2016 PSI Graham Farquharson Knowledge Translation Fellow

Dr. Nav Persaud

 

"The PSI Graham Farquharson Knowledge Translation Fellowship will allow me to conduct translational research focused on addressing health inequities. The research will promote excellent primary care for everyone, including disadvantaged and marginalized people.

It is fitting that the PSI Foundation would support my aim to improve access to care because the Foundation was established using funds from a pre-paid medical plan that improved access to care for Ontarians. We already know that access to primary care improves health and reduces inequities; the PSI Graham Farquharson Knowledge Translation Fellowship will help me translate that knowledge into improvements in health.”

The PSI Foundation is pleased to announce Dr. Nav Persaud of St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto as the 2016 PSI Graham Farquharson KT Fellow. This Fellowship -- valued at $150,000 per year for two years -- is intended to protect a new, promising clinician’s research time, allowing the Fellow to undertake high-impact translational research.

Millions of Canadians cannot afford medications. At the same time millions are harmed by medications that are inappropriately prescribed or not prescribed. The Fellowship will allow Dr. Persaud to conduct translational research promoting access to appropriately prescribed essential medications. We will conduct a trial of providing people with free access to a carefully selected set of essential medications and measure the effects on health and the quality of prescribing.

Dr. Persaud received his BSc in Physiology from the University of Toronto, his BA from the University of Oxford in Philosophy and Psychology, his MSc from the University of Oxford in Neuroscience, and his MD from the University of Toronto. Dr. Persaud completed his Family Medicine residency and postdoctoral research training at the University of Toronto and St. Michael’s Hospital. He is a staff physician at St. Michael’s Hospital, an associate scientist the hospital’s Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute and an assistant professor at the University of Toronto.