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KT Canada Summer Institute 2022

June 16, 2022 - July 21, 2022

2022 KT Canada Summer Institute

We are pleased to announce the Knowledge Translation (KT) Canada Virtual Summer Institute, to be held online in Summer 2022.

Please note that the virtual Summer Institute will take place during weekly sessions – Thursday afternoons (Eastern Time), from June 16 – July 21, 2022.

The purpose of this Summer Institute is to provide participants with the opportunity to increase their understanding of knowledge translation research as well as opportunities and challenges in this field. The Summer Institute will provide participants with the change to network with colleagues including national KT experts.

The theme of the 2022 Institute is: ‘Opportunities to advance KT science’.

The Summer Institute is aimed at graduate students, post-doctoral and clinical fellows, and junior faculty who study issues relevant to KT and those who want to learn more about how to advance their research skills in this area.


Registration Cost – please note that these figures are subject to change. We do not expect them to increase but they may decrease.

Cost for trainees: $175

Cost for non-trainees (junior faculty, research staff): $300


Additional speakers TBD. Confirmed speakers to date:

Dr. Melissa Brouwers

Dr. Melissa Brouwers is the Director of the School of Epidemiology and Public Health (SEPH) at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa. Prior to joining the University of Ottawa, Dr. Brouwers was a Professor in the Departments of Oncology (primary) and Health Research Methodology, Evidence and Impact (affiliate) at McMaster University where she also served as the Director of the Program in Evidence-based Care, the guidelines program for Cancer Care Ontario; the Director of the Centre for Evidence-based Implementation at Hamilton Health Sciences; and the Deputy Director of the Escarpment Cancer Research Institute. Dr. Brouwers holds a wealth of experience as a health services researcher with special interest in knowledge translation, implementation science and evaluation. Furthermore, she has a passion for graduate school education and international research collaborations. She obtained her PhD in Social Psychology from Western University.

Dr. Janet Curran

Dr. Janet Curran, Quality and Patient Safety Applied Research Chair (IWK Health, Nova Scotia Health), is a Professor in the School of Nursing at Dalhousie University, Co-Principal Investigator at the SPOR Evidence Alliance and Co-Director of the JBI Centre of Excellence at Dalhousie University. Dr. Curran works with patients, families, and healthcare providers to co-design interventions to improve health outcomes and health system change.


Dr. Khaled El Emam

Dr. Khaled El Emam is the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Medical AI at the University of Ottawa, where he is a Professor in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health. He is also a Senior Scientist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute and Director of the multi-disciplinary Electronic Health Information Laboratory, conducting research on privacy enhancing technologies to enable the sharing of health data for secondary purposes, including synthetic data generation and de-identification methods. Khaled is co-founder and CEO of Replica Analytics, a company that develops synthetic data generation technology, which was recently acquired by Aetion. As an entrepreneur, Khaled founded or co-founded six product and services companies involved with data management and data analytics, with some having successful exits. Prior to his academic roles, he was a Senior Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada. He also served as the head of the Quantitative Methods Group at the Fraunhofer Institute in Kaiserslautern, Germany.In 2003 and 2004, he was ranked as the top systems and software engineering scholar worldwide by the Journal of Systems and Software based on his research on measurement and quality evaluation and improvement. He held the Canada Research Chair in Electronic Health Information at the University of Ottawa from 2005 to 2015. Khaled has a PhD from the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, King’s College, at the University of London, England.


Dr. Marie-Pierre Gagnon

Marie-Pierre Gagnon, PhD, is Full Professor at the Faculty of Nursing at Laval University and scientist at the VITAM Research Center in Sustainable Health, and the Quebec University Hospital Centre. She holds the Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Technologies and Practices in Health. Her research program focuses on the evaluation of digital health technologies, the organisational, professional and individual determinants of digital health adoption and integration in the healthcare system, patient and public involvement in healthcare decisions, systematic reviews and best practices in knowledge translation and application.


Dr. Clayon Hamilton

Dr. Hamilton worked as the Regional Practice Lead in Research and Knowledge Translation (Long-Term Care) at Fraser Health Authority where he used research and partnerships to integrate evidence into practice to improve the quality of care, life, and work-life in the long-term care sector. A trained health services researcher, he completed a 2-year Health System Impact Fellowship supporting evaluation and system improvement as an embedded scholar at the BC Ministry of Health. He undertook postdoctoral training in knowledge translation and in health services at the University of British Columbia funded by CIHR and Michael Smith Health Research BC. His research has contributed to advancing the practice and evaluation of meaningful patient and family caregiver engagement in research and in health system decision-making. Dr. Hamilton holds a PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (Measurement and Methods) from Western University and a MSc from the same program. During his graduate and post-graduate training, he received several research awards and published in respected journals. Passionate about meaningful partnerships, Dr. Hamilton continues to lead and collaborate on projects to advance patient and family engagement in research, as well as more broadly in health system decision-making.

Dr. Janet Jull

Dr. Janet Jull is a settler-scholar with a Ph.D. in Population Health from the University of Ottawa. Dr. Jull develops and evaluates shared decision making tools and approaches to support client-centred care with a particular focus on health care systems. Much of Janet’s work is done in partnerships with urban Indigenous, Inuit, First Nations, and Métis communities. Dr. Jull also investigates how research is conducted in partnerships, specifically when those who are engaged in the production of research, partner with those who contend with the real-world needs and constraints of health systems. Dr. Jull’s work is focused on ensuring that research contributes knowledge that can be translated into more equitable and strengthened health systems. Dr. Jull co-leads the SPOR Evidence Alliance Indigenous Peoples Working Group (IPWG), whose mission is to ensure all knowledge synthesis and related activities promote Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination and are respectful and inclusive of Indigenous knowledges and ways of knowing, being, and doing.

Dr. Bryn Lander

Dr. Lander works in the Testing Secretariat in the COVID-19 Taskforce at Health Canada. Within this role she has helped to identify knowledge gaps in COVID-19 testing, screening and surveillance and liaised with clinicians and researchers across Canada in the development of research proposals to address these gaps. Dr. Lander also supported the development of a variety of COVID-19 testing policy and guidance documents for the government and the general public and organizes weekly meetings with the provinces and territories to share knowledge on testing, contact tracing and data. Dr. Lander holds a PhD from the University of British Columbia and conducted two implementation science evaluations for her post doctoral research in Vancouver. The first was an integrated knowledge translation project assessing the implementation of new clinician ordering processes in two hospitals. The second compared evaluation of a gynecological practice change between British Columbia and Ontario.

Dr. Anne Sales

Anne Sales is a nurse and Professor in the Sinclair School of Nursing and the Department of Family and Community Medicine in the School of Medicine at the University of Missouri (Columbia). She is also a Research Scientist at the Center for Clinical Management Research at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. Her training is in sociology, health economics, econometrics, and general health services research.  Her work involves theory-based design of implementation interventions, including: understanding how feedback reports affect provider behavior and through behavior change have an impact on patient outcomes; the role of social networks in implementation interventions; and effective implementation methods using electronic health records and digital interventions. She has completed over 40 funded research projects, many focused on implementation research. She is a founding co-Editor-in-Chief of Implementation Science Communications.

Dr. JD Schwalm

Dr. Schwalm is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology at McMaster University.  He is an Interventional Cardiologist at Hamilton Health Sciences and Niagara Health with clinical interests in both coronary and structural interventions (including Transcatheter Edge-to-Edge Repair).  Dr Schwalm is a Scientist at the Population Health Research Institute and Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Implementation (CEBI).  His research focus is knowledge translation/implementation sciences as it relates to the field of cardiology at the patient, physician, and health system level.  Dr Schwalm has authored over 70 peer-reviewed publications and 4 book chapters.  He has ongoing research collaborations with KT Canada, the World Health Organization and the World Heart Federation.

Dr. Dawn Stacey

Dawn Stacey RN PhD FAAN FCAHC FCAN holds a Research Chair in Knowledge Translation to Patients and is a Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Ottawa. She is a Senior Scientist and Scientific Director of the Patient Decision Aids Research Group at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. She leads the Cochrane Review of Patient Decision Aids, co-chairs of the Steering Committee for the International Patient Decision Aid Standards Collaboration (IPDAS) and collaborates on the Cochrane Review of Interventions for Increasing the Use of Shared Decision Making. More specifically, her research program focuses on: a) patient decision aids; b) decision coaching; c) implementation of evidence into practice; d) telephone-based care, and e) interprofessional approaches to shared decision making. She has >290 peer-reviewed publications and given >160 invited national and international presentations. In 2020, she won the Nursing Research Excellence Award from the Canadian Association of Schools of nursing and the University of Ottawa Award for Excellence in Research. For more information visit her research websites https://decisionaid.ohri.ca; https://ktcanada.ohri.ca/costars

Dr. Amol Verma

Amol Verma is a physician, scientist, and Assistant Professor in General Internal Medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto. He is working to study and improve hospital care using electronic clinical data. Amol co-leads GEMINI, Canada’s largest hospital clinical data analytics network, which is collecting data from >30 hospitals in Ontario. He is a Provincial Clinical Lead for Quality Improvement in General Internal Medicine with Ontario Health, a 2020 AMS Healthcare Fellow in Compassion and AI, and the Vice-Chair of the Researcher Council of the Digital Research Alliance of Canada. Amol completed medical training at the University of Toronto, a Masters degree at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and research fellowships through the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Clinician Investigator Program and the Canadian Frailty Network.

Applications are now open for the KT Canada Summer Institute. You can submit your information in either English or French.

What you’ll need for the application:

Junior faculty & research staff:

  • Name, email address, contact address
  • Institution, role title, and area of research
  • A description of your current research interests and how they relate to knowledge translation and knowledge translation research (500 words)
  • An abstract for a presentation of your research (300 words)
  • For those with results: Background, Methods, Results and Discussion/conclusions;
  • For those with research proposals: Background, Methods, Planned Analysis, Expected Outcomes
  • Canadian Common CV – Academic (draft version acceptable): https://ccv-cvc.ca/ NB: International applicants should submit an equivalent CV (one that is used for grant applications)

Graduate students and post-doctoral fellows:

  • Name, email address, contact address
  • Academic institution, program of study, year of study
  • Supervisor’s name and title
  • A description of your current research interests and how they relate to knowledge translation and knowledge translation research (500 words)
  • A description of your expectations and how the training program would facilitate your career goals (500 words)
  • An abstract for a presentation of your research (300 words)For those with results: Background, Methods, Results and Discussion/conclusions;
  • For those with research proposals: Background, Methods, Planned Analysis, Expected Outcomes
  • Support letter from one referee
  • Canadian Common CV – Academic (draft version acceptable): https://ccv-cvc.ca/ NB: International applicants should submit an equivalent CV (one that is used for grant applications)

You may submit your application here:

The deadline to apply has been extended to Sunday, Feb. 27 2022, 11:59 PM Eastern time.

Many thanks to our sponsors who help make the Summer Institute possible.



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