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Training Program in Patient-Oriented Research

NL SUPPORT – Patient-Oriented Research Training Program- 2019

The Patient-Oriented Research Training Program provides participants with a foundational understanding of Patient-Oriented Research (POR). The program consists of monthly webinars and workshops. The table below shows the training program offered by NL SUPPORT.

The training program is open to anyone with an interest in patient-oriented research: researchers, patients and families, health care professionals, policy makers, industry personnel, and graduate students. There is no cost to attend the training events, but online registration for each event is required.
Complete at least 5 of the 8 webinars and 1 face-to-face workshop and you will receive a certificate. Please let us know if you are interested in the certificate program by sending an email to: to register for the certificate program.
Dates and presenters may change. Please keep an eye on our Eventbrite Page for up to date information.


Webinars and Workshops, 2019

Date and Location Type Topic & registration link Presenter
January 23, 3:00pm Webinar Patient Engagement and Ethics: an Online Panel Discussion (Recording, Slides) Panellists from MSSU, NL SUPPORT, HREA, and a patient partner
February 13, 3:00
5M101, Faculty of Medicine
Workshop Spark Your Idea: A workshop in patient-oriented research
(Recording, Slides)
Chelsey McPhee, Patient Engagemet Lead
Kate Lambert, KT Lead
Dale Humphries
February 28, 12:00pm Webinar Patient-Oriented Research in Practice (Recording, Slides) Dr. Holly Etchegary, Patient Engagement Academic Lead
March 14th, 12:00-1:30pm Webinar Intro to Intellectual Property (Recording, Slides) Paula Mendonça, Acting Director, TTCO
Kara Strickland, IP Officer, RGCS
April 4, 1:30-4:30 Workshop The Art of Pitching Your Research to Non Academic Funders  (Slides) Angelo Casanas, Director of Programs and Partnerships, Genesis Centre
April 10th, 3:00-4:00 Online and In-Person From Lab Bench to Store Shelves (SlidesRecording) Dr. Carlos Bazan, Engineering Chair in Entrepreneurship, Faculty of Engineering
May 9, 12:00-1:00pm Webinar From Research to Policy (Slides, Recording) Cheryl Etchegary, Program and Policy Development Specialist, TPMI
June 12, 12:00-1:00pm

Online and In-Person

Business Case Development for Your Research (Slides, Recording) Dr. Jennifer Jewer, Faculty of Business Adminisrration
September 26, 12:00-1:00pm Webinar What is NL SUPPORT/QCNL (Slides, Recording) Catherine Street, Director (TPMI)
October 17, 12:00-1:00pm Webinar Grant Writing and Project Support (Slides, Recording) Dale Humphries, NL SUPPORT

SPOR Patient-Oriented Research Curriculum

This course is designed to give patients a foundational understanding of the research enterprise. It is equally intended to help equip patients, researchers and other stakeholders (i.e., health care professionals and system decision-makers) with the skills necessary to engage meaningfully in a variety of roles, including: governance, peer review or other committee work, priority-setting, and the conduct of patient-oriented research and to foster the attitudes essential to the formation and development of genuine partnerships.
The course is intended to enable participants to:
  • acquire foundational knowledge about health research to allow them to become full-fledged members of a research team;
  • build mutually beneficial partnerships for conducting patient-oriented research; and
  • work as a team to carry-out patient-oriented research and produce high-quality scientific knowledge in a given health-related field.

Course Modules:

Module 1: Patient-Oriented Research
Module 2: Fundamentals of Health Research in Canada
Module 3: Building Partnerships and Consolidating Teams

NL SUPPORT's Business of Research Series

Join NL SUPPORT and partners from across Memorial University and beyond for a series of in-person and online sessions that will help you see your research through a different lens. We aim to influence behavior change in health care through quality research involving patient engagement and knowledge translation. Along with these important components of health care research, another way that research can have an impact on the health care system is by demonstrating the economic and commercial value of that research so that it can better inform health policy.
Hear about the different avenues that you can take to make the most of your research outcomes, improve the competitiveness of your CV and funding applications, help your research grow with changing academic environments, and more!
With guest speakers from the Memorial Centre for Entrepreneurship, Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office, Genesis Centre, and Faculty of Business Administration among others, we will cover topics such as:


Past Events

Check out 2018's curriculum here.
Check out 2017's curriculum here.