Our Patient Research Partners
What is a Patient Research Partner?
IMAGINE is a research network funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) as part of its Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR). SPOR’s slogan “Putting patients first” implies that the priorities of patients are most important and should be used to set the research agenda. Research is then being conducted ‘with’ or ‘by’ patients and other relevant stakeholders, rather than ‘for’ them.
IMAGINE’s Patient Research Partners are patient representatives and caregivers from across Canada who provide guidance and direction to the IMAGINE Network and our research. Their involvement ensures the network addresses the unique needs of patients, ultimately improving the quality of life of those living with GI diseases.