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Université Laval, Quebec

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France Légaré, MD, PhD, CCFP, FCFP (Site Leader)

France Légaré has a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Laval University and a master’s degree in community health. She has practiced family medicine in Quebec since 1990 and is an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Laval University. In 2005, she obtained her Ph.D. in Population Health from the University of Ottawa under the supervision of Dr. Annette O’Connor. The same year, she was awarded a grant as a clinical investigator from the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec (FRSQ) for her research program entitled "Health professionals in primary care: From knowledge brokers to decision brokers". Dr Légaré has held the title of Canada Research Chair in the Implementation of Shared Decision Making in Primary Care, junior level, since June 2006. She has also been Representative to the Canadian Cochrane Network Site of Laval University (the CHUQ Research Centre) since 1999.

Gaston Godin, PhD (Site Leader)

Professor Gaston Godin received his doctorate degree in community health (Ph.D.), behaviour sciences option, at the University of Toronto, in 1983. Since then, his research domain has been about health promotion and more specifically about health behaviours (e.g., physical activity, blood donation, adherence to treatment, condom use). The aims of his research program are a) to identify the determinants of the adoption, maintenance and modification of health behaviours, b) to improve the measurement of theoretical constructs and the prediction of behaviours and c) to develop, implement and evaluate new theory-based interventions.

He is a professor at Laval University, in Québec City, since 1976. He holds the Canada Research Chair on Behaviours and Health, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Tier 1; CIHR: 2004-2011). He was visiting professor at various institutions such as at Harvard University (public health: behaviour sciences), Boston, USA (1987-1988), Maastricht University (prevention and health promotion), The Netherlands (1994-1995), Sheffield (psychology) and Leeds (psychology) Universities, England (2002), and Paul-Verlaine University (psychology) in Metz, France (2009).

He is very active in several research groups. He is, among other things, one of the funding members of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) of which he was a president from 2005 to 2006. He is also a member of different scientific associations (e.g., ISBNPA; European Health Psychology Society), organizations (e.g., Unité de recherche en santé des populations, CHA; Réseau sida/MI of the Fonds de recherche en sant? du Québec, FRSQ), and committees (e.g., President of the scientific committee of Kino-Québec since 2004; Member of the scientific committee of ParticipAction).

He is the author and the co-author of near 200 peer-reviewed scientific publications. He gave numerous conferences on many different occasions in Québec and overseas. He was also a member of several committees evaluating programs or grant proposals on behalf of many different agencies. He regularly acts as a reviewer for several scientific journals such as Health Psychology, Psychology & Health, British Journal of Health Psychology, etc. Finally, he has supervised the graduate studies of almost 50 master and doctorate students in community health.

Louis-Philippe Boulet, M.D.

Dr. Boulet holds a Chair in Knowledge Transfer, Education and Prevention in Respiratory and Cardiovascular health. The objective of this chair is to reduce the human and socio-economic burdens that constitute these diseases by assessing new knowledge transfer methods in this field for the benefit of health professionals, patients as well as other stakeholders. With the support of Dr Paul Poirier and Dr Sébastien Bergeron in terms of cardiovascular disease, along with numerous local, national and international partnerships, Dr Boulet established a research program based on the development of educational materials, medical practice and pedagogical intervention facilitative tools as well as a research and communication program on the risk factors of cardiopulmonary diseases.

Sophie Desroches, RD, PhD

Sophie Desroches, RD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Food and Nutrition Sciences at Laval University and a Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec Junior 1 research scholar. Following her graduate training in clinical nutrition and cardiovascular diseases, she completed a CIHR-funded postdoctoral fellowship in Knowledge Translation to explore shared decision making in nutrition as a way to improve both knowledge translation in nutrition, and patient involvement in nutrition-related treatment decision making. Building on the diversity of her training experiences, her research program aims to secure the conceptual, methodological and practical bases to optimize knowledge translation in the clinical practices of dietitians, with special interests for shared decision making and adherence to dietary advice. She currently leads a CIHR-funded study to identify the determinants of the intention of dietitians to engage in shared decision making behaviours. She also leads a Cochrane systematic review of "Interventions to enhance adherence to dietary advice for preventing and managing chronic diseases in adults" for which she was awarded a CIHR Knowledge synthesis grant to establish a partnership with Dietitians of Canada to improve the translation of the research findings of the systematic review to dietitians and other potential knowledge users.

Marie-Pierre Gagnon, PhD

Marie-Pierre Gagnon, PhD, CIHR New Investigator is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Nursing of Laval University. Her research program focuses on the use of scientific evidence in the implementation of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in healthcare. She is principal investigator on three CIHR funded projects looking at the production and utilisation of knowledge on the Electronic Health Record (EHR) to support its adoption and integration in the healthcare system. Her other research interests include the evaluation of health technologies and its impact on decision making, the study of individual, professional and organisational determinants of ICT integration in the healthcare system, the participation of patients in healthcare decisions, the methods for synthesising scientific knowledge, and the best practices in knowledge translation and application.

Michel Labrecque, MD, PhD, CCMF, FCMF

For over 25 years, Michel Labrecque has pursued a successful academic career in family medicine. Dr Labreque has unique and wide-ranging expertise as a clinician, a teacher, and a researcher. He worked at the Family Medicine Unit (FMU) of the Centre hospitalier de l’Université Laval (CHUL) of the CHUQ from 1985 to 1994, at the FMU of Rimouski from 1999 to 2003, and at the FMU of the Saint-François d’Assise Hospital of the CHUQ from 1994 to 1999 and from 2003 to the present time. Over the years, Dr Labrecque has acted as a consultant for organizations that include the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the Centre de coopération internationale en santé et développement (CCISD) of Laval University, UNICEF, Family Health International and EngenderHealth. Dr Labrecque has been invited to participate in 198 national and international symposia, seminars, and workshops. He has presented 186 scientific communications and published 194 articles, 82 of which appeared in peer-reviewed journals.

Mathieu Ouimet, PhD

Mathieu Ouimet, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Université Laval (Québec, Canada), a Research Scholar (Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec-FRSQ), and a researcher at the CHUQ Research Centre. His principal research interests include determinants of research utilization among policy analysts and decision-makers, determinants of academic researchers’ involvement in knowledge dissemination and transfer activities, and infrastructures facilitating access to research evidence in health care organizations. He teaches graduate courses in epistemology and health policy and systems. He is the Director of the Master in Public Affairs Program of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Université Laval. He has worked as a policy analyst at the Monterégie Regional Health Authority and with other public and not-for-profit organizations, such as the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ) and the Canadian Partnership against Cancer (CPAC) on projects in evidence-informed policy-making. He holds an MA and a PhD in Political Science from Université Laval, and a 2-year Postdoctoral Certificate in Evidence-Informed Policy-Making from McMaster University.