A new toolkit for Risk Benefit Assessment for Outdoor Play was launched at the first Breath of Fresh Air Summit. The toolkit is designed to help anyone providing outdoor play programs for children in Canada develop a personalized approach to risk benefit assessment. 


OPC named an award after Dr. Brussoni for her efforts in encouraging outdoor risky play among children and youth, and she was the inaugural recipient.


New factsheets on measuring the cost of injury


We have two new printable factsheets available online to help you understand Disability-Adjusted Life Years (DALY) and Potential Years of Life Lost (PYLL)/Preventable Years of Life Lost (PrYLL).


Access the factsheets at the links below: 


Updated CATT e-learning module for school professionals


Teachers, school staff, school administrators, learning aides, and early childhood educators now have access to an updated version of the Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT) e-learning module to support them in recognizing and responding to a concussion, as well as resources detailing how to manage an student’s return to school.


The revised CATT for School Professionals contains recommendations from the 2017 Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport and other evidence-based resources, including that prolonged rest until all symptoms have resolved is not recommended.


Take the new CATT for School Professionals course and access school-related concussion resources.


Homemade caps help keep babies warm this winter


The annual CLICK for Babies campaign is at the halfway mark. This annual campaign aims to raise awareness of the Period of PURPLE Crying® to reduce shaken baby syndrome and other forms of infant abuse.


Thank you to all knitters and crocheters who have contributed newborn baby caps! It's not too late to join this year's campaign—if you enjoy knitting or crocheting, please send caps that are at least 50% purple in soft washable new yarn, with a circumference of 14 inches and a height of 6 inches. 


For more information, contact chumphreys@bcchr.ca or karen.sadler@bcchr.ca at 604-875-2000 ext. 5100.




Volunteers needed for Brainwaves program


BCIRPU was successful in receiving funding from ICBC for their Brainwaves program, an informative and fun neuroscience half-day presentation that teaches grade 4-6 students in Metro Vancouver about the brain and spinal cord, and why it is so important to protect them.
Volunteers with an understanding and passion for injury prevention are needed to deliver the hands-on program, which includes sharing activity booklets, helmet fitting tips, and Jello Brains, in classrooms across BC. A criminal record check is required, and a minimum time commitment of one day a month plus time for training sessions. If you are interested in volunteering, contact 604-875-6928 or email dsamarakkody@bcchr.ca.




International Road Safety Symposium


UBC Bureau of Integrated Transportation Safety and Advanced Mobility, in partnership with BC Centre for Disease Control, will be hosting an International Road Safety Symposium to continue supporting expertise and knowledge exchange for road safety across BC. 


Renowned international experts from the Netherlands, Australia, and Canada, along with municipal and provincial experts, will be discussing and sharing their experience and recent research. 


November 7-8, 2019

Holiday Inn Vancouver-Centre

711 W Broadway, Vancouver 
Learn more and register online

Questions? Contact Clark Lim at clim@civil.ubc.ca


Recent publications


Beaulieu E, Rajabali F, Zheng A, Pike I. The lifetime costs of pediatric abusive head trauma and a cost-effectiveness analysis of the Period of Purple crying program in British Columbia, Canada. Child Abuse & Neglect. 2019 Nov; 97. Epub ahead of print. LINK 


Beaulieu E, Smith J, Zheng A, Pike I. Association between neighbourhood socioeconomic features and residential fire incidence, related casualties and children: a cross-sectional population-based study in 4 Canadian provinces. CMAJ Open. 2019 Sep 3; 7(3): E562-E567. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20190079. LINK 


Emery C, Palacios-Derflingher L, Black AM, Eliason P, Krolikowski M, Spencer N, Kozak S, Schneider KJ, Babul S, Mrazik M, Lebruin CM, Goulet C, Macpherson A, Hagel BE. Does disallowing body checking in non-elite 13- to 14-year-old ice hockey leagues reduce rates of injury and concussion? A cohort study in two Canadian provinces. British Journal of Sports Medicine. Epub 06 September 2019. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2019-101092. LINK


Joshi A, Rajabali F, Turcotte K, Beaton MD, Pike I. Fall-related deaths among older adults in British Columbia: cause and effect of policy change. Injury Prevention. Epub 30 August 2019. LINK 


Vlaar J, Brussoni M, Janssen I, Masse LC. Roaming the Neighbourhood: Influences of Independent Mobility Parenting Practices and Parental Perceived Environment on Children’s Territorial Range. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health. 2019, 16(17), 3129. LINK


Staff updates


We would like to welcome Anita Yau, our new Research Assistant, to the BCIRPU! 


Following the completion of her Bachelor of Science at UBC, Anita has the opportunity to provide administrative and financial support to the Unit. She conducts literature searches, prepares grant applications, and provides financial support. She is proud to be working with an amazing team at BCIRPU.


We would also like to thank all of our summer students for their efforts these past few months, and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavours. Your work this summer was invaluable.




Webinar series


On Thursday, November 21, Dr. Jeff Brubacher will discuss cannabis and motor vehicle crash injuries.


Join us at 10:00 AM PST.



What do you think about Active & Safe?


We're conducting a quality improvement survey for our resource on injury prevention in sport and recreational activities.


Visit activesafe.ca and click on the pop-up to take the survey before November 6.



BCIRPU 2018-2019 Annual Report

2018-2019 marked 20 years of the BCIRPU working to reduce disability and death from injuries in BC. 


Read about our achievements in injury surveillance, research, knowledge translation, and public information throughout the 2018-2019 year in our Annual Report.




Running Free: Children's Independent Mobility


The premiere screening of the documentary Running Free: Children's Independent Mobility was held on Wednesday, September 18 at UBC's Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre. BCIRPU Scientist Dr. Mariana Brussoni was one of the panelists. 


Produced by Professor Guy Faulkner from UBC’s School of Kinesiology, the 26-minute documentary explores the concept of children’s independent mobility, the benefits for children’s mental health, and challenges viewers to consider solutions to this issue.

Watch the documentary on YouTube.



Media highlights


How to recognize a concussion

Shelina Babul, CTV News, August 29.


Parents being urged to be vigilant around kids near water

Ian Pike, CHNL Radio, July 24.


Get out and PLEY!

Mariana Brussoni, Dalhousie News, July 15.




National Teen Driver Safety Week


National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW) takes place from October 20 to 26, 2019. 


This year's campaign, organized by Parachute, the national injury NGO, will focus on the key issues of drugged, distracted, alcohol-impaired, and aggressive driving. 


Learn more on Parachute's website.



What we're reading


Below are some injury prevention updates from across BC and Canada.


Seniors' Health


Falls and vehicle collisions top causes of injury hospitalization for seniors (Canadian Institute for Health Information) LINK




Concussions and children returning to school - what parents need to know (The Conversation) LINK


Translating Research to Care: Canadian Pediatric Concussion Guidelines (Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health) LINK


Road Safety


Low THC levels not linked to increased risk of car crashes (UBC News) LINK




Plain-Language Summaries: A Vital Ingredient in Knowledge Translation (Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research) LINK



CHIRPP database


CHIRPP is a self-reporting injury surveillance system run by the Public Health Agency of Canada. Through the collection of data from patients/parents in the Emergency Department, CHIRPP provides a current picture of injury occurrence and helps establish priorities for research and intervention. BC Children's Hospital data is accessible from CHIRPP Coordinator Atousa Zargaran.



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