Webinar Description:
The BC SUPPORT Unit was established four years ago as part of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Strategy for Patient Oriented Research, a federal initiative with provincial partners, to support patient-oriented approaches in health research. The BC SUPPORT Unit Fraser Centre is a regional centre of the BC SUPPORT Unit and is a partnership between the Fraser Health Authority and Simon Fraser University in BC’s Lower Mainland.

This webinar will introduce the concept of patient engagement and patient-oriented research and discuss ways the Fraser Centre fosters a meaningful patient-oriented research ecosystem. The webinar will open a discussion about the similarities and differences between community-based research and patient-oriented research, and will explore the lessons we can learn across disciplines.

Presenter Bios:
Alia Januwalla
Alia is the Knowledge Translation Specialist for the BC SUPPORT Unit Fraser Centre. Alia works with researchers and public partners across the Fraser-Salish region to promote the use of integrated knowledge translation strategies in patient-oriented research projects, and to implement evidence-informed initiatives to improve patient outcomes and health. Prior to this role, Alia worked with the Knowledge Translation Program in Toronto, supporting population health implementation science research projects. She has experience with community-based participatory research projects and knowledge translation activities including community forums, decision-making tools, educational products, and academic publications.




Brittney La Pietra
Brittney is the Simon Fraser University Research Navigator for the BC SUPPORT Unit Fraser Centre. Brittney supports faculty, students, and staff at SFU in conducting patient-oriented research. She advises on patient-oriented methodology, ethical considerations, grant applications, and facilitates collaborations with non-academic stakeholders within the government and health authorities. Prior to this role, Brittney worked as a lawyer and subsequently applied that experience to a role in the Office of Research Ethics at SFU. Ask Brittney about team facilitation and leadership, developing patient-oriented grant and ethics applications, and skills training for research and communication.