Research Ready Mentor Spotlight – July 2020

Each month, a Research Ready mentor from the Community of Practice hosts an online workshop to share best practices and highlight exceptional processes. Be sure to sign up for the July workshop with Dawn Richards. And don’t forget to join the Research Ready Community of Practice for ongoing discussion after the event.

Engaging patients to create meaningful and feasible studies

Engaging patients in study planning and beyond is considered “best practice” and is even required for some study grants, but where do you start? How and when do you find and “engage” patients?

This session will be led by a Patient Engagement expert. You will learn about how working with people who live with conditions will bring different perspectives to your work. You will also be provided with practical guidance on how to start this process and where to find resources to help you with this work. Also, we will give you some tips on how to establish and facilitate this engagement in our current environment of remote connections.

Mentor Spotlight: Dawn Richards

Dawn Richards, PhD, is the founder of Five02 Labs Inc., and Director of Patient and Public Engagement at Clinical Trials Ontario. With a PhD (Analytical Chemistry) from the University of Alberta, and experience in a variety of roles during the past 15 years, it is her diagnosis with rheumatoid arthritis ten years ago that instigated a journey to combine her passion for science with making the most of her diagnosis. In her role at CTO, Dawn is charged with executing on CTO’s strategic pillar of patient and public engagement.

As a patient advocate and volunteer, Dawn is Vice President of the Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance, a Research Ambassador for the Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research), and a member of The BMJ’s Patient Panel Reviewers, and was the first Patient Advisor of the Canadian Medical Association’s Wait Time Alliance. She advocates for arthritis awareness, access to treatment, the inclusion of patients in decision-making and as research collaborators, and the importance of research.

Online Workshop Details

Date: July 21, 2020

Time: 11am to 12pm

Registration: Click Here

Can’t make it to the workshop? A recording will be posted on the Research Ready page shortly after.

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