Wasn't sure what I really wanted to call the title of my post, so hopefully people read this... I am interested in improving patient care and moving into some research/academia as part of my career at some point. However, I was wondering if anyone had any pointers on how to introduce yourself to various people that may be doing research, and thus become involved in their research. For instance, I have thought about trying to come up with a question on patient care/outcomes that are used in my clinic and then asking my professor from PT school if she would help me with a small research study (as I'm local to where I graduated). Or, I know that there are other schools in the area that would undoubtedly have people doing research... how does one go about saying, "Hey! I want to do research with you!" when you don't know the person?