Dr. Karen Yeates speaks of setting urgent health research priorities for Indigenous, rural and remote populations in Canada and the balance between the perspectives and needs of communities with those of health researchers.

Introductions: Vikas Sridhar, CDTRP Trainee

Karen Yeates, MD, MPH is a Professor of Medicine at Queen’s University in the Faculty of Health Sciences. She is a graduate of McGill University (BSc 1993) and Queen’s University School of Medicine (1997). Dr. Yeates currently directs a program of global health implementation science research in Tanzania with collaborative projects in Kenya and Ghana. Dr. Yeates is considered a global leader in the development of mobile health interventions (mHealth) to improve detection and management of non-communicable diseases. As an mHealth researcher, and, an expert in developing mobile health tools to support ‘task-shifting’ and ‘task-sharing’ among health workers in resource-poor settings, she has developed broad global collaborations in a variety of domains of health care including, detection and management of pre-eclampsia by non-physican health providers in remote and rural Tanzania, and, mHealth programs in Acute Kidney Injury in collaboration with the 0 by 25 global program of the International Society of Nephrology. She has served as a global educational ambassador for the International Society of Nephrology for more than 10 years and has trained and mentored numerous graduate students and numerous medical trainees in LMICs in developing nephrology research, training and health service delivery programs. She has conducted research in access to kidney transplantation among Indigenous Canadians and she has managed the kidney care and dialysis program on the James Bay coast of Ontario in the Weeneebayko Health Authority for more than 15 years.

Over the past 8 years, her global research program has been funded with over $8 million in grants from peer-review agencies including the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Grand Challenges Canada, International Development Research Centre of Canada, and the Wellcome Trust. She was inducted as a fellow in 2017 into the College of New Scholars, Scientists and Artists of Canada.