Strategic Perspectives and Objectives
The CIRRIS has identified five strategic objectives, chosen according to various societal needs, the expertise of its researchers, as well as partnerships and funding opportunities:
1. Continue the scientific development of current themes
These include maintaining a solid foundation in the neurosciences related to motor, language and cognitive deficits. The same will be done to support the expertise on the measurement of environmental determinants of social participation and the development of practices to support social integration.
2. Support the development of innovative research programs
The CIRRIS has expertise that can pave the way for new and innovative research, i.e. so that its implementation will enable the identification of a solution to a rehabilitation or social integration problem that clinical or community settings will adopt.
a) The development of a research program on the quality of access in urban settings (the Unis-vers-cité Program)
b) The research program studying the impact of pain on patient recovery and rehabilitation services delivery, a program directly connected to the IRDPQ Expertise Centre on Chronic Pain.
3. Encourage the development of research in emerging fields
Three areas with potential for development at the CIRRIS will be supported over the next four years:
a) The study of health issues and social integration problems for children and adolescents with disabilities (i.e. mobility, dysphasia, effects of premature birth, school integration, family support, etc.).
b) Rehabilitation engineering bringing together CIRRIS researchers and those from the Faculty of Science and Engineering (U Laval), in association with the IRDPQ Assistive Technology Department, that can lead to new partnerships with the private sector.
c) Interprofessional collaboration in rehabilitation will be developed in partnership with the Network for Interprofessional Practice Collaboration in Health and Social Services (Réseau de collaboration sur les pratiques interprofessionnelles en santé et services sociaux (RCPI) of Université Laval and other external partners like the Centre for Health and Social Services of Old Quebec (CSSS de la Vieille Capitale).
4. Continue the development of research in clinical settings
The CIRRIS will intensify its research activities in line with the needs expressed by the various clinical programs at the IRDPQ.
a) Emphasis will be given to programs with specific mandates (spine injury, traumatic brain injuries, cochlear implants, burn patients and chronic pain).
b) Due to the importance given to the development of state-of-the-art clinical practices in a university institute, and the need to associate research activities to these practices, the CIRRIS will support their development according to the expertise it has and the need for evidence-based knowledge in those areas.
5. Strengthen knowledge transfers with different clinical and community partners
Efforts to increase the use of evidence-based knowledge and best practice guidelines will be at the heart of CIRRIS’ efforts, both with the IRDPQ and with its institutional and community partners at the local and provincial levels. The CIRRIS will implement concrete actions through a knowledge transfer committee and will take part in the initiatives developed by the institute