Alberto Nettel-Aguirre


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Recent Research Projects

The Built Environment and Active Transportation Safety in Children and Youth

2016/17-2020/21 • $1,975,476 • PI,CO,Other
The Convention on the Rights of the Child states that "...children have the right to the highest attainable level of health and the right to a safe environment, free from injury and violence." Active transportation (AT), such as walking and biking, is a healthy way for children to explore their...

The Canadian Childhood Nephrotic Syndrome (CHILDNEPH) Project

2015/16-2020/21 • $553,244 • PI,CO,Other
Our goal is to improve the clinical care and outcomes of children with nephrotic syndrome. Currently, nephrotic syndrome care is quite variable across Canada, and there are also gaps between best evidence and practice. These issues are potential barriers to optimizing health outcomes of children...

Evaluating innovations in transition to adult care: Transition Navigator Trial

2018/19-2020/21 • $525,092 • PI,CO
Transition to adult care is a challenging and complex time for adolescents and young adults with chronic health conditions. Many patients and families struggle to adapt to adult health care settings, and report difficulties accessing needed services to manage their health conditions into...

TICS: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Intervening in Children with Tourette's Syndrome

2018/19-2020/21 • $435,377 • PI,CO
Tourette syndrome (TS) is common. TS affects over 80,000 Canadian youth. Tics are the core symptom of TS. These are repetitive, sudden, semi-voluntary movements or sounds. In some children, these tics can be especially bad and require treatment. However, options are limited. Medications for TS...

SHRed Injuries: Preventing Injuries and their Consequences in Youth Sport and Recreation

2018/19-2020/21 • $407,021 • PI,Other
Injuries are not accidents; they are predictable and preventable. Injuries are the leading cause of ill health and mortality in Canadian youth. Sport and recreational (S&R) injuries account for more than 40% of this burden. One in 3 youth seeks medical attention for a S&R related injury each...

Defining the immune dysfunction in childhood nephrotic syndrome: Toward therapeutic reversal without glucocorticoids

2019/20-2020/21 • $321,657 • PI,CO
Nephrotic syndrome is the most common kidney disease among children. Affected children have massive leakage of protein into the urine and as a consequence, develop body swelling (edema). Most children respond to treatment with steroids, however many of them require repeated courses for frequent...

Identification of biomarkers for antenatal depression in early pregnancy and associations with Child developmental milestone achievement at 12 and 24 months of age in the All Our Families prospective cohort

2018/19-2020/21 • $73,650 • PI,CO,Other
Antenatal depression (AD) is one of the most common pregnancy complications in developed countries. It affects about 17% of pregnancies, translating to nearly 68,000 Canadian women per year. AD is a debilitating disease for mothers, and has negative impacts on the fetus, and later infant...

Evaluating the Impact of Primary Care Patient-Provider Relationships on Emergency Department Utilization by Adolescents with Chronic Conditions

2019/20 • $163,143 • PI,CO,Other
Traditionally, primary care has focused on establishing long-standing patient-physician relationships as a means to providing coordinated, continuous, patient-centered, and comprehensive care. Yet, it is unknown whether adolescents and young adults with chronic conditions maintain relationships...

Defining the immune dysfunction in childhood nephrotic syndrome: Toward therapeutic reversal without glucocorticoids

2019/20 • $100,000 • PI,CO
Nephrotic syndrome is the most common kidney disease among children. Affected children have massive leakage of protein into the urine and as a consequence, develop body swelling (edema). Most children respond to treatment with steroids, however many of them require repeated courses for frequent...

Pathogen specific effectiveness of probiotics in children with acute gastroenteritis

2014/15-2018/19 • $607,891 • PI,CO
Background: Worldwide, acute gastroenteritis (AGE), which presents as vomiting and diarrhea, is a leading cause of hospitalization and death in children. Each year, Canadians suffer from 5 million episodes of AGE. The majority of episodes are caused by viruses, and a small proportion by...

PLAY GAME: Post-concussion syndrome Affecting Youth: GABAergic effects of Melatonin

2013/14-2017/18 • $877,392 • PI,CO,Other
One in seven children will have had a concussion by age ten, and 11% of those children continue to have symptoms three months later. These symptoms, referred to as post-concussion symptoms (PCS), include headaches, fatigue, sleep disruption, mood and concentration difficulties. They often result...

The role of the built environment in determining the effectiveness of a pedometer-based physical activity intervention

2015/16-2017/18 • $131,563 • PI,CO
Neighbourhood built environments can support and constrain the physical activity that adults undertake. Associations between neighbourhood built environment characteristics and physical activity exist, yet little is known about how the built environment influences individual's decisions to adopt...

Evaluating Innovations in Transition to Adult Care: Transition Navigator Trial

2017/18 • $100,000 • PI,CO
Transition to adult care is a challenging and complex time for adolescents and young adults with chronic health conditions. Many patients and families struggle to adapt to adult health care settings, and report difficulties accessing needed services to manage their health conditions into...

Temporal relations between neighbourhood walkability and walking for different purposes in Canadian adults: A longitudinal residential relocation study

2017/18 • $14,930 • PI,CO
There is growing interest in how the neighbourhood built environment (or "walkability") shapes human behaviour, including physical activity. Studies have found positive associations between walkability and physical activity, and in particular recreational and transportation walking. Despite...

Pathways to weight: The influence of neighbourhood environments on the weight status of adults

2012/13-2016/17 • $269,809 • PI,CO
More than one-half of Canadian adults are currently overweight or obese and this proportion is likely to increase in the future due to our increasingly unhealthy lifestyles. There has been recent focus on the built environment's role in determining behaviours related to overweight and obesity,...

The Built Environment and Active Transportation Safety in Children and Youth

2015/16 • $49,973 • PI,CO
The Convention on the Rights of the Child states that "...children have the right to the highest attainable level of health and the right to a safe environment, free from injury and violence." Active transportation (AT), such as walking and biking, is a healthy way for children to explore their...

The Implementation and Evaluation of an Alberta Childhood Asthma Clinical Pathway.

2011/12-2013/14 • $350,000 • PI,CO,Other
Asthma is the most common chronic disease in children. Unfortunately many children do not receive optimal therapy based on best evidence. One way to optimize management is to develop clinical pathways which help guide clinicians. A provincial clinical pathway for the management of chronic and...

The Canadian Childhood Nephrotic Syndrome (CHILDNEPH) Project

2013/14 • $100,000 • PI,CO,Other
Childhood nephrotic syndrome is a common childhood kidney disease. Children with nephrotic syndrome leak protein from blood into urine. Many of those affected can have a relapsing course of disease. Steroids are the treatment of choice for nephrotic syndrome and repeated treatment courses of...

Health Impact of Unexpected School Closure

2010/11 • $197,384 • PI,CO,Other
On 30 June 2010 Eugene Coste Elementary School in Calgary closed. This was unexpected and due to a small number of enrolments. The final decision was made in March 2010. Children have to deal with the prospect of starting up in a new school, closer or further away from home and away from...

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