New members of the Royal Society of Canada join the ranks of academic trailblazers

September 7, 2017

Dr. Ian Graham has been elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), the highest academic accolade for scholars, artists and scientists in Canada. Fellowship includes sitting on panels to advise policy makers on decisions of great impact.

Dr. Graham is at the forefront of knowledge translation, a new area of research that is reducing costs and improving quality of care and health outcomes. He enhances patient care in Canada and abroad by using a social science lens to develop tools and frameworks to integrate research findings into everyday clinical practice. It has been estimated that $170 billion in research funding is wasted in part because the findings from the research are not being used by health care systems, doctors, nurses, other health care providers and patients. Dr. Graham’s knowledge-to-action framework is one of the most widely used to guide practice change, and he has become internationally renowned for the theory and tools he has developed to ensure research is considered when decisions are made about Canadians’ health.

“We often hear it takes 17 years for as scientific discovery to make its way into routine health care practice, and as a patient, a taxpayer, a researcher, this is far too long,” Dr. Graham says. “Knowledge translation research is beginning to reveal how we can reap the benefits of our investments in research as quickly as possible.”

Dr. Ruth Slack of the University of Ottawa was also elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Her research focuses on the regeneration of the damaged brain after a stroke or as a result of neurodegenerative diseases.

The two researchers will be recognized via official ceremony in November.

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