PSI-50 Mid-Career Clinical Research Award – Dr. Karen Burns

50th Anniversary Cover picture with photo of Dr. Karen Burns Posted: February 18, 2020

“This award marries my passion for critical care research and research methodology. With this award, I propose to enhance the visibility of SGBA in Critical Care and grow the science of ‘sex and gender research’ in acute care’. The results of the included studies are expected to inform policy, inform future study design and reporting, and catalyze secondary analyses of previously published studies. More importantly, this research program will build capacity in SGBA and position Canada as a leader in ‘sex and gender science’ in Critical Care.” – Dr. Karen Burns

Dr. Karen Burns’ Current Appointments:

  • Associate Professor and Clinician Scientist, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Staff Physician, Critical Care Medicine, Unity Health Network – St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Ontario
  • Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, Toronto, Ontario
  • Part-time faculty, Department of Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (McMaster University).

Dr. Karen Burns’ Research:

  • Dr. Burns’ current research program focuses on advancing the conduct and reporting of sex and gender based analyses (SGBA) in Critical Care.
  • Two studies in this research program will highlight under use and under-reporting of SGBA in practice changing research in both acute care and Critical Care research. Two studies will introduce researchers to secondary analyses of Critical Care research. The final study in her proposed research program will demonstrate how to conduct SGBA in a prospective, multicenter, cluster, crossover RCT of alternative resident work schedules

About the PSI-50 Mid-Career Clinical Research Award

In celebration of PSI Foundation’s 50th anniversary, this one-time award provides up to $300,000 in funding over three or four years for a clinician-researcher between five and 15 years of their first academic appointment. This award recognizes that this phase of a researcher’s career is particularly challenging, with additional academic roles and responsibilities as well as the ongoing clinical work, and it will protect at least 50% of a recipient’s time for research that aligns with PSI Foundation priorities.

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