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Dr. Ian D. Graham Appointed Vice-President of Knowledge Translation at CIHR

June 29, 2006

Dr. Alan Bernstein, President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), announced today the appointment of Dr. Ian D. Graham as incoming Vice-President of Knowledge Translation at CIHR. This appointment is effective July 10, 2006.

"Dr. Graham is a welcome addition to the CIHR executive team," said Dr. Bernstein. "His accomplishments in knowledge translation will help CIHR ensure that it is fulfilling its mandate in this important area."

Dr. Graham is Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, University of Ottawa and Senior Social Scientist and Associate Director of the Clinical Epidemiology Program of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. He holds cross-appointments in the Departments of Medicine and Epidemiology & Community Medicine and is an adjunct professor in the School of Nursing at Queen's University. Dr. Graham obtained a PhD in medical sociology from McGill University, a Master of Arts degree in sociology from the University of Victoria, and a Bachelor of Arts degree with 1st class honours in sociology from McGill University.

"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the health research community and all Canadians by helping research evidence make its way into the health system," said Dr. Graham. "I look forward to working with colleagues in disciplines that span the breadth of health research. Together we can build on the tremendous progress CIHR has already made in the area of knowledge translation."

Dr. Graham's 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. Specific projects have related to the adaptation, implementation, and quality appraisal of clinical practice guidelines, as well as the uptake of guidelines and decision support tools by practitioners.

Dr. Graham is also the author of over 140 articles in peer-reviewed literature and a book titled "Episiotomy: Challenging Obstetric Interventions."