BC SUPPORT Unit fills scientific director position
We are pleased to share news that Dr. Stirling Bryan will join the BC SUPPORT Unit as scientific director. In this role, he will develop and oversee the Unit’s methods clusters (methodological communities of practice that will advance science related to patient-oriented research) and will lead the planning and implementation of science-related aspects of all Unit operations including the provincial hub’s services and the regional centres. Dr. Bryan starts work with the Unit on June 1 on a 0.6 FTE secondment from his positions of professor in UBC’s School of Population & Public Health and director of the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology & Evaluation (C2E2), VCH Research Institute, which he has held since 2008.
“Stirling’s knowledge about Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR), his work with the BC SUPPORT Unit to date, and his combination of leadership, policy and research experience make him an excellent fit for this position,” says Dr. Bev Holmes, the Unit’s interim leader. “It’s a great time for him to join us as we complete planning requirements for CIHR and begin our work to strengthen and facilitate patient-oriented research throughout BC.”
Dr. Bryan is well acquainted with the BC SUPPORT Unit’s vision, goals and model as he was a member of the Unit’s original business plan development and writing teams. He is also chair of the Advisory Board for CIHR’s Institute for Health Services & Policy Research, which has provided him with an in-depth understanding of SPOR. He will draw from a wide array of experience as he takes on his new role, including his position as head of the Health Economics Unit at the University of Birmingham, UK; his Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy, based at Stanford University; and most recently his seven-year tenure as director of C2E2.
“I’m very excited to put my experience to work for the BC SUPPORT Unit,” says Dr. Bryan. “With C2E2, I’ve been part of a team that’s developed and strengthened the centre such that we now support high quality health research, inform and guide health policy and practice, and deliver high quality training for researchers, practitioners and policy makers. The BC SUPPORT Unit endeavours to undertake these roles and more, with the addition of a patient-oriented research focus and a province-wide scope. I very much look forward to filling a leadership position during this exciting transformation of BC’s health research landscape, in which we are striving to improve patient outcomes and experiences and the health system as a whole.”
For more about Dr. Bryan, please see his profile in our Business Plan section.
The BC SUPPORT Unit (Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials Unit) is a multi-partner organization transitioning from start-up phase to regular operations, preparing to support, streamline and increase patient-oriented research throughout BC. We define patient-oriented research as research that engages patients as partners and focuses on patient-identified priorities with the goals of improving patient experiences, health outcomes and the health system. The Unit is one of several SUPPORT Units being established across the country as part of Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) led by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). It is also part of the developing BC Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN) with the network’s interim board providing governance and oversight.
Email BC SUPPORT Unit Interim Leader, Bev Holmes, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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