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Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St Michael's Hospital and University of Toronto, Toronto

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Sharon Straus, MD, MSc, FRCPC (Co-P.I. and Site Leader)

Dr. Straus is a general internist and geriatrician who received training in clinical epidemiology at the University of Oxford and the University of Toronto. She is a Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is a Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael's Hospital; the Director of Knowledge Translation for the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute and the University of Toronto; and the Division Director for Geriatric Medicine at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include knowledge translation and quality of care, the precision and accuracy of diagnostic tests, and mentorship. She was awarded a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Knowledge Translation and Quality of Care. She holds more than $18 million in peer-reviewed research grants.

Andreas Laupacis, MD, MSc, FRCPC (Site Leader)

Dr. Laupacis is a General Internist. In October 2006, he became Executive Director of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael's Hospital. Prior to this, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). He is a Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Health Policy Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Laupacis received his medical degree from Queen's University and his Masters degree in Design, Measurement and Evaluation from McMaster University. From 1991-2000 he was the first Director of the Clinical Epidemiology Unit at the Ottawa Hospital.

His research interests are broad, covering a variety of topics in clinical epidemiology, health services research and health technology assessment. Recently he has become interested in diagnostic imaging, particularly the challenges of determining appropriateness (which is important for managing wait times for CT and MRI). He has published over 260 peer-reviewed articles. He has also served as a member of numerous academic and governmental advisory committees and currently is a member of the Alberta Health Services Board and chairs its' Ethics and Quality Committee.

Onil Bhattacharyya, MD, PhD, CCFP

Dr. Bhattacharyya is a clinician Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital and assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Bhattacharyya's main research interests are knowledge translation, quality improvement in diabetes, aboriginal health and global health. Within KT Canada, he is developing an approach to assess and enhance the implementability of guidelines incorporating the views of guideline developers and end users.

Mark Chignell, PhD

Mark Chignell joined the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto as an Assistance Professor in 1990. He is currently a Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, with a cross appointment in the Department of Computer Science. He was an Assistant Professor in Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California from 1984 to 1990. Mark taught in the Psychology Department at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia from 1980 to 1982. He has a Ph.D in Psychology (University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 1981), and an M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering (Ohio State, 1984). He has been a visiting scientist at the IBM Centre for Advanced Studies in Toronto since 2002 and a visiting scientist at Keio University since 2005. He has co-authored books on expert systems and intelligent databases (published by John Wiley and Sons) and has written many journal and conference papers on topics such as hypertext and information retrieval, and user interfaces. Mark is the General Chair for the ACM Hypertext Conference to be held in Toronto in June 2010. His research has been funded by the Bell University Laboratories, the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), IBM, the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Oki Corporation, Ricoh Corporation, and Apple Computer. He has founded two start up companies, and currently runs Vocalage Inc., a high tech consulting and product development firm.

Diane Doran, RN, PhD, FCAHS

Dr. Doran (RN, PhD, FCAHS) is a full Professor at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, where she also holds a Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Nursing Senior Researcher Award. She is an adjunct professor at the School of Nursing, Queens University, and the School of Nursing, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. She is Scientific Director of the Nursing Health Services Research Unit, University of Toronto, and a member of the Research and Evaluation Committee of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, and member of the Mount Sinai Hospital Quality and Safety Board Committee. She completed a five-year term as Associate Dean of Research (2001-06) and Interim Dean (2005), and is now refocusing her full-time academic activities on research and teaching. She has recognized expertise in health-services research, outcomes measurement, patient safety, and e-Health. Her research has earned her the Ontario Premier's Research Excellence Award (1999), the Canadian Association of University Schools of Nursing Award of Excellence in Nursing Research (2000), the Dorothy Pringle Research Excellence Award, Sigma Theta Tau International, Lambda Pi Chapter (2000), and the Canadian Nurses Association Centennial Award (2008).

Susan Jaglal, BSc, MSc, PhD

Dr. Jaglal is the Vice-Chair Research and Associate Professor in U of T's Department of Physical Therapy with cross-appointments to the Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science and Departments of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation and Public Health Sciences. She is a Senior Scientist at Toronto Rehab and holds the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute Chair at the University of Toronto. She is a Senior Scientist at the Institute for Clinical and Evaluative Sciences and Senior Researcher at the Women's College Research Institute in the Osteoporosis Research Program. Dr. Jaglal has published and lectured widely in her areas of research, which include osteoporosis and rehabilitation health services with emphasis on utilization, appropriateness, effectiveness of services and knowledge transfer. She has a PhD in Epidemiology from U of T.

Muhammad Mamdani, PharmD, MA , MPH

Dr. Mamdani is the Director of the Applied Health Research Centre (AHRC), the Keenan Research Centre, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. He is also Associate Professor in the Dept of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation of the Faculty of Medicine, where he supervised graduate students and an adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). He holds a PharmD from the University of Michigan, a MA in Economics from Wayne State University, and a MPH from Harvard University and has published over 150 studies in peer-reviewed medical journals in the field of pharmacoepidemiology.

Scott Reeves, PhD

Scott Reeves is a Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael's Hospital and the Wilson Centre for Research in Education. He is also Director of Research at the Centre for Faculty Development, St. Michael's Hospital, an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Interprofessional Care. His main KT interests are focused how knowledge generated by interprofessional education are translated into practice.

Merrick Zwarenstein, MB, BCh, MSc, PhD

Dr. Zwarenstein is a Senior Scientist at the Sunnybrook Research Institute and at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Science and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. Dr. Zwarenstein's other appointments include the faculty of health science at Stellenbosch University in South Africa and the Karolinska Institute, in Sweden. His expertise and key research interests include randomized trials of complex interventions, knowledge translation, nurse - physician collaboration, teamwork and human relations in health care, and International health.