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November 17, 2014

Bonnie Stevens receives 2014 Canadian Institutes of Health Research Knowledge Translation Award

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Dr. Bonnie Stevens, Associate Chief of Nursing Research, has received her third award in 2014 for her work in paediatric pain management. On Nov. 17 she will receive the 2014 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Knowledge Translation (KT) Award in Ottawa, in recognition of her leadership and outstanding work in translating research into practice.

Stevens is the principal investigator of the CIHR Team in Children’s Pain, which has investigated the effectiveness and sustainability of interactive KT strategies for translating paediatric pain research into practice in eight paediatric hospitals across Canada. She is currently using the results of this research to develop novel paediatric pain toolkits for broader reach both nationally and internationally.

She holds the Signy Hildur Eaton Chair in Paediatric Nursing at SickKids, and is co-director of the SickKids Centre for Pain Management Research and Education, director of the University of Toronto's Centre for the Study of Pain, a professor at University of Toronto’s Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, and nominated principal investigator of the CIHR Strategic Training in Health Research initiative, Pain in Child Health.

The KT award from CIHR honours and supports the exemplary knowledge translation efforts and activities of an exceptional individual, team or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to increasing the application of research findings, improving the health of Canadians, health services and products, or strengthening the health-care system.

In May, Stevens received The Canadian Pain Society’s Distinguished Career Award, and in June the Canadian Nursing Association (CNA) 2014 Order of Merit in research. 

“I am very honoured and humbled to receive the CIHR Knowledge Translation Award,” says Stevens. “The opportunity to work with wonderful teams of talented researchers and clinicians on finding effective strategies to integrate new knowledge into practice has been amazing. Through this collaboration, we are realizing the importance of translating research results to transform paediatric pain outcomes for children and families, health care professionals and organizations. The award belongs to all of them for without everyone's generous efforts, it would not have been possible.”

 Read more about the Ottawa Conference to Improve Child and Family Health Care.