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UTOPIAN Team contact details

Dr. Frank Sullivan

Gordon F. Cheesbrough Research Chair in Family & Community Medicine (NYGH)

Director of UTOPIAN

frank.sullivan@nygh.on.ca
Dr. Michelle Greiver UTOPIAN Deputy Director mgreiver@rogers.com
Ivanka Pribramska

UTOPIAN Research Administrator

(primary contact)

dfcm.utopian@utoronto.ca

416-756-6000, ext. 4531 (M, W, T, F)

416-978-7017 (Tue)

Olga Serebrennik UTOPIAN Administrative Assistant

olga.serebrennik@nygh.on.ca

416-756-6541

Babak Aliarzadeh UTOPIAN Data Analytics Manager babaka@cpcssn.org
Aashka Bhatt UTOPIAN Practice Coordinator

aashka.bhatt@nygh.on.ca

416-756-6000, ext. 6414

Sumeet Kalia UTOPIAN Data Analyst sumeet.kalia@nygh.on.ca

Rabiya Siddiqui

UTOPIAN Practice Coordinator

maternity leave

(contact Aashka Bhatt)

Saddaf Syed

UTOPIAN Practice Coordinator

 saddaf.syed@nygh.on.ca

 416-756-6000, ext. 6414

 

North York General Hospital, Research & Innovation

UTOPIAN

4001 Leslie Street, Room LE-140

Toronto, ON  M2K 1E1

 

 

SPOR Team contact details

 

 
Helena Medeiros SPOR Project Coordinator

helena.medeiros@utoronto.ca

416-978-7017

Lydia Cordie SPOR Research Assistant

lydia.cordiegarcie@mail.utoronto.ca

dfcm.spor@utoronto.ca

  SPOR Database Programmer  

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How can my project become a UTOPIAN project?

Read criteria and complete UTOPIAN project application form, more information available in section Getting UTOPIAN support.

What support can UTOPIAN provide for my project?

UTOPIAN support can vary depending on the nature of the project.

For example, practice facilitators can help with administrative workload including completing REB applications and site/practice/patient recruitment. The Idea to Proposal Course can help you develop research skills necessary for conducting your own research project. Contributing data to the Data Safe Haven is an easy way to allow your data to be used for research. Completing Research Ready self-assessment tool might be a good start for UTOPIAN to be able to assess your needs and gaps and to help.

Can you help me with research protocol/ REB application?

Yes, we can provide UTOPIAN members with  methodological help for protocol development for UTOPIAN projects and project facilitators can help with completing REB application to UofT and DFCM affiliated hospitals.

For more resources about UofT REB approval through DFCM visit DFCM Research Program website's section on Services for Researchers.

How much does it cost to use UTOPIAN?

Costs depend on nature of the project and how much resources are required. See our fee schedule for more information.

Does UTOPIAN provide any funding?

UTOPIAN provides support through core staff members, no monetary funding is currently available.

I have a clinical/research question and want to get involved in primary care research but I am lacking skills to actually conduct research. How do I get started?

We are happy to discuss the with you. Consider taking part in Idea to Proposal course which is aimed at family physicians, allied health professionals and other healthcare staff, focusing on developing research skills. We can also connect you with an experienced academic who is interested in the topic.

Should my practice become Research Ready?

Getting Research Ready is a good start for practices/family physicians who want to get involved in primary care research. This tool helps practices to assess their readiness to do research and suggests areas for improvement; it also enables UTOPIAN to collect information on practices’ research interests and needs which helps to focus projects and support on appropriate areas. 

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