Dr. Sharon E. Straus is a geriatrician/general internist/clinical epidemiologist; Director of the Knowledge Translation (KT) Program at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s; Deputy Physician-In-Chief, St. Michael’s; and, Vice Chair, Medicine (Mentorship, Equity, Diversity) and the Division Director for Geriatric Medicine at the University of Toronto. She completed her MD and residencies in internal medicine and geriatric medicine at the University of Toronto. She also earned an MSc in clinical epidemiology at the University of Toronto. She holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Knowledge Translation and Quality of Care and has obtained more than $30 million in peer-reviewed research grants as a principal investigator. Dr. Straus has over 350 publications, and has supervised over 25 graduate students from different disciplines including clinical epidemiology, health informatics and human factors engineering. Her research interests are in evidence-based medicine, knowledge translation, diagnostic tests and health informatics.
Jacqueline Tetroe retired from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research in 2013, after working for 7 years as a senior advisor to the Vice President of Knowledge Translation. Prior to that she was a researcher and research manager at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and at the Canadian Population Health Initiative. She has a masters degree in developmental psychology and a PhD (ABD) in cognitive and educational psychology. She has written numerous publications in health research, educational psychology and psycholinguistics, including co-editing a book focussing on knowledge translation in health care. She currently cares for her husband and two year old grandson.
Dr. Ian Graham is a Senior Scientist in the Clinical Epidemiology Program of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and Professor in the department of Epidemiology & Community Medicine, University of Ottawa. He is an adjunct associate professor in the School of Nursing at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. From 2006-20012 he was on an interchange with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research where he held the position of Vice-President of the Knowledge Translation and Public Outreach. During his tenure at CIHR, he was responsible for the Evaluation, Analysis and Impact Branch (2006-2009), Knowledge Translation Branch (2006-2012), Partnerships and Citizen Engagement Branch (2006-2012), Communication and Public Outreach Branch (2009-2012), and Pan-institute Affairs and Initiatives Branch (2009-2012). Dr. Graham obtained a B.A (1st Class Honours) in sociology from McGill University, an M.A. in sociology from the University of Victoria, and a Ph.D. in medical sociology from McGill University. He had a postdoctoral fellowship at the Clinical Epidemiology Unit of the Loeb Research Institute (now OHRI) His research has largely focused on knowledge translation (the process of research use) and conducting applied research on strategies to increase implementation of research findings and evidence-based practice. He has advanced KT science though the developed two planned action models, the Ottawa Model of Research Use and the Knowledge to Action Model.