Knowledge Utilization Research Center

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Brief Overview
 
The 'Knowledge Utilization Research Center' began its work in 2006 under the title of the 'KTE Study Group' in the 'Center of Academic and Health Policy' of Tehran University of Medical Sciences. In 2008 it was approved as a research center by the Ministry of Health and Medical Education. It was recognized as a center of excellence for 'Evidence-Based Decision Making', and this improved its organizational capacity for performing its tasks.

 

Message from Director
 
Our goal is to generate research-based and concrete solutions on the modalities of producing and utilizing evidence for better health and equity

 

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Mission
 
The 'Knowledge Utilization Research Center' aims to produce knowledge, localize it, and promote strategic directions, modalities and efforts that lead to the better utilization of knowledge. The goal of this center is to change health decision makers' (people, health service providers, managers and policy makers) behavior, to make evidence-informed decisions, and to create an enabling environment.

 

Vision
 
It is a source of pride for me to say on behalf of all my colleagues at KURC that we have crucial guiding principles, which are as follows:
Orientation-wise:
We are responsive to public's health challenges, with a focus on the outcome and impact of our work.
Our center is not merely bent on publishing papers; we think that knowledge is a social construct that must be produced and used through a deliberative process.
Process-wise:
We are accountable about the responsibilities assigned to us and the time and resources, all come from public assets.
We do our best to ensure that no one is left behind; we are seriously committed to equity in the entire work environment, strategic direction and subject of study.
This center does not belong to anyone in particular. It belongs to everyone who respects and believes in KURC's mission and guiding principles, regardless of their organizational ties and their place of residence.
This is why we are committed to "Moving Together", and welcome you on board as well.

 

 

 

Research Fields and Interests
 
Evidence informed policy making, behavioral change theories and methods, health research impact assessment, KTE in aging people, KTE in knowledge producer organizations
The center's strategies for different target groups are as follows:
People
1.    Designing and holding educational workshops for news producers' methods of investigation and production of quality news for public dissemination
2.    Developing critical appraisal tools for the content of health news disseminated in the public media
3.    Developing a guide for selection and production of appropriate news for journalists Policy Makers and managers
1.    Development of tools such as public health guides and policy briefs for national programs of priority
2.    Development of tools for utilization of evidence by managers and policy makers
3.    Holding evidence-informed decision making workshops for managers and policy makers
4.    Launching web-based educational programs for managers and policy makers in the field of knowledge translation
5.    Development of a tool for assessing activities and interventions performed by policy makers and managers
Health service providers
1.    Examination of ways of promoting physicians' continuing medical education
2.    Identification and design of a notification system for health service providers during health crises
3.    Identification of interventions necessary for changing health service providers' behavior to evidence-based practice
Researchers
1.    Launching the 'PhD by Research' course in the field of Knowledge Translation
2.    Development of a standard tool for assessing knowledge translation activities at personal and organizational level
3.    Design and implementation of an interventional package for strengthening knowledge translation at national academic level
4.    Launching web-based educational programs for researchers in the field of knowledge translation
5.    Development and strengthening of a collaboration network between researchers and research users in the Eastern Mediterranean Region
6.    Establishing administrative offices for knowledge translation in universities nationwide

 

 

Degree and Non-Degree programs 
 
Degree programs:
Evidence informed policy making (preparing policy briefs) for PhD students
Principles of health technology assessment and systematic review for master of HTA
Non-degree programs:
Knowledge Translation and Exchange
Concepts and methods of policy briefs

 

 

Faculty Members
 
  • DR. REZA MAJDZADEH: PHD
  • Director, Professor of Epidemiology
  • rezamajd@tums.ac.ir
  • http://www.tums.ac.ir/faculties/rezamajd
  • DR. BAHAREH YAZDIZADEH: MD. PHD
  • Research deputy, Assistant professor of epidemiology
  • byazdizadeh@tums.ac.ir
  • https://www.tums.ac.ir/faculties/byazdizadeh
  • DR. ALI AKBARI SARI: MD. PHD
  • professor of Management and Economics
  • akbarisari@tums.ac.ir
  • https://www.tums.ac.ir/faculties/akbarisai
  • DR. ARASH RASHIDIAN: MD. PHD
  • Professor of health policy & management
  • arashidian@tums.ac.ir
  • http://www.tums.ac.ir/faculties/arashrashidian
  • DR. SAHARNAZ NEDJAT: MD. PHD
  • Professor of Epidemiology
  • nejatsan@tums.ac.ir
  • http://www.tums.ac.ir/faculties/saharnaznedjat
  • DR. SIMA NEDJAT: MD. MPH
  • PhD of Gerontology
  • Neiat s@farabi.tums.ac.ir
  • DR. AHMADREZA SHAMSHIRI: MD. PHD
  • Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
  • arshamshiri@tums.ac.ir
  • https://www.tums.ac.ir/faculties/arshamshiri
  • DR. ABBAS KEBREAEEZADEH: MD. PHD
  • Professor- Pharmacology & toxicology
  • Kebriaee@tums.ac.ir
  • https://www.tums.ac.ir/faculties/kebriaee
  • DR. NEDA MEHRDAD: PHD
  • Assistant Professor
  • neda1963@yahoo.com
  • https://www.tums.ac.ir/faculties/nmehrdad
  • DR. AYAT AHMADI SERAEELANI: PHD
  • Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
  • Ayat1049@gmail.com
  • https://www.tums.ac.ir/faculties/aahmadis
  • DR. FATEMEH RAJABI: MD
  • Assistant Professor- Community Medicine
  • frajabi@tums.ac.ir
  • https://www.tums.ac.ir/faculties/f-rajabi
  • DR. LALEH GHADIRIAN: MD
  • Assistant Professor- Community Medicine
  • lalehghadirian@gmail.com
  • https://www.tums.ac.ir/faculties/l-ghadirianm
  • DR. AZADEH SAYARI FARD: MD
  • Assistant Professor- Community Medicine
  • a-savarifard@tums.ac.ir
  • https://www.tums.ac.ir/faculties/asayarifard 
  • DR. ZAHRA BOLUKI, DVM-PHD
  • PhD in Epidemiology
  • z.boluki@gmail.com
  • DR. HANYEH SADAT SAJADI: PHD
  • Health Services Management
  • haniehsaiadi@gmail.com
  • https://www.tums.ac.ir/faculties/hsajjadi
  • SIMA NIKOOEE
  • Master of Health Services Management
  • s.nikooee@vahoo.com
  • MALIHEH HASANI
  • Master of Clinical Psychology
  • hasani.tums@gmail.com
  • FARIDEH MOHTASHAM
  • Master of Health technology assessment
  • mohtasham_85@yahoo.com

 

Contact Us
 

Address: 7th floor, No1547, Northern Kargar, Tehran, Iran

Telfax: +98-21-88975658

             +98-21-88975658

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Email: kurc@tums.ac.ir

 

Last Update At : 09 February 2020