Dr Molly Byrne’s James M. Flaherty Lecture, Concordia University, June 20th

June 4, 2017

Strengthening Research through Public and Patient Engagement: An Irish Example of Patient-Oriented Research in Diabetes.

James M. Flaherty Visiting Professor, Dr Molly Byrne, delivered a lecture in the School of Irish Studies, Concordia University, Montreal on Tuesday 20th June @ 5pm.

Dr Molly Byrne is a Health Psychologist, a Health Research Board Research Leader and Director of the Health Behaviour Change Research Group at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

This talk was live online on June 20th but can now be viewed here:

In Molly’s talk, she discussed strengths and challenges of stakeholder- engaged research. She talked about a number of studies she has conducted, all which have used strategies to engage end-users of the research. These include a research prioritisation exercise which sought the views of people with diabetes, services providers and policy makers to identify research priorities in behavioural diabetes research. In another study, Molly and her team used consensus methods to identify research and clinical outcomes considered important by people with diabetes and their services providers. Finally, Molly presented on a research study in which young adults with diabetes formed a ‘young adult panel’ and joined the research team to develop an intervention to promote better outcomes among this population.

The Flaherty Lecture is sponsored by Ireland Canada University Foundation and is co-sponsored by a number of Concordia academic and research units including the School of Irish Studies, Concordia’s Faculty of Arts and Science, the PERFORM Centre as well as The Montreal Behavioural Medicine Centre and the International Behavioural Trials Network.

Molly’s research seeks to improve population health by developing, using and advocating use of behavioural science in intervention research to promote health behaviour change. Much of Molly’s research has focused on promoting better management of chronic illness, primarily diabetes and cardiovascular disease. All her research is done within multidisciplinary teams and engages key stakeholders in the research process, with the aim of increasing implementation of research into practice and maximising impact.

As Flaherty Visiting Professor, Molly is spent 8 weeks (until July 10th, 2017) with Dr Simon Bacon and Dr Kim Lavoie at the Montreal Behavioural Medicine Centre , in L’Hôpital Sacré-Cœur de Montréal. Here her work focused on identifying research priorities and developing the research agenda of the International Behavioural Trials Network. Following this, Molly spent a week at each of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and the Behaviour Change Institute, Halifax, Nova Scotia.