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McMaster researchers help translate clinical research into better health

Published: April 30, 2009
Brian Haynes
Dr. Brian Haynes, professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Dr. Brian Haynes, professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, is taking a lead role as a principal investigator in a new national research network called Knowledge Translation Canada (KT Canada).

The network, based at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, will address one of the greatest challenges in health care today: the fact that although there is a great deal of health research being conducted, there is a gap in applying the results at the patient’s bedside and in every day health decisions.

The funding for KT Canada includes $9.8M for research projects from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and $2.4M for infrastructure from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), awarded through the highly competitive peer-reviewed Research Hospital Fund / Clinical Research Initiative. The funding will support projects involving more than 50 researchers in six centres in Ontario, Québec and Alberta.

In explaining the vision and value of knowledge translation, Dr. Alain Beaudet, president of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research said: "Billions of dollars are invested globally each year in the world’s smartest people and best research technologies to advance the frontiers of health knowledge. It is critical that this new knowledge be harnessed more effectively in ways that deliver meaningful health and commercial benefits to individuals across this country and around the world."

KT Canada researchers will work on projects in specific areas such as diabetes, infectious disease and pediatric problems, but they will generate results applicable in any field. 

KT Canada’s work will include a major training initiative for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, as well as a webcast seminar series open to researchers, clinicians, health policy-makers, trainees and other stakeholders. Information may be found on the KT Canada website.

Brian Haynes and John Lavis, are co-leads for the McMaster site for KT Canada. Other McMaster professors involved include: Maureen Dobbins, Kathleen Ann McKibbon, Donna Ciliska, Marko Simunovic, Gordon Guyatt, Deborah Cook, Philip Devereaux, Mohit Bhandari, Parminder Raina, Norman Archer, Lisa Dolovich, James Douketis, Mary Catherine Law, Anthony Levinson, and Melissa Brouwers.

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