Interprofessional Practice Based Research
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Practicing nurses and health discipline clinicians have a unique perspective for recognizing clinically relevant research questions. However, they may not have the time and/or expertise to undertake these research initiatives. The IPBR program aims to provide our frontline clinicians with tools, resources, and guidance to pursue a research question that will generate evidence to improve their practice.
Chief Nursing Executive
“The IPBR program further advances our Interprofessional Strategic Care Plan which has three priority areas of patient care, education and research. I think the program provides a really unique way to bridge research and practice in a very meaningful and tangible way. It also demonstrates our commitment to academic practice and best practice by providing opportunities for clinicians to engage with researchers and research staff to answer their clinical questions.”
The IPBR team works closely with the Professional Practice program and links to the Nursing and Health Disciplines, Quality, Education, and Research leadership at St. Michael’s Hospital.
The St. Michael's IPBR team
Director of IPBR
Dr. Topolovec-Vranic is an accomplished neuroscientist with more than 30 peer-reviewed publications and numerous published abstracts and conference presentations. As director of IPBR she is focused in building infrastructure, tools and resource to enable our nursing and health disciplines clinicians to carry out practice-based research. Find Dr. Topolovec-Vranic’s full researcher profile here.
Research Coordinator III
Dr. Bosma is also a neuroscientist, with expertise in neuroimaging and chronic pain. She has published more than 25 peer reviewed articles, has held multiple tri-council awards, and plays a leadership role in numerous academic organizations. She is dedicated to developing educational initiatives that bridge the knowledge-to-practice gap. As a research coordinator for IPBR, she does this by working with clinicians to shape clinical problems into research questions, connecting clinicians with analytical experts, and designing practice-change/knowledge translation strategies.
Dr. Teresa Valenzano is a licensed speech-language pathologist who is passionate about bridging the gap between clinical practice and research. Her work focuses on using clinical experiences to drive research, in an effort to establish guidelines for evidence-based practice and decision-making. In her role as a research coordinator for the IPBR program, she provides support and education to health care professionals to help develop their clinically based questions into research projects.