Current Research

Undergraduate Medical Education

Development and Usability of an Online Mindfulness Based Program for Medical Student Wellness. D. Kosycki, M. Danilewitz, Co-Principle Investigators.  Funding: Canadian Physician Health Institute.

Effects of a Mindfulness Curriculum in Undergraduate Medical Education.  H. MacLean, C. Gonsalves, Co-Principle Investigators.  Funding:  Department of Medicine and Department of Innovation in Medical Education University of Ottawa.

A Mixed-methods Investigation of the Benefits of a Mandatory Mindfulness Based Intervention for Medical students. M. Sanchez-Campos, C. Gonsalves, Co-Principle Investigators.  Funding: PIME Department of Family Medicine, University of Ottawa. 

Clinical Populations

Comparative Trial of a Mindfulness-Based Intervention Versus Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder.  Principal Applicant: Diana Koszycki. Co-applicants: Jean-Philippe Daoust, Jacques Bradwejn.  Funding: Ontario Mental Health Foundation

Research on Mindfulness in persons with Multiple Sclerosis (PWMS)

Multiple sclerosis has a significant negative impact on mood, cognition and quality of life. However, these factors are often neglected in MS Clinics given a lack of resources and the focus on pharmacological and medical-based therapies. Mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) is a group-based intervention that has proven effective in improving wellness in various medical conditions. Our group has completed a feasibility study of 47 PWMS demonstrating positive benefits of mindfulness on mood and HRQoL. We therefore are proposing a randomized control trial to evaluate the efficacy of MBSR administered via videoconference in improving wellness in MS. Outcomes will expand upon prior studies and include mood, cognition, and quality of life indicators, as well as biological markers (brain structure and brain function).

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