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					Health Research Translation Course, THECiS                           Researchers: Babazadeh, Friesen, Brierley




1. Course: Health Research Translation, THECiS.
Research Team Members:
Hamed Babazadeh, babazade@ualberta.ca
Ashley Friesen, anfriese@ucalgary.ca
Meaghan Brierley, m.brierley@ucalgary.ca




2. Project Details:
2.1 Exact Title of the Project
Health Research Translation: When Passions Fuel Innovation

2.2 Anticipated start date:                                 Anticipated completion date:
January 04, 2010                                            February 7, 2010



2.3 List the location(s) where the data will be collected
Calgary, Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta




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Research Objective:
Our aim for this project is to provide an understanding of the potentially varied interests of principal
investigators and how these interests feed innovations. Innovation for this course is defined as bringing
novelty into practice. Smaller pet projects also lead to publications, new processes and new products.

Innovation often occurs where we do not expect it, at the boundaries of organizational activities and the
central mandates of funded bodies. Innovation is not only found in our day-to-day responsibilities, but in
the interests and passions of researchers and their influences.

Research Questions:
What examples of novel ideas can be found in the work of the Primary Investigators? Is this
material related to the grant, or to other interests of the PI?
To what extent are the passions of researchers reflected in the materials they make public and
are these activities more representative of robust health research translation than the
researchers' other responsibilities?
Multi-disciplinary
Inter-disciplinary

Method:
Participants will be chosen from a list of Principal Investigators currently practicing at the University of
Calgary or the University of Alberta. Interviews will be initially requested by email or by mail and if
needed with one follow-up phone call, through information provided on the potential participants’
university web pages.
Those who agree to participate will be interviewed using the format of the semi-structured interview.




3. Recruitment of Participants

Participants will be University Professors and Researchers at the University of Calgary and the University of
Alberta.

Method:


Researchers will be contacted by email or by mail and if needed with one follow-up phone call, through information
provided on the potential participants’ university web pages. The attached letter (Appendix A) and script (Appendix
C) detail how they will be given the option to participate in this research. Eight Principal Investigators on the projects
will be interviewed.

The purpose and objectives of the research will be stated on the consent forms. There will be no remuneration
offered to participants for observation or interviews.


4. Informed Consent




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Interviewees will be adults within the research community at either the University of Calgary and the
University of Alberta. A copy of the written consent form is attached (see Appendix B). If the interview is
done by telephone, the following paragraph outlines the introduction to verbal consent:

“Thank you for agreeing to participate in this research. We will be asking six sets of question over the
next 45 minutes. No personal identifying information will be collected in this study. The risks are not
different or greater than any risks in daily conversation, however, you will remain anonymous. I will be
taking notes by hand or taping the interview and a pseudonym will be given to you to ensure anonymity.
If you decide to withdraw your interview information will be shredded and/or erased. Information will be
summarized for any presentation or publication of results. The anonymous data will be stored in the
interviewers’ locked offices until the end of the Health Research Translation course (February, 2010) at
which time it will be shredded and/or erased. Your participation is voluntary, you may refuse to
participate in parts of the interview, or you may withdraw completely from the study at any time. There
will be no follow-up interview. Does this sound good to you?”



Participants are told at the outset of the interview (see Appendix B & C) that they “may withdraw
completely at any time” and their material will be shredded and/or erased. They must agree to this
understanding before continuing.

Participants will be adult employees of the University of Calgary or the University of Alberta.

No follow-up procedures will be conducted with the participants.




5. Benefits




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Researchers will benefit from answers to preliminary questions, necessary for completion of the coursework of the
Health Research Translation course. The researchers will benefit from potential interesting results and direction for
future projects.


There are no direct benefits to the participants in this research although they may indirectly benefit from a published
paper (which could be published within their own body of literature) containing outsider’s insight into how they
generate and put into practice new ideas.




Appendix A: Recruitment notice

Dear ______________,

I am a participant in the Health Research Translation Course prepared by the Centre for Innovation
Studies (THECiS), a private sector not for profit organization. For this course I am working on a team
project entitled “Health Research Translation: When Passions Fuel Innovation.”

We would like to invite you to participate in an interview. Our aim for this project is to provide an
understanding of the potentially varied interests of principal investigators and how these interests feed
innovations. Innovation for this course is defined as bringing novelty into practice.

If you are interested, or if you have any questions about our research prior to deciding whether to
participate, please contact me at _______ or phone _________. I will also follow-up by telephone or mail
within a week. Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to speaking with you.


Sincerely,




Name

THECiS:
http://www.thecis.ca/

Health Research Translation Course:
http://thecis.ca/index.php?catID=77&itemID=436




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Name of Researchers
Hamed Babazadeh, babazade@ualberta.ca
Ashley Friesen, anfriese@ucalgary.ca
Meaghan Brierley, m.brierley@ucalgary.ca

Or the Course Coordinator:     or the Executive Director of THECIS
Dr. Cooper Langford            Dr. Peter Josty
Tel. (403) 220-3228            Tel 403 249 0190
Email chlangfo@ucalgary.ca     p.josty@thecis.ca

The Centre for Innovation Studies (THECiS) is a private sector not for profit organization. The Course is
sponsored by CRTCAC [Calgary Regional Technology Commercialization Advisory Council] and
the Alberta Heritage Foundation for medical Research. The course uses technology provided by the
University of Calgary for the distance learning part of the course.

Title of Project: Health Research Translation: When Passions Fuel Innovation
This consent form, a copy of which has been given to you, is only part of the process of informed consent.
If you want more details about something mentioned here, or information not included here, you should
feel free to ask. Please take the time to read this carefully and to understand any accompanying
information.

Purpose of the Study:

Our aim for this project is to provide an understanding of the potentially varied interests of principal
investigators and how these interests feed innovations. Innovation for this course is defined as bringing
novelty into practice.While large research grants support the primary research objectives of a lab, they
also have spill-over to other personal research interests of the primary investigators--smaller “pet”
projects also lead to publications, new processes and new products.
Innovation often occurs where we do not expect it, at the boundaries of organizational activities and the
central mandates of funded bodies. Innovation is not only found in our day-to-day responsibilities, but in
the interests and passions of researchers and their influences.

A copy of this consent form has been given to you to keep for your records and reference. The
investigator has kept a copy of the consent form.

What Type of Personal Information Will Be Collected?
We will be asking six sets of question over the next 45 minutes. No personal identifying information will
be collected in this study. The risks are not different or greater than any risks in daily conversation,
however, you will remain anonymous. I will be taking notes by hand or taping the interview and a
pseudonym will be given to you to ensure anonymity. If you decide to withdraw your interview
information will be shredded and/or erased. Information will be summarized for any presentation or
publication of results. The anonymous data will be stored in the interviewers’ locked offices until the end
of the Health Research Translation course (February, 2010) at which time it will be shredded and/or
erased. Your participation is voluntary, you may refuse to participate in parts of the interview, or you may
withdraw completely from the study at any time.




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There are several options for you to consider if you decide to take part in this research. You can choose
all, some or none of them. Please put a check mark on the corresponding line(s) that grants me your
permission to:
I grant permission to be audio taped:                                       yes: ___ no: ___
I grant permission to be videotaped:                                        yes: ___ no: ___
I grant permission to have my company’s name used:                          yes: ___ no: ___
I wish to remain anonymous:                                                 yes: ___ no: ___
I wish to remain anonymous, but you may refer to me by a pseudonym: yes: ___ no: ___
The pseudonym I choose for myself is:
         ___________________________________________________________

You may quote me and use my name:                                           yes: ___ no: ___

Signatures (written consent)
Your signature on this form indicates that you 1) understand to your satisfaction the information provided
  to you about your participation in this research project, and 2) agree to participate as a research subject.
In no way does this waive your legal rights nor release the investigators, sponsors, or involved institutions
   from their legal and professional responsibilities. You are free to withdraw from this research project at
   any time. You should feel free to ask for clarification or new information throughout your
   participation.
Participant’s Name: (please print) _____________________________________________
Participant’s Signature __________________________________________Date: _______________
Researcher’s Name: (please print) ________________________________________________
Researcher’s Signature: ________________________________________Date: ________________


Questions/Concerns
If you have any further questions or want clarification regarding this research and/or your participation,
   please contact:
Course Coordinator:    or The Executive Director of THECIS:
Dr. Cooper Langford        Dr. Peter Josty
Tel. (403) 220-3228        Tel 403 249 0190
Email chlangfo@ucalgary.ca p.josty@thecis.ca




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Appendix C: Interview Guide
Health Research Translation: When Passions Fuel Innovation
Hamed Babazadeh; Meaghan Brierley; Ashley Friesen

Introduction
Thank you for agreeing to participate in this research. We will be asking six sets of question over the next
30 minutes. No personal identifying information will be collected in this study, and all participants shall
remain anonymous. I will be taking notes by hand or record the interview and a pseudonym will be given
to you to ensure anonymity. Your research area and your location will be masked in our final
presentation. The anonymous data will be stored in the interviewers’ locked offices until the end of the
Health Research Translation course (February, 2010) at which time it will be shredded and/or erased.
Your participation is voluntary, you may refuse to participate in parts of the interview, and you may
decide to withdraw from this interview at any time and your information will be shredded. There will be
no follow-up interview. Does this sound good to you?

W21C: improving patient safety and enhancing quality of care.

1.0   Context of the Projects

1.    You are Professor and Head of the Department of Medicine at the University of Calgary and in the
      Calgary Health Region, tell me about how you conceived of the idea of developing the Medical Ward
      of the 21st Century, what it is, who’s involved.

2.    How did you come to focus on innovation and multidisciplinary networking? How does this work
      relate to your life’s work? Does it relate to your work in Infectious Diseases at all?

3.    What makes a project interesting for you? Over the past 10 years, which projects have you found the
      most interesting?

4.    At what points can you remember an interesting turn in your research? Something new that was worth
      following; something unexpected or a new branch of your research opening up?

2.0 Creativity
1. What do you consider to be your most creative research?
2. Have there been times in your career that you have been more or less creative?

3.0 Encouragement
1.  What encourages your favorite research?

4.0 Project translation
    For which projects have you:
    Been featured on the University’s website __________
    Completed a blog __________
    Been featured in the media _________
    Completed interviews __________
    Worked directly with a potential user for application beyond the research
    community___________________
    Have you developed anything that has made a difference in the way life is lived by any person or
    community?


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     Been aware of uptake of results of your work by potential users fro application beyond the research
     community___________________
     Applied for a patent __________
     Published papers ________
     Presented at conferences ________
     Other __________

5.0 Practices of the Institution & Researcher
1.  Does the University offer incentives for the funding you receive for projects?
2.  To what do you dedicate this money? If to further research, what research? Anything listed above?
3. What do you consider your most successful research?


6.0 Wrap-Up
1. Is there anything else that you’d like to tell us you think of is relevant to our discussion?
2. You are overseeing W21C research relating to both structural and clinical process research
around infection prevention and control. Do you see W21C as helping with scenarios like we saw
for N1H1?




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