2023 Robyn Tamblyn Health Services and Policy Research Innovator Award

Recognizing excellence in research and innovation among Canadian Mid-Career Investigators working within Health Services and Policy Research

The CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (CIHR-IHSPR) is pleased to announce that Dr. James (Jay) Shaw is the recipient of the 2023 Robyn Tamblyn Health Services and Policy Research Innovator Award.

This award is intended to honor the outstanding work and trailblazing innovations of Dr. Robyn Tamblyn, former Scientific Director of CIHR-IHSPR.

The Robyn Tamblyn Innovator Award recognizes research excellence and innovation in health services and policy research among Canadian Mid-Career Investigators and awarded to the highest ranking Mid-Career Investigator in CIHR’s Project Grant competition working within the mandate of IHSPR. This prize entails a $25,000 supplemental grant to support research and/or knowledge mobilization for the duration of 1 year.

In recognizing and supporting research excellence, IHSPR Career Awards are a key strategy to help advance IHSPR’s 2021-26 Strategic Plan: Accelerate Health Care System Transformation through Research to Achieve the Quadruple Aim and Health Equity for All and CIHR’s 2021-31 Strategic Plan: A Vision for a Healthier Future.

About the Recipient

Dr. James (Jay) Shaw

Dr. Jay Shaw is the Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Responsible Health Innovation and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at University of Toronto. Jay has a cross-appointment to the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation where he supervises research-focused graduate students. He serves as Research Director of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Ethics & Health at the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics, and is adjunct Scientist at the Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care. Dr. Shaw’s program of research addresses the implementation and ethical implications of innovations in health care, with a special focus on innovative models of equity-promoting community-based care, digital health technologies, and applications of AI in health care.

Dr. Shaw’s CIHR-awarded research, “Advancing Equity-Focused Implementation Science: A Multiple Case Study of Best Practices for Community Health Workers in Primary Health Care”, aims to advance approaches to thinking about and implementing equity-focused innovations in health care. Building from best practices in supporting Community Health Workers in primary health care, the project will explore strategies to disrupt systems of power that shape how innovations are chosen and introduced in primary and community care.

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