Training and Mentoring Goal Group



Leads:
André Carpentier, Mathieu Bélanger

Co-Investigators: Caroline Jose, Neeru Gupta

Project Director:  Aurel Schofield

Project Coordinator: Michelle Murray


Diabetes is considered a global epidemic, affecting 8.5% of the worldwide adult population. By 2020, 10% of the Canadian population will be living with diabetes.  Presently there is a knowledge translation gap between the pillars of health research for many diseases including diabetes and its complications.  The Training and Mentoring Goal Group is working to reduce this gap through specific training and mentoring for researchers in this field.


We need to tailor education and training for researchers to put patients input at the forefront

Bridging the knowledge translation 1 (KT1) gap to alleviate suffering, morbidity and mortality by aligning biomedical, clinical, population health and health services research with what patients, their caregivers and healthcare providers is perceived as most urgent to improve diabetes and its related complications

We need to better understand the current institutional and systemic barriers to education and self-management of patients and training of health professionals and researchers. Furthermore, we will develop a shared vision for patient-oriented research outcomes among all stakeholders (patients, researchers, healthcare providers, policy makers, collaborating institutional and private partners of the Network, CIHR, Fonds de recherche du Québec Santé [FRQS], Michael Smith Foundation, Diabetes Canada, and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation [JDRF]). By supporting the expansion of gender-sensitive, culturally safe and efficacious approaches to diabetes care for health professionals and trainees across Canada, we can ensure that our most vulnerable patients receive care that meets their unique needs

The Training and Mentoring Goal Group is Working to Build Capacity in Patient-Oriented Research

The Training and Mentoring Goal Group of Diabetes Action Canada aims to strengthen patient-oriented research capacity for diabetes and its complications in Canada. Our Goal Group focuses on preparing the next generation of diabetes researchers across Canada in Patient-Oriented Research (POR) methods pertaining to all CIHR pillars

Using this knowledge, we will develop a new curriculum for training researchers (basic science, clinical outcomes, health policy) in a multi-disciplinary environment of shared learning. Researchers and their supervisors (our SPOR Network Principal Investigators (PI) and partners) will prioritize and implement research strategies by first mapping and constantly monitoring the most important concerns of patients with diabetes and their care providers. Ongoing evaluation of the success of this new curriculum will enable iterative improvement in performance toward our education goals and change the culture of health and biomedical research in chronic diseases, and more specifically in diabetes and its complications, to be truly patient-oriented.

The Training and Mentoring Goal Group develops and organizes training and mentoring opportunities for graduate students (MSc and PhD), postdoctoral fellows and health professionals in POR in diabetes and its complications

Training opportunities in both official languages are available to patients, healthcare providers, researchers, policy makers and administrators. These activities are coordinated jointly with other Goal Groups such as the Patient Engagement Goal Group and the Indigenous Peoples Health Goal Group and in collaboration with partners such as CIHR, Diabetes Canada and CMDO (Quebec Cardiometabolic Health, Diabetes and Obesity Research Network).

The Training and Mentoring Goal Group also works to coordinate training activities with other SPOR Networks such as, CHILD-BRIGHT, Can-SOLVE CKD, Chronic Pain and IMAGINE to maximize training opportunities and synergize respective training strategies in POR


Training and Mentoring Goal Group – Developing Capacity in Patient-Oriented Research

The Training and Mentoring Goal Group of Diabetes Action Canada aims to strengthen patient-oriented research capacity for diabetes and its complications in Canada. Our Goal Group focuses on preparing the next generation of diabetes researchers across Canada in Patient-Oriented Research (POR) methods pertaining to all CIHR pillars.

The Training and Mentoring Goal Group develops and organizes training and mentoring opportunities for graduate students (MSc and PhD), postdoctoral fellows and health professionals in POR in diabetes and its complications.

Training opportunities in both official languages are available to patients, healthcare providers, researchers, policy makers and administrators. These activities are coordinated jointly with other Goal Groups such as the Patient Engagement Goal Group and the Indigenous Peoples Health Goal Group and in collaboration with partners such as CIHR, Diabetes Canada and CMDO (Quebec Cardiometabolic Health, Diabetes and Obesity Research Network).

The Training and Mentoring Goal Group also works to coordinate training activities with other SPOR Networks such as, CHILD-BRIGHT, Can-SOLVE CKD, Chronic Pain and IMAGINE to maximize training opportunities and synergize respective training strategies in POR.

  • Two training days (POR Training Session and Trainee development day) in advance of the Diabetes Canada Professional Conference held November 2nd-4th, 2017 in Edmonton, Alberta.
  • Winter Camp (French program) held in February 3rd to 6th, 2018 at Hôtel Chéribourg, Magog-Orford, Québec offered by the Training and Mentoring Goal Group in collaboration with the Quebec Cardiometabolic Health.
  • POR Training Session prior to the Diabetes Action Canada Annual Workshop held on May 4th– 5th, 2018. This full-day session will be held on May 3rd, 2018
  • POR Training Session in the spring 2018 in Moncton (in French). Details to come…

Patient-Oriented Research (POR) Early Career Investigator Mentorship Award in Diabetes and its Complications 2017-2018

In June 2017, the Training and Mentoring Goal Group Diabetes launched its first Intercentre Mentorship award for early career investigators interested in Patient-Oriented Research (POR) in diabetes and its complications.

The goal of this award is to promote networking and optimal integration of early career investigators into the Diabetes Action Canada (DAC) Network and the Canadian diabetes research community. Up to two (2) annual mentorship awards of $10,000 each will be awarded to early career investigators to work with an internal mentor and an external mentor. At least one mentor will be a regular member of the DAC Network.

Stay tuned for the next competition in 2018!

 

Patient-Oriented Research (POR) Intercentre Trainee Internship Award in Diabetes and its Complications 2017-2018

In June 2017, the Training and Mentoring Goal Group Diabetes launched its first Intercentre Internship competition for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and research professionals interested in Patient-Oriented Research (POR) in diabetes and its complications.

The goal of this award is to promote networking and optimal integration of trainees into the Diabetes Action Canada (DAC) Network and the Canadian diabetes research community. Up to two (2) annual internships of $10,000 will be awarded to trainees. The DAC Network invites researchers who are PIs or Co-Is of the DAC Network to propose collaborative projects in the areas of diabetes and its complications and for which a trainee will complete his training in another laboratory (in another research centre). This project will involve a DAC Network PI or Co-I with one or more collaborators of another Patient-Oriented Research centre. Every collaborator must be a member of the DAC Network (or another SPOR Network) and participate in its activities.

Stay tuned for the next competition in 2018!

 

Post-doctoral Fellowship Program

The Training and Mentoring Goal Group also offers two Post-doctoral Fellowship Award, peer-reviewed by Diabetes Canada, of $50,000 per year for a period of two years. This competition is open to all Diabetes Action Canada Investigators.

Stay tuned for the next competition in 2018!

Mentorship Awardees 2017-2018:

  • Laura Desveaux – Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care, Women’s College Hospital
  • Martin Sénéchal – Faculty of Kinesiology, University of New Brunswick
  • Marie-Claude Tremblay – Faculté de médecine, Université Laval
  • Xiaolin Wei – Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

 

Post-doctoral Fellowship Awardee 2017-2019:

  • Priska Stahel – Toronto General Hospital Research Institute.