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Dr. Corey Tomczak (Photo courtesy of SHRF)

U of S researchers awarded 12 SHRF Collaborative Innovation Development grants

A research team that includes Dr. Corey Tomczak and Dr. Marta Erlandson are testing the effectiveness and feasibility of Saskatchewan’s first chronic disease management intervention program for children with congenital heart disease.

Dr. Corey Tomczak and Dr. Marta Erlandson are co-principal investigators with Dr. Kristi Wright, and Dr. Timothy Bradley on the successful SHRF Collaborative Innovation Development grant which provides seed money to support interdisciplinary research activities that represent the first steps toward pursuit of more comprehensive funding. Their research team also includes Dr. Charissa Pockett and Dr. Scott Pharis and they are testing the feasibility and effectiveness of a new eight-month intervention program for children with congenital heart disease (CHD). They have already tested the feasibility and child/parent satisfaction of a week-long day camp-style chronic disease management program for children with CHD. The new program will be the first in Canada specifically tailored for children with CHD, and feature specially designed sessions to improve physical activity, arterial function, cardiopulmonary fitness, body composition, bone health and psychological health.

For more information, visit the SHRF website or see the U of S News profile.

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