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CCRF Funding Recipients


Jennifer Brunet, PhD (University of Ottawa) and Dugald Seely, ND, MSc (Ottawa Integrative Cancer Institute)

The effectiveness of a yoga therapy program to improve autonomic nervous system functioning and patient-reported outcomes in cancer survivors: A single-subjects multiple baseline study
Many Canadians diagnosed with cancer experience lasting negative effects on their health and well-being. Using heart rate variability and patient-reported outcomes, this study will test if yoga therapy has an effect on the body’s stress response system, mental health, and well-being. This research is relevant to patient care and may provide support for yoga therapy as a strategy that can and should be implemented in the community for individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer.


Brenda Leung, ND, PhD  (University of Lethbridge)

Pilot study of acupuncture to treat anxiety in children and adolescents
Anxiety disorder is a growing concern in school age children, and regular medical treatments (e.g. counselling, medications) have had limited success. Acupuncture may be beneficial in the treatment of anxiety, and has shown to be relatively safe, even in children. Given the growing demand for options of care in this population, research is needed to study the use of acupuncture in the treatment of anxiety in children and adolescents.

Marian Luctkar-Flude, RN, MScN, PhD
(Queen's University)

Exploring the effect of neurofeedback on postcancer cognitive impairment and fatigue: A pilot feasibility study
Many cancer survivors continue to experience distressing symptoms following treatment. Fatigue and cognitive impairment or “chemobrain” are poorly managed due to lack of effective treatments. Neurofeedback is a non-invasive, drug-free form of brain training reported to help with a variety of conditions including fatigue, depression, anxiety and cognitive decline. Our study will test procedures for a clinical trial of neurofeedback to determine whether it is a safe and effective treatment for symptoms in cancer survivors.


Chantal Morin  PhD (Student) 
(Sherbrooke University)

Interprofessional collaboration between physicians and osteopaths involved with pediatric patients
Through a provincial survey, the study will first document the actual interactions and collaborations between physicians and osteopaths treating pediatric patients in Quebec. Interviews will then further examine experiences of collaboration in this context, exploring enablers of and barriers to interprofessional collaboration. Study results and strategies to foster collaboration will be discussed with regulating bodies (Office des profession du Québec), osteopathic university program directors, and professional associations.

Laura Weeks PhD
(Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre)

Identifying patient outcome data collection strategies within integrative oncology settings worldwide: A Delphi survey
Our goal is to determine what data is being collected to evaluate patient experiences within cancer care programs that combine complementary therapies with standard care, and what people feel ideally should be done. We will survey clinicians, researchers, patients and decision makers in three rounds to work towards consensus for a common approach. We will use the results to develop evaluation guidelines that can be used across integrative oncology programs in Canada, and internationally.


Derek Rosa MPH, PhD (Student)  
(McMaster University)

Electro-acupuncture in the treatment of lymphedema among breast cancer survivors: A randomized controlled trial.
The purpose of this research is to determine if electro-acupuncture can be used to reduce chronic arm swelling (lymphedema) that results from breast cancer treatment.  It is hypothesized that 20 minutes of treatment using carefully calibrated amounts of electrical stimulation applied to acupuncture needles can improve lymphatic circulation leading to significant reductions in tissue swelling.  Electro-acupuncture could be recognized as a promising complementary therapy for lymphedema if found to be capable of eliciting these effects.

Amanda Baskwill BEd, RMT (Humber College)

The Use of an informational video to improve patient satisfaction, preparedness, mood and empowerment.
This project investigates the effect of showing an educational video to patients visiting a massage therapy student clinic for the first time. It is anticipated that providing the video, instead of only written information, will better educate patients on what to expect in their treatment leading to better patient satisfaction, preparedness, mood, and empowerment. If successful, similar patient educational videos could be used to benefit other student therapists, CAM therapists, and their patients.


Cary Brown, PhD 
(University of Alberta)

Self-Shiatsu Hand Massage as an intervention to promote sleep efficiency in persons with chronic pain: A pilot study
Sleep and pain affect each other across many diseases and age groups.  This means that strategies to help someone achieve better sleep will also help them manage their pain. Self-massage can also help people feel more in control and capable. Using a combination of objective and patient-reported assessments we will study teaching patients how to apply their own self-Shiatsu hand massage before bed to determine if it has an effect on sleep and on pain.   

Deborah Kennedy, ND, MBA, 
(Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM))

The Diagnostic Predictability of Food Allergy Testing in Individuals with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): A Comparison between various laboratory methods and an elimination diet. (The FAST Study)
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) sufferers often find that specific foods can exacerbate their symptoms; identifying which foods involves a long and arduous process. Different food allergy tests are marketed to IBS sufferers and healthcare practitioners as an easy way to identify these offending foods.  Which test method might be best to use? This project compares the results of different food allergy methods versus an elimination/challenge diet to determine which method maybe superior in IBS sufferers.

Jeffrey Scholten, BSc, DC
(NUCCA Chiropractic Practice & University of Calgary) and 
Dugald Seely, ND, MSc (CCNM & Ottawa Integrative Cancer Center (OICC))

Fatigue is frequently identified as one of the most troublesome symptoms in cancer patients and there are very few conventional therapies which can address the symptom of fatigue in patients who are undergoing cancer treatment. This study will be testing whether the administration of a complementary therapy (individualized homeopathy) to a patient undergoing chemotherapy treatment is feasible and whether this treatment can lessen the fatigue symptoms of adults.

Laura Weeks, PhD 
(The Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre (OICC))

Towards Integrative Cancer Care: A Participatory, Formative Evaluation of Practitioner Integration at the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre
Through interviews and focus groups, we will evaluate elements of integrative oncology practice at the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre and clarify a collective vision for integrative practice at the OICC. For example, we will explore whether and how patient care plans are collaboratively developed and other strategies to foster patient-centred integrative care. Actual practices will be compared to the collective vision to inform the development of strategies to shift current practice closer to the vision.


Richard Nahas MD, CCFP
(University of Ottawa)


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in patients with type II diabetes mellitus

Patricia Poulin, C Psych
(The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute)

Evaluating the effects of body awareness practice on body awareness, physical function, body kinetics and disability among individuals with chronic pain


Martin Descarreaux DC, PhD, 
(Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres)


Neuromechanical effect of spinal manipulation and its relation to clinical outcomes: a control study.

Kate Sauks PhD (Student),
(Department of Surgery, University of Toronto)

Biomechanic and cellular changes within the rat gastrocnemius muscle and calcaneal tendon post tenotomy: Do Traumeel injections make a difference?

Dugald Seely ND, MSc,
(Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine)

An assessment of the ability of ionic foot bath (IonCleanse) to remove heavy metals through the feet and its potential impact on body burden of heavy metals