Patients and Families as Reviewers for Health Research Grants

Friday, January 11, 2019 - 8:30am - 12:30pm
Event Location 

Conference Room 7, St Paul's Hospital, 1081 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y6 

Intended Audience 
Patients, Families, and Researchers

Are you curious about health research – who does it, who funds it, and how it’s done? Does the idea of being a member of a grant review panel, providing the perspective of a patient or family member, interest you? Then this workshop may be for you!

This two-part workshop covers fundamentals of health research in Canada and the grant review process.

Primary audience:

The workshop is primarily intended for patient and family members who are interested in learning more about health research and the grant review process, and the importance of adding a patient/family member lens to help guide emerging research. It is also open to clinicians and researchers who are interested in learning about how patients and family members can contribute to the grant review process.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the workshops, participants will:

  • Understand the fundamentals of health research in Canada, including: what kinds of health research are done, who does health research, who funds health research, the research lifecycle, and how the integrity of research is ensured through ethics and peer review
  • Understand the process used by Providence Health Care and Vancouver Coastal Health to decide which research proposals to fund
  • Understand the role of patients and family members as members of a grant review panel
  • Explore their level of interest in becoming a member of a grant review panel, providing the perspective of a patient or family member

About the speaker: 

Colleen McGavin is the Patient Engagement Lead for the BC Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) SUPPORT Unit. She is responsible for the development and implementation of the provincial patient engagement plan; for providing services, including training, to clients of the Unit who want to partner doing patient-orientation research; and for the Unit’s Patient Council, a group of 16 people from around the province who engage with Unit staff about operational issues. Colleen also does grant reviews for the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), providing a patient lens.

She is a cancer survivor and was a family caregiver to her parents in the final years of their lives. Because of these experiences, since 2009, she has been a volunteer with Patient Voices Network, a BC organization that fosters partnerships between people with personal experience of a health condition and those who work within health care or health research to make improvements in policy and practice. In 2016, Colleen received the Partners in Research Science Ambassador award for her work in patient engagement.

This workshop is being conducted in partnership with Providence Health Care, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute,  the Transplant Research Foundation of BC and the BC SUPPORT Unit 

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