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Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University, Hamilton

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Brian Haynes, MD, MSc, PhD, FRCPC, FACMI, MACP, FRSC (Site Leader)

Brian Haynes is Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Medicine, and Chief of the Health Information Research Unit at McMaster University. He is on the active medical staff of Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton Ontario, where he specializes in diabetes care. His main research interests are in improving health and health care through enhancing the validation, distillation, dissemination and application of health care knowledge. He is one of the originators of evidence-based medicine and is founding editor of ACP Journal Club, Evidence-Based Medicine, and EvidenceUpdates.

  • Health Information Resource Unit - HIRU
  • KT+
    KT+ provides access to the current evidence on "T2" knowledge translation* (i.e., research addressing the knowledge to practice gap), including published original articles and systematic reviews on health care quality improvement, continuing professional education, computerized clinical decision support, health services research and patient adherence. Its purpose is to inform those working in the knowledge translation area of current research as it is published.


John Lavis, MD, PhD (Site Leader)

John N. Lavis, MD PhD, is the Director of the McMaster Health Forum, Canada Research Chair in Knowledge Transfer and Exchange, a Professor (in both the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the Department of Political Science), and a Member of the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis at McMaster University. His principal research interests include knowledge transfer and exchange in public policymaking environments and the politics of health systems. He directs the Program in Policy Decision-Making, a research program affiliated with McMaster’s Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis, and he wrote the report that underpins the chapter on "linking research to action" in the World Report on Knowledge for Better Health. He teaches an undergraduate course on the politics of health systems for the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) programme at McMaster, a simulations course in the same programme, and a doctoral seminar for the PhD in Health Policy programme. He teaches a week-long module on ‘Promoting the use of research-based evidence in healthcare organizations’ for Canada’s Executive Training for Research Application (EXTRA) program and runs one-day and two-day workshops on using research evidence for governments and international agencies. He is President of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Advisory Committee on Health Research and a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Advisory Committee on Health Research. He is Co-Editor of the Policy Briefs series co-published by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and the WHO-sponsored Health Evidence Network. He is a member of the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (AHSPR) Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee, the Cochrane Collaboration’s Effective Practice and Organization of Care (EPOC) Review Group, and the WHO-sponsored Evidence-Informed Policy Network (EVIPNet) Resource Group. John holds an MD from Queen’s University, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a PhD from Harvard University.

  • McMaster Health Forum
  • Health Systems Evidence
    Health Systems Evidence is a continuously updated repository of syntheses of research evidence about governance, financial and delivery arrangements within health systems, and about implementation strategies that can support change in health systems.


Norman Archer, PhD

Dr. Norm Archer is a Professor Emeritus in the DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, Canada, and is a Special Advisor to the McMaster eBusiness Research Centre. He was a key individual in the development of a M.Sc. eHealth program to meet the high demand for graduates with backgrounds in business, health, and computer science. This is a multidisciplinary collaboration between the DeGroote School of Business, the Faculty of Health Sciences, and the Faculty of Engineering at McMaster. Norm and his graduate students and colleagues are intensively involved in studies of the adoption and use of electronic health records in Canada, including issues of interoperability, electronic medical record system adoption by physicians, and the impact of personal health record systems on health self management by consumers. During his career, he has published over 100 refereed journal articles and conference papers.


Melissa Brouwers, BSc, MA, PhD

Dr. Melissa Brouwers is an Associate Professor and Health Services Research Lead in the Department of Oncology and an Associate Member of the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University; the Provincial Director of the Program in Evidence-based Care, Cancer Care Ontario; the National Lead for the Capacity Enhancement Project of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer Corporation and the KT Lead for Health Economics, Services, Policy and Ethics (HESPE), a National Consortium of HSR researchers in cancer. She holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of Toronto and an MA and PhD in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario. She is an active and leading member of various national and international research groups including a member of the Clinical Guidelines (CG) Action Group of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer Corporation (CPACC), the Lead of the AGREE Research Enterprise (Principal Investigator of AGREE Next Steps Project, upcoming AGREE A3 Project and the AGREE Research Trust), and a member of ADAPTE Research Consortium. She is also a member of McMaster University’s Collaboration for Health KT Stream. Melissa’s primary research interests include the development, dissemination, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based decisions products such as clinical practice guidelines, standards, and quality indicators, models of decision-making, and knowledge translation and/or brokering.


Maureen Dobbins, RN, PhD

Maureen Dobbins, RN, PhD is an associate professor in the School of Nursing at McMaster University and a career scientist of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Her research is focused on understanding knowledge translation and exchange among public health decision makers in Canada. Studies have included: identification of barriers and facilitators to research utilization; understanding the information needs of public health decision makers at the local, provincial and federal level; evaluating the use of systematic reviews in provincial policies; exploring where research evidence fits into the decision-making process; evaluating the impact of knowledge transfer strategies, and exploring knowledge brokering in public health units in Ontario.

  • health-evidence.ca
    health-evidence.ca aims to support evidence-informed decision making in public health by providing current research evidence in a searchable online registry.


Lisa Dolovich, BScPhm, MSc, PharmD

Dr. Dolovich’s current research interests include; the patient perspective about using or deciding to use medications, pharmacist integration into primary care practice, continuity of healthcare, pharmacy and health services practice research, and evaluating the clinical and policy relevance of interventions that can improve prescribing and patient medication-taking behaviour.


Jim Douketis, MD

Dr. James Douketis is the Director of the Vascular Medicine Program and Staff Physician in Vascular Medicine and General Internal Medicine at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. He is a Professor in the Department of Medicine at McMaster University and the Associate Director of the Clinical Teaching Unit at St. Joseph’s Healthcare. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Toronto. He then completed a fellowship in thromboembolic disease at McMaster University.

Dr. Douketis’ research interests include perioperative antithrombotic therapy, prognosis of patients with venous thromboembolism, bleeding risks during antithrombotic therapy, hormonal therapy and thrombosis, prevention of venous thromboembolism in medical patients, and clinical practice guideline development for the prevention and treatment of obesity.

Dr. Douketis is the Deputy Editor of ACP Journal Club and has 160 scientific publications, of which over 100 are peer-reviewed articles.

Dr. Douketis lives in Hamilton with his wife, Dr. Margaret Nowaczyk, a clinical geneticist, and two boys, Jack and Luke, and is a cellist with Symphony Hamilton.


Mary Law, PhD, FCAOT

Mary Law, Ph.D., FCAOT is a Professor and Associate Dean (Health Sciences) Rehabilitation Science and associate member of the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University. She holds the John and Margaret Lillie Chair in Childhood Disability Research. Mary is co-founder of CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research, a multidisciplinary research centre at McMaster University. Mary’s KT research centres on the use of client-centred outcome measures, strategies to improve access to rehabilitation research information, and transfer of research knowledge about OT interventions into practice.


Anthony Levinson, MD, FRCPC

Anthony Levinson is a full-time associate professor and the Director, Division of e-Learning Innovation for the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster. He holds several research grants, and is an award-winning educator and sought-after speaker. One of the youngest endowed research chairs in the country, his work as the Evans Chair in Educational Research focuses on the integration and testing of new learning technologies to improve knowledge translation, health education and training for health care professionals and the public. He is a member of the Collaborations for Health advisory team, and co-theme leader for Knowledge Translation, with a particular emphasis on the role of information and communication technologies to enhance collaboration. He is also a practising physician, with clinical expertise in neuropsychiatry and consultation-liaison psychiatry for the medically ill.

Anthony graduated from McMaster University’s Medical School (1997), followed by a residency in psychiatry (2002), and a Master’s degree in Health Research Methodology (2004). He has an MA in Critical Theory, with a joint honours degree in English Literature and Philosophy. From 2002 - 2004, he participated in the Clinical Investigator Training Program through McMaster University and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and was a clinical and research fellow in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences.

Evans Chair website: http://fhs.mcmaster.ca/main/endowed_chairs/health_sciences_education_chair.html
McMaster Health Forum website: http://healthforum.mcmaster.ca/researcher_levinson.php

Kathleen A. Martin Ginis, Ph.D.

Dr. Kathleen Martin Ginis is a Professor of Health and Exercise Psychology at McMaster University’s Department of Kinesiology. Her research program focuses on psychosocial influences and consequences of physical activity participation, particularly among people with disability She received her Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo in 1996. She has received nearly $5 million in research funding, including a $1 million Community-University Research Alliance grant to develop and implement physical activity interventions in the Canadian spinal cord injury community. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her research, and was recently inducted as a Fellow to the National Academy of Kinesiology. She has published over 125 refereed scientific journal articles and book chapters, and is a co-author of The Psychology of Exercise: Integrating Theory and Practice. Her research has been featured in countless TV, radio, and magazine segments including the CBC, BBC, CNN and “O” The Oprah Magazine.

Ann McKibbon, BSc, MLS, PhD

Ann McKibbon’s interest in KT centres on systematic reviews and their methods, vocabulary related to KT, information retrieval including refining search filters to identify KT material in the large bibliographic databases, and the use of health information technology to support KT. She also teaches KT to librarians and other information scientists and is the director of a new interdisciplinary MSc in eHealth. Ann works with the McMaster Health Information Research Group and the PHAC National Coordinating Centre for Methods and Tools in relation to these projects and interests.


Parminder Raina, PhD

Dr. Parminder Raina is a Professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University. He specializes in the epidemiology of aging with emphasis on developing the interdisciplinary field of geroscience to understand the processes of aging from cell to society. Dr. Raina also holds the inaugural Raymond and Margaret Labarge Chair in Optimal Aging and holds a CIHR Investigator award. He received the Ontario Premier’s Research Excellence award on research in aging in 2004 to train and mentor new researchers. He is the Director of the internationally recognized McMaster Evidenced-based Practice Center which is funded by the U.S based Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Dr. Raina holds several national and international grants and has published many peer-review reports and articles for national and international agencies, and in leading scientific journals. Dr. Raina is the lead principal investigator of the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging.