The Research Promotion and Development unit's Research Interest Group (RIG) is an informal and collegial discussion space fostering the exchange of information about research needs and interests. It is a space for discussing challenges, best practices, and novel ideas in research. Aimed towards inspiring innovation and collaboration in PAHO's work, the group seeks to tap into the network of diverse knowledge and experiences, both individual and collective, represented by PAHO staff.
Did you miss past RIG meetings? Here are some topics from previous discussions (Click on the year to see topics.) Don't miss the next one!
- 8 December. Topic: How consumers and patients can influence in research for a better healthcare – and why that is all too often a difficult fight.
Speaker: Mr William Vaughan, Volunteer for Consumers United for Evidence-Based Healthcare (CUE), of the Cochrane Collaboration and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.
Summary: Mr. Vaughan is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. He is also a volunteer in the Consumers United for Evidence-Based Healthcare of the Cochrane Collaboration and is as well a volunteer with the Virginia State Health Insurance Counseling Program. He spoke about how consumers and patients can lobby for better health care—and why that is all too often a difficult fight. What influence can they have over the medical research that is carried out and what other ways can they advocate for an improved healthcare system?
Reference material: http://us.cochrane.org/CUE
Organizing interns: Pauline Obale, LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/pauline-obale/79/452/646
- 17 November. Topic: Research collaboration between institutions and countries to achieve quality research.
Speaker: Dr. Stephane Berghmans, Vice President of Academic & Research Relations for the European Union at Elsevier.
Summary: The interplay of academic, government, and private players in cooperating for quality research is one of the enduring challenges in our field. This collaboration is colored by many current issues, not the least of which is the current debate over open access data in research. Dr. Berghmans is the Vice President of Academic & Research Relations for the European Union at Elsevier. He has worked in biomedical research during his long career, first as a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard, then in his positions at Summit plc and Znomics Inc., Dr. Berghmans will speak to his role at Elsevier in stimulating cross-sectorial research, comparative research systems between the Americas and European Union, and the issue of open access data in research. A key take away message is that often, countries follow linguistic or cultural patterns in deciding other nations with which to cooperate in generating impactful research. .
Reference material: Dr. Berghmans’ LinkedIn: http://be.linkedin.com/pub/stephane-berghmans/7/52/4a1
Organizing interns: Nick Hart (LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/nicholas-hart/59/a67/163/) and Pablo Rodríguez
- 19th June. Topic: Knowledge translation: How to make it useful
Speaker: Lisa Simpson, President and CEO of AcademyHealth
Summary: Lisa Simpson is the President and CEO of AcademyHealth, a leading national organization serving the fields of health services and policy research. As a health policy researcher, Lisa has a long experience in translation research into policy and practice. Guests will discuss the Organization’s experience in making use of research in policy making and how to approach stakeholders.
Reference material: www.academyhealth.org
Organizing interns: Joanna Santos and Alanna Berdanier
- 12th June. Topic: Knowledge translation and implementation science at NIH/NCI
Speakers: Dr Cynthia Vinson and Mr Michael Sanchez
Summary: Implementation science is a public health tool that involves the use of evidence-based research in healthcare policy and practice. As a form of knowledge translation, implementation science bridges the gap between researchers and policy makers by helping governments make informed decisions that will positively impact health and health care systems.
Cynthia Vinson and Michael Sanchez are public health advisors within the division of cancer control and population sciences at the national cancer institute. As public health advisors, they specialize in implementation science. Their experience with evidence-based interventions and implementing dissemination strategies will greatly enhance this RIG presentation as they discuss personal experiences with implementation science and knowledge translation at the NIH, explaining the challenges they face and how they overcame these challenges.
Reference material: www.cancercontrol.gov/is Advancing global cancer research through coordination, collaboration, and communication. National institutes of health approaches to dissemination and implementation science: current and future directions
Organizing intern: Bridget Lee
- 9th May. Topic: Role of scientific research in Evidence Aid
Speaker: Claire Allen (Knowledge manager at Evidence Aid)
Summary: Evidence Aid is an international initiative formed in the wake of the Indian Ocean tsunami in December 2004. It provides timely access to organized reliable and up-to-date knowledge from evidence overviews and summaries of relevance to natural disasters and other humanitarian emergencies. Last year, Evidence Aid was awarded the Unorthodox Prize 2013.
Clare Allen is the Knowledge Manager at Evidence Aid and also works at the Cochrane Collaboration. She will discuss the circumstances that led to the development of Evidence Aid, how it evolved and the role of scientific research in the work of Evidence Aid. She will also speak about the vision and long term plans of the initiative.
This RIG was a collaboration with PAHO’s department of Emergency preparedness and disaster relief.
- 7th April. Topic: Health inequalities and France’s national health strategy: the case of stroke during and after acute care
Speaker: Olivier Grimaud, public health physician and Deputy Director of the Epidemiology Department at the National School of Public Health in France.
Summary: He discusses his current research on health inequalities regarding stroke onset and care, and a deliberation on the global challenge of tackling health inequalities with a specific focus on chronic disease management.
Reference material: Touraine, M. (2014). Comment: Health inequalities and France’s national health strategy. The Lancet, 383(9923), March 29, DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(14)60423-2. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0140673614604232
Grimaud, O., Leray, E., Lalloué, B. et al. (2014). Mortality following stroke during and after acute care according to neighborhood deprivation: a disease registry study. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, JNNP. DOI:10.1136/jnnp-2013-307283. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24648038
- 4th April. Topic: The combined effects of the expansion of primary health care and conditional cash transfers on infant mortality in Brazil, 1998 – 2010.
Speaker: Federico Guanais, Health specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
Summary: Discussions on his research on the combined effects of community based primary care expansion and conditional cash transferences in the reduction of infant mortality in Brazil between 1998 and 2010. This work underlines the importance of multi-sectorial public health public health approaches and describes mechanisms to advance towards effective universal health coverage.
Reference material: Guanais FC (2013). The combined effects of the expansion of primary health care and conditional cash transfers on infant mortality in Brazil, 1998 – 2010. American Journal of Public health, 103(11), 200-2006. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301452
- 24th June. Topic: Testing Treatments-Interactive (TTI) Project
Speaker: Dr. Giordano Pérez-Gaxiola, editor of the project and Director of the Department of evidence-based medicine of the Pediatric hospital of Sinaloa.
Summary: Testing Treatments enables readers to better understand how to critically analyze: the research conditions in which treatments should be tested; the fairness and reliability of research; and the benefits and relevance of health treatments to their condition. The authors hope that an increased understanding of the conditions required for fair tests of treatments will improve healthcare, prevent unnecessary errors and promote public trust and engagement (as stressed by PAHO’s Policy on Research for Health). It is available online and in Spanish.
Organizing Intern: Stephanie Soelling
- 15th August. Topic: Research on drug abuse and how the information can be used to design and implement policies and programs that directly confront the problem.
Speaker: Dr Francisco Cumsille, coordinator of the Inter-American Observatory on Drugs (OID) – the statistical branch of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission.
Summary: The OID provides technical assistance to the Member States, in particular for the collection and analysis of up-to-date drug-related data in the Americas. It will focus on what Member states can do or have already done to better understand drug abuse, and how this information can be used to design and implement policies and programs that directly confront the problem, with a special emphasis on drug-use in schools and prisons.
- 5th October. Topic: Evaluation within the UN System
Speakers: Dr Rosina Salerno and Dr Rocio Manchado Garabito
- 13 September: Biomedical sciences and the EU’s upcoming Framework programme for research and innovation
Speaker: Declan Kirrane, Managing director at Intelligence in Science (ISC)
Reference material: www.iscintelligence.com (Partner & promoter, EU)
- 7th September. Topic: Using Research to strengthen Health Research Systems.
Speaker: Dr Diana Pinto, Health Lead Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
- 14th April. Topic: Science, Technology and Innovation at USAID
Speaker: Dr Norka Ruiz Bravo, Special advisor for Science and Technology Partnerships at USAID
- November 11. Topic: Stem Cell Research by Dr. John Tisdale.
- October 10. Topic: What Researchers Owe Research Participants- A Conversation on Ethics by Dr. Carla Saenz.
Elluminate link to the recording (Spanish only).
- August 4. Topic: Research priorities in Eduador- First International Research Interest Group.
Elluminate link to the recording (Spanish only).
- June 17. Topic: How to promote the sharing of knowledge and best practices among PAHO's programs, in order to translate research into practice?
- April 19. Topic: Data collection and analysis: Successes and Challenges.
- March 25. Topic: What research do you support, promote, and need to accomplish your goals?