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By Rania Nasrallah-Massaad

Agnes Grudniewicz, Assistant Professor at the Telfer School of Management, has quickly established herself as a leader in the field of Health Services Research. Her interdisciplinary research program and expertise are acknowledged by researchers and scholars around the world. Professor Grudniewicz’s work is supported by CIHR and has led to several publications in prominent journals like Nature, Social Science & Medicine, BMJ Open, and many others.

Her main research aims are to improve the quality of care provided to patients, and to better address the health care system challenges associated with serving populations with complex health and social needs. She advocates for the implementation of thoughtful incremental changes to the health care system, to reduce costs and allow for more manageable transformations. Learn more about Professor Grudniewicz’s insights into recent healthcare reform in Ontario.

Her latest achievement consisted of working with a diverse group of scholars to establish a definition for predatory publishing, an important step in the fight against this detrimental practice.  The new definition of predatory publishing will help researchers and scholars around the world to identify predatory publication practices and limit the appeal of predatory publishers. This will greatly support global movements to ensure best practices in open access publishing. This international collaboration recently landed her the primary authorship on a prominent publication in Nature entitled “Predatory journals: no definition, no defence”.

Her contributions to the field of health services research are not only impacting policy decisions, but improving the quality of care provided to patients, as well as the community services available to address their needs. For this constant commitment to research excellence and never-ending vocation to produce practical insights on timely issues, she is well-deserving of the Telfer School’s Emerging Researcher of the Year Award in 2020.

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