About Us

Who we are

The MAGIC team is a unique assembly of health methodologists and research scientists from universities and research centers across Canada. MAGIC is internationally recognized and united by a common goal of applying innovative knowledge synthesis methods to produce trusted, timely, unbiased and clear evidence to inform policy decisions on post-market drug safety and effectiveness.

To date, MAGIC investigators have completed several hundred knowledge synthesis projects for numerous provincial, national and international Knowledge Users’ and organizations such as Health Canada, the World Health Organization, CADTH, the Public Health Agency of Canada, the British Columbia Ministry of Health and many others.

MAGIC works closely with other DSEN collaborative research networks groups such as CNODES, CAN-AIM, SEARCH & PREVENT), creating synergy to enhance research innovation, capacity development, and knowledge translation. MAGIC also collaborates with several journals (e.g., Systematic Reviews, Journal of Clinical Epidemiology), funding agencies (e.g., Alberta Innovates Health Solutions, Michael Smith Foundation for Medical Research), and professional organizations/regulatory bodies (e.g., Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Canadian Medical Association) to facilitate dissemination of results.

Our Objectives

  1. Continue generating rigorous Knowledge Synthesis products for DSEN, including all types of reviews (e.g., systematic reviews, rapid reviews, scoping reviews) and primary data collection, as needed, to meet DSEN Knowledge Users’ evidence needs, as well as continually advance the science of Knowledge Synthesis methods
  2. Demonstrate high levels of productivity in responding to queries and continue to seek opportunities to collaborate with other DSEN teams to maximize efficiencies to offer Knowledge Users’ with the best evidence quickly, using a proactive approach, and engaging and integrating patients more fulsomely
  3. Contribute to the growth and development of capacity in Post-Market Drug Safety and Effectiveness research using strategies that will include both continued engagement of trainees and young investigators in a nurturing research environment, as well as a needs assessment to evaluate our Knowledge Users’ capacity-building needs and fill these knowledge gaps with tailored educational materials
  4. Continue using an integrated Knowledge Translation approach with DSEN Knowledge Users’ for each Knowledge Synthesis project to maximize MAGICs impact on policy and practice
  5. Continue promoting excellence in Post-Market Drug Safety and Effectiveness