The Centre for Heart Lung Innovation (HLI), together with partners from Providence Health Care (PHC) and various University of British Columbia (UBC) Departments and Units, have received $50,000 to develop a new training initiative for graduate students and postdocs whose research focuses on health disciplines.
This new program will equip students with the basic tools and skills to engage and communicate with diverse stakeholders, to ensure that their research is properly designed, implemented, and translated into real-world practices. These skills are critical as graduate students and postdocs become the next generation of scientific experts, leaders, professionals, and advocates in society. The new funding will enable the team to build an organized, formal training program that is not currently offered by graduate programs at UBC.
Over the next year, the team will develop a series of seminars and workshops focused on knowledge translation (KT) basics implementation. The team will also work with UBC’s Knowledge Exchange Unit to develop a set of modular training materials that is tailored for students in health research. Students will then put these new skills into practice through a series of patient forums and focus groups and participation in the UBC 3-Minute Thesis competition.
Stay tuned to get involved! Activities and seminars over the next year will be advertised through graduate program and Department mailing lists.
Learn more about the program in this interview published in The Daily Scan.