Our Background

The origins of IPR.Global lie in the work of the Global Research Interprofessional Network (GRIN), and In-2-Theory, two international IPECP networks. In-2-Theory was developed by Dr. Sarah Hean and her international colleagues, through a series of workshops funded by the UK Economics and Social Research Council (2007- 2009), with the goal of ensuring theoretical rigor in IPECP research and practice (Hean et al, 2013). GRIN, an expansion of the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative-ResearchNet, was the outcome of an International Summit in Toronto in 2012, led by Drs. Hossein Khalili & Ruby Grymonpre, supported by a CIHR[1] Meeting and Planning Grant (Thistlethwaite, Khalili, Grymonpre, Atack, Gilbert, Espin, et al, 2013). In 2014-15, the GRIN and IN-2-Theory Networks joined forces and established the GRIN2Theory Network. The establishment of Interprofessional.Global catalyzed the metamorphosis of GRIN2Theory to InterprofessionalResearch.Global.

The IPR.Global, as a community of practice (CoP) (Wenger et al, 2002), draws researchers, providers, educators, students, and policy makers together to provide global leadership in interprofessional education and collaborative practice (IPECP) research. IPR.Global promotes and advocates for evidence-informed policies and practices through fostering and facilitating theory-driven, methodologically rigorous IPECP research. IPR.Global helps translate IPECP research contexts and knowledge to global practice to support better health, better care, better cost and better work experience (Thistlethwaite et al., 2013).

[1] Canadian Institutes of Health Research