“I am truly honoured to receive the 2017 PSI Graham Farquharson Knowledge Translation Fellowship. This award will be the essential catalyst to the development of a research program in Pediatric Transfusion Medicine – an area where clinical and laboratory practice would benefit tremendously from evidence-based knowledge translation work. Thank you to my mentors and to PSI for this exciting opportunity to devote my time to Knowledge Translation research.”
The PSI Foundation is pleased to announce Dr. Ziad Solh of McMaster University as the 2017 PSI Graham Farquharson KT Fellow. This Fellowship — valued at $100,000 per year for three years — is intended to protect a new, promising clinician’s research time, allowing the Fellow to undertake high-impact translational research.
Best practices in blood transfusion lead to enhanced patient safety and optimal utilization of health care resources. Dr. Solh will work on improving transfusion practices in the pediatric hospital setting by linking evidence-based knowledge translation interventions with barriers to transfusion knowledge uptake that he described in previous work. Expected changes will include enhanced reporting, investigation, and prevention of transfusion-related injuries.
Dr. Solh holds an MD from the University of Ottawa, a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry/Biochemistry from Western University, and an MSc in Health Research Methodology from McMaster University. He completed his pediatrics residency training at Queen’s University and his pediatric hematology/oncology and Clinician-Investigator training at McMaster University. He currently holds a part-time faculty appointment in the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster Children’s Hospital as he completes a Royal College Area of Focused Competence program in Transfusion Medicine at McMaster University and Canadian Blood Services.