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Interprofessional Practice Based Research

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Practicing nurses and health discipline clinicians have a unique perspective for recognizing clinically relevant research questions. However, they may not have the time and/or expertise to undertake these research initiatives. The IPBR program aims to provide our frontline clinicians with tools, resources, and guidance to pursue a research question that will generate evidence to improve their practice.

Sonya Canzian

Sonya Canzian
Vice-president Clinical Programs, Chief Nursing & Health Disciplines Officer

“The IPBR program further advances our Interprofessional Strategic Care Plan which has three priority areas of patient care, education and research. I think the program provides a really unique way to bridge research and practice in a very meaningful and tangible way. It also demonstrates our commitment to academic practice and best practice by providing opportunities for clinicians to engage with researchers and research staff to answer their clinical questions.”

The IPBR team works closely with the Professional Practice program and links to the Nursing and Health Disciplines, Quality, Education, and Research leadership at St. Michael’s Hospital.

The St. Michael's IPBR team

Jane Topolovec-Vranic

Jane Topolovec-Vranic
Director of IPBR

Jane Topolovec-Vranic

Dr. Topolovec-Vranic is an accomplished neuroscientist with more than 30 peer-reviewed publications and numerous published abstracts and conference presentations. As director of IPBR she is focused in building infrastructure, tools and resource to enable our nursing and health disciplines clinicians to carry out practice-based research. Find Dr. Topolovec-Vranic’s full researcher profile here.

Teresa Valenzano
Teresa Valenzano
Research Manager

Teresa Valenzano

Dr. Teresa Valenzano is a licensed speech-language pathologist who is passionate about bridging the gap between clinical practice and research. Her work focuses on using clinical experiences to drive research, in an effort to establish guidelines for evidence-based practice and decision-making. In her role as a research manager for the IPBR program, she provides support and education to health care professionals to help develop their clinically based questions into research projects.

Daniela Bellicoso

Daniela Bellicoso
Research Coordinator III

Daniela Bellicoso

Dr. Bellicoso has a PhD in Psychology, and has examined various topics, including factors that influence patients’ and caregivers’ ability to cope with chronic disease, and interprofessional education and practice. She continues to study burnout among clinicians. In her role as a research coordinator for the IPBR program, she provides support and education to health care professionals to help develop their clinically based research questions into studies that support the improvement of health care.


Impact Report for Q3 2019

Impact Report

Q3, 2019: View the PDF file

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