As the Centre for Health Care Ethics (CHCE) strives to enhance the ethical quality of health care by maintaining a forum for dialogue and collaborative actions in health care ethics among researchers at Lakehead University and beyond; educational and health care institutions; professionals; students; and the public, it embraces the task of KNOWLEDGE TRANSLATION. The Canadian Institutes of Health Research define knowledge translation (KT) as a dynamic and iterative process that includes synthesis, dissemination, exchange and ethically-sound application of knowledge to improve the health of Canadians, provide more effective health services and products and strengthen the health care system. http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/29418.html
This process takes place within a complex system of interactions between researchers and knowledge users which may vary in intensity, complexity and level of engagement depending on the nature of the research and the findings as well as the needs of the particular knowledge user. CHCE addresses this process in its own unique way. Recognizing that the knowledge base in health and research ethics is very large, and the commitment to excellence requires input from the best minds, CHCE has supported a Visiting Scholar program since 1996, when it was still the Thunder Bay Bioethics Interest Group.
The dialogue on current research of complex ethical issues in both research and health care is facilitated through CHCE’s Encounters in Bioethics program. Eight times a year both national and local scholars and celebrated local and regional practitioners debate the implications and applications of the expert view on real life ethical dilemmas. These dialogues are videoconferenced to telemedicine sites all over Ontario and frequently repeated the next day at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. Both references to the research publications and the documents for the presentations are made available to live and virtual audiences. Publications by CHCE Executive Committee members are also listed and linked on the web whenever possible.
CHCE has recently implemented a Research Affiliates Program in order to facilitate collaborative research that emanates directly from the centre itself.