SBRN Newsletter – January 30, 2019

SBRN membership survey results
January 17, 2019
Screen time predicts delays in child development, says new research
February 13, 2019

In this issue…

Do you have a colleague who is interested in sedentary behaviour?

Since the launch of SBRN in 2011, there has been a steady growth in SBRN memberships; there are currently more than 1650 members from more than 50 countries. If you have a colleague who is interested in sedentary behaviour, please encourage them to join ( Joining SBRN is free, and membership is open to any researcher or health professional with an interest in sedentary behaviour. Our goal is to connect members with the latest research related to sedentary behaviour, to help our members communicate their research to the public at large, to advance sedentary beahviour research, and to inform and learn from practitioners and professionals on strategies to promote healthy sedentary behaviours. As an SBRN member you will be a part of the only network focused specifically on the health impact of sedentary behaviour. Membership benefits include opportunities for communicating with other sedentary behaviour researchers via our private list-serv, a listing in our online directory, and increased visibility for your sedentary behaviour-related research and clinical/public health work via the SBRN website.

JSGS Population Health Policy Lab is funding cutting edge active living research.

The Population Health Policy Laboratory (PHPL) at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the Universities of Regina and Saskatchewan is seeking competitive applications for Masters, Doctoral and Post-Doctoral degrees from candidates interested in conducting cutting-edge active living research using ubiquitous tools such as smartphones.

PHPL is currently implementing SMART, which is a mobile health and citizen science methodological platform for active living surveillance, integrated knowledge translation, and policy interventions.

As part of the SMART Platform, researchers at PHPL are engaging with citizen scientists via their smartphones to implement multiple studies with varied study designs (e.g., cross-sectional, longitudinal, randomized trials) across different jurisdictions. The SMART Platform provides the flexibility to engage with participants (i.e., citizen scientists) in real-time to capture rich data on active living. The studies utilize mixed-methods approaches to understand not just the quantity of physical activity and sedentary behaviour, but also where, when, how, and more importantly, why populations are active and/or sedentary. This ability to collect comprehensive active living data is achieved by triangulating traditional surveys with ecological momentary assessments deployed via smartphones and mobile sensors, including global positioning systems, accelerometers, pedometers, and WIFI networks.

Successful candidates will be provided funding to complete their research during full time enrolment (2 years for Master’s and Post-Doctoral candidates and 4 years for Doctoral candidates).

Interested candidates should contact Dr. Tarun Katapally: or To find out more about the SMART Platform, you can directly contact the SMART Team at

Funding for the SMART Platform is provided by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation.

Please send any relevant items of information for the SBRN monthly newsletter. We also welcome summaries of research studies for publication on the SBRN website.

Nearly one third of SBRN members who participated in our membership survey last fall suggested more active communication in the form of a monthly newsletter or regular emails to update members on opportunities to collaborate, sedentary behaviours related conferences, and ways to get involved in projects. We have listened to your feedback and this email represents our first SBRN newsletter. For this newsletter to be useful and relevant, we need you to send along relevant items of information. If you have any items that you think would be of interest to fellow SBRN members, please send them to We respect the amount of unnecessary emails you receive so the plan is for a maximum of one SBRN newsletter per month. Your feedback and comments are always welcomed.

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