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VCH Research Institute's monthly health research update.
Issue 35 April 2018

A brighter future with bipolar disorder

At age 20, Madeline Clarkson is already an old hand at helping researchers study disease. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 15, Clarkson was soon enrolled in a long-term study at the University of British Columbia Mood Disorders Centre. The program has helped her stabilize her condition, find a support network and plan for her future.

I say yes  

to participating because it's so cool that we can be the ones to teach doctors! By sharing my experience I'm helping researchers understand.
– Madeleine Clarkson, New Westminster

Opportunity to Participate in Research

Can we improve intimacy after prostate cancer?

This study is recruiting couples in which one member underwent treatment for prostate cancer to evaluate if different treatment options can improve intimacy after treatment.

Can a different inhaler improve adherence to medication?

This study is recruiting participants with a diagnosis of asthma to look at different features of the Connected Inhaler System and how they may affect adherence to medication. 

Can peers improve the confidence of other wheelchair users?

This study is recruiting participants who have a manual wheelchair and want to improve their mobility in it.

Find a Research Study

Tips for living with bipolar disorder

by Dr. Kam Keramatian
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Track your mood.
It takes less than two minutes! Use paper or download a mood tracker mobile app to track your mood on a daily basis. Share it with your doctor and/or counsellor.
Prioritize sleep.
Make sure you get adequate sleep and practice good sleep hygiene. Poor sleep can trigger a relapse into mania or depression or signal that you are already having a relapse.
Recognize warning signs. 
Sleep disruption, poor concentration, change in energy, irritability or being talkative are all early warning signs.

Upcoming Events

Health design showcase

This event will feature health-related design projects by Emily Carr University students, industry and community partners. Learn more

Date April 17, 2018
Location Emily Carr University of Art + Design
520 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver

Prevent falls and enhance your mobility

Worried about falling? Join this evening presentation to learn the latest in falls prevention, risk factors, and exercises that are the most effective in reducing falls. Learn more

Date May 3, 2018
Location VGH Paetzold Auditorium
899 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
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