Five Clinician Researchers Awarded: 2022 PSI Graham Farquharson Knowledge Translation Fellowship

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Knowledge translation research aims at transitioning research discoveries to the real world to improve health outcomes. The PSI Graham Farquharson Knowledge Translation Fellowship – valued at $300,000 for over two or three years – helps protect a promising clinician’s research time, allowing the Fellow to undertake high-impact translational research in Ontario.

5 Clinician Researchers Awarded with the 2022 PSI Graham Farquharson Knowledge Translation Fellowship

PSI Foundation is pleased to name five clinician researchers as the 2022 PSI Graham Farquharson Knowledge Translation Fellowship recipients:

Dr. Imaan Bayoumi – Queen’s University (Recipient Biography)

Dr. Andrea Gershon – Sunnybrook Research Institute (Recipient Biography)

Dr. Shawn Mondoux – McMaster University (Recipient Biography)

Dr. Brodie Nolan – St. Michael’s Hospital, Unity Health Toronto (Recipient Biography)

Dr. Derek Roberts – University of Ottawa (Recipient Biography)

Please visit their recipient biographies for more information on each of these Fellows and how they will be using PSI funds to conduct high-impact knowledge translation research. We thank all stakeholders for supporting PSI with the 2022 competition.

About the 2022 PSI Graham Farquharson Knowledge Translation Fellowship Competition

In May 2021, PSI launched the 2022 competition through a Letter of Intent (LOI) process. This was PSI’s first time launching this award through such process, which opened up the competition to more stakeholders by allowing candidates to directly apply to PSI.

The LOIs were reviewed by an internal sub-committee in late August 2021; successful applicants were invited to submit their full applications to PSI. Full applications were reviewed by the PSI Grants Committee in early December 2021.

The Committee approved $1.5 million in new funding for the 2022 PSI Graham Farquharson Knowledge Fellowship. Samuel Moore, Executive Director of PSI Foundation, comments: “This investment of $1.5 million in five Ontario clinician-researchers represents PSI’s largest commitment to any new program in decades. This is the largest amount that PSI has ever funded for this award in a single competition.”

One of the major enhancements made to this award for this competition was the stronger emphasis on knowledge translation. Throughout announcements, guidelines, and application forms for this award, PSI had repeatedly stated that knowledge translation must be the fundamental purpose of this Fellowship and must be demonstrated in the application.

PSI Foundation’s Commitment to Funding Knowledge Translation Research

Since the launch of this award in 2012, PSI invested $5.7 million in funding the PSI Graham Farquharson Knowledge Translation Fellowship. Together with other awards including the 2020 Mental Health Knowledge Translation Fellowship, PSI has invested a total of $6.3 million in knowledge translation research, providing salary support and protecting the research time of 21 clinician researchers in Ontario.

This funding portfolio demonstrates PSI’s strong commitment to support the physician of Ontario to advance translational research in Ontario.

“I am so proud of PSI’s commitment to knowledge translation by supporting the research programs of physicians in Ontario,” says Samuel Moore. “I look forward to seeing the tremendous impact these clinician-researchers make on the health care system and for all of us through their research.”

PSI has funded research in many surgical and medical areas resulting in changes to clinical bedside practice. PSI’s investment in knowledge translation research is one of the pillars in achieving its mission of improving the health of all Ontarians.

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