T4P: Pre-Conference Workshop


“Tools for Patient-Oriented Research” (T4P) Pre-conference Workshop, October 3, 2018 12:30pm - 4:30pm

In response to the increasing (1) ‘push’ from funding organizations for patient-oriented research, and the (2) ‘pull’ from health care researchers for resources to support patient engagement on research teams, the BC SUPPORT Unit is offering a half day in-person workshop to provide researchers / trainees with exposure to existing tools and resources for patient-oriented research.

Registration is free of charge. Workshop details for this workshop will be circulated in the summertime.

What is the purpose of the workshop? 

To provide researchers / trainees with an opportunity to explore an array of resources to inform and support engaging patients on research teams.

Who is the workshop appropriate for? 

Healthcare researchers and trainees interested in - or currently doing - patient-oriented research.

When is the workshop? 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 from 12:30pm - 4:30pm

Where will the workshop be hosted? 

#PPF18 hotel: Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Downtown (1128 West Hastings Street). The hotel has a special rate of $350 per night, plus taxes and fees. Make your reservation at this rate here.  

This workshop is being held in Vancouver but is intended as a pilot for potential distribution as an in-person event throughout BC and potentially for delivery in a virtual format.

What is the format of the workshop? 

This half-day in-person workshop will include both didactic and interactive components. Participants will require a laptop, tablet or other electronic device to enable real-time interaction with resources accessed via the internet.

What are the objectives of the workshop?

  1. To expose researchers and trainees to helpful tools for different phases of the research cycle, that may be used for designing and undertaking research which includes patient partners on the team.
  2. To provide an opportunity for researchers/trainees to network enabling potential collaboration on future shared initiatives.
  3. To share information, and enable discussion, regarding the services available from the BC SUPPORT Unit to assist teams in developing grant applications and undertaking projects which are in alignment with the definition of patient-oriented research.

Who is hosting the workshop?

T4P will be hosted by Alison Hoens and Larry Mroz: 

Alison Hoens is the Knowledge Translation Specialist for the Methods Clusters at the BC SUPPORT Unit. She’s a Clinical Professor in the UBC Department of Physical Therapy, a Research Associate at CHEOS, and is seconded to the SUPPORT Unit from her positions as both Knowledge Broker at UBC and Research, Education, and Practice Coordinator for Physiotherapy at Providence Health Care. She has a passion for supporting researchers, clinicians, decision-makers and patients/family/carers in collaboratively undertaking research that is translated effectively into care.

Dr. Lawrence Mróz is the Research Navigator & Patient Engagement Coordinator for the Vancouver Centre of the BC SUPPORT Unit.  He has a master's degree in biology and worked in molecular biology bench research and with the first year biology laboratory teaching program at UBC. He has a doctorate in human nutrition and has many years experience teaching and doing qualitative health research at UBC in cancer prevention and survivorship, men’s health and palliative care. He brings his teaching and research experience and passion for understanding patient perspectives and experiences with their health into his work helping researchers  develop their patient-oriented research programs.