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September 14th, 2017


August 11th, 2017

Northern, Rural and Remote Health Conference

The Canadian Society for Circumpolar Health will be hosting the Northern, Rural and Remote Health Forum from October 6-9 in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador.

This forum focuses on sharing knowledge and innovations in community health and discussing the critical health issues of rural, Northern and Indigenous populations in Canada and across the Globe. Event organizers are encouraging anyone with an investment in Northern and rural/remote health to attend the conference – this includes health professionals, researchers, policy makers, community support workers, educators, and students.

To learn more about the conference, check out their website (http://www.csch.ca/northern-rural-and-remote-health-20) or follow the Canadian Society for Circumpolar Health on Twitter (@csch_scsc) with the #NRRH2017.

August 1st, 2017

2017 Programmatic Grant

The Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations Network is pleased to announce the 2017 Programmatic Grant call.

More updated information can be found in the slides at the webinar in August 2, 2017. 

Please note that in addition to the listed requirements, a preliminary network Letter of Intent (LOI) is due September 6, 2017. However, we strongly encourage project teams to submit a network LOI as soon as possible.

If you are interested in applying to this funding opportunity, please contact the Alberta Network Coordinator Cliff Lindeman (clindema@ualberta.ca) as soon as possible. 

Common Letter of Intent (in English and French) is accessible at: Common LOI.

July 17th, 2017

PIHCI Programmatic Grants - Webinar and FO Information

As mentioned in the PIHCI Programmatic Grants pre-announcement, a webinar has been scheduled and will be held on August 2 from 13:00 – 14:00 ET. Please click the link to register.
CIHR has also recently launched another funding opportunity that we thought might be of interest to your Networks. Please click the link for more information.
Finally, in regards to the requirement for letters of support for the programmatic grants. CIHR released that the following letters will be required:

  • Provide a signed letter of support from the tripartite leadership of each member network involved, if one of the leads is not listed as a Principal Applicant. The letter should indicate which network priority/ies they are addressing in the proposal and the member network’s overall support for engaging in the project and the support it will provide or mobilize.
  • Provide a signed letter of support from the provincial/territorial health policy maker, such as the Deputy Minister, for each member network involved. The letter should state that they have been appropriately engaged in the development of the policy maker engagement plan and will be an active participant in its implementation.

July 17th, 2017


A Research Day was held for the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations (PIHCI) networks. Researchers from across Canada presented on their progress on SPOR-funded research projects. Presentations were organized into SPARKs (longer) and BITEs (shorter), and can be viewed here: PIHCIN SPARKs and BITEs

July 10th, 2017

Pre-Announcement: SPOR PIHCI Network Programmatic Grants

Funding Opportunity Launch: July 2017
Letter of Intent Deadline: September 26, 2017
Full Application Deadline: November 28, 2017
Anticipated Funding Start Date: January 1, 2018

In July 2017, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, through the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR), will launch the SPOR Network in Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovation (PIHCI) –Programmatic Grants funding opportunity. This funding opportunity is part of Phase III of the PIHCINetwork and will provide funding for cross-jurisdictional research projects involving a minimum of four PIHCI member networks that respond to one or more of the Network priorities (attached), which were determined in consultation with the PIHCI member networks and their stakeholders..

Total funding available from CIHR for this initiative is $4M, enough to fund approximately four grants. The maximum amount per grant is $250,000 per year for up to four years for a total of $1M per grant.
•Funding under SPOR is based on a 1:1 matching formula with non-federal sources to ensurerelevance and applicability.
•Matching partner contributions from non-federal sources can include up to 50% eligible cash equivalent contributions.

Please note that CIHR is in the process of trying to schedule a webinar. When available, information can be found on the CIHR website.

Please view here for more information about provincial and national priorities.

July 5th, 2017

Summer 2017 issue of CFN Network News

For those who interested in improving care for older Canadians living with frailty, click here to view the new issue of CFN Network. 

June 21st, 2017

LunchBox Seminar with Dr. Tony Smith - Text Mining and Natural Language Processing

**Date change: The presentation will take place on Thursday, June 29, 2017. 

June 10th, 2017

Post-doctoral fellowship opportunity at the Primary Healthcare Research Unit, Memorial University

Applications are invited for a full-time Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Centre for Rural Health Studies and Primary Healthcare Research Unit, Discipline of Family Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland. The position is a one year appointment starting July 3rd 2017 or as soon as a qualified applicant is selected.

The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Dr. Shabnam Asghari, epidemiologist Associate Professor, Discipline of Family Medicine and Research Director, Center for Rural Health Studies.

Click here for more information.

May 31st, 2017

AbSPORU Training & Events

(all events Mountain Standard Time unless noted)

June 13, 2017
2:30-3:30 p.m. EST
Compute Canada &  CHIR Webinar: Tools for Data-Intensive Health Research
Register for Tools for Data-Intensive Health Reserach

June 14, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Pragmatic Clinical Trials Certificate in Patient-Oriented Research: Lunch and Learn Info Session
Location: ECHA 2-150
(11405 87 AVE NW – Edmonton Clinic Health Academy) 
Registration not required

June 16, 2017
2:00-5: 00 p.m. (in person) Theatre One, Health Sciences Centre, Foothills Campus, Calgary
2:00-3:00 p.m. (online webinar)
Engaging People in Health Research Speaker Series: Patient and Researcher Co-Presentation on Patient Engagement
Register for Engaging People in Health Research

June 21, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Pragmatic Clinical Trials Certificate in Patient-Oriented Research: Lunch and Learn Info Session
Location: Alberta Children’s Hospital with video conference to Foothills Campus, Theatre 1
Registration not required

June 25-27, 2017
Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit Summer Institute 2017
Working Together: A Spotlight on Patient-Oriented Research

Lister Hall, University of Alberta, Edmonton
Register for SI2017

May 31st, 2017

2017 AbSPORU Summer Institute: Last Chance to Register

Summer Institute 2017 "Working Together: A Spotlight on Patient-Oriented Research" is less than three weeks away, and the last day to register is June 14. There are fewer than 30 spots left, so those interested in taking part in this outstanding event should register now to engage with patients, researchers, clinicians, students, policy makers and others who will be sharing insights on patient-oriented research.  The event will feature representatives from the Canadian Medical Association Journal and British Medical Journal who will discuss how patient-oriented research is impacting health research publishing. A highlight of the event will be keynote speaker Simon Denegri of the National Institute for Health Research and INVOVLE who will share insights from the UK experience regarding patient-oriented research.

May 31st, 2017

FRAISE Project setting research priorities for parents and children up to 24 months

Family Research Agenda Initiative Setting is now looking for steering committee members including parents, front-line health care providers and key stakeholders who will determine research priorities and helping with the co-design of the survey.

Research questions could include “what concerns you most about the health of your baby?” or “what unanswered questions do you have about your pregnancy?”

If you’re interested in being a part of the steering committee, you can learn more and apply at the Fraise Project website.   An online public survey will be available in early 2018. Once the survey is completed and the results are analyzed, the top 10 research priorities will be determined. A goal of the project is that these priorities will be acted on by researchers and funders.

April 25th, 2017

The Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit is hosting a free research event in Calgary on April 27-28, 2017!

Open House and Marketplace

Date: Thursday, April 27

Time: 9:30am-12pm

Location: Theatre One and the HSC Mall (outside Theatre One)

Featuring: An Introductory session about SPOR, an open marketplace to meet and chat with SPOR Platform Leads and staff, and information on how to access and utilize the services SPOR provides.

Open to everyone – snacks will be provided!


KT Workshop: How to do a Systematic Review*

Thursday, April 27



KT Workshop: Integrated Knowledge Translation*

Friday, April 28

9am – 12pm


Research Consultations*

Pre-book for individual appointment. Space is limited for workshops and consultations; registration is required. Click here to find out more.

April 18th, 2017

Alberta Primary Care Research Networks Newsletter

The ‘Alberta Primary Care Research Networks Communiqué’ is a biannual newsletter highlighting upcoming events and opportunities from five Albertan community-based primary care research networks. The intent of this publication is to engage clinicians, researchers, and interested stakeholders in Alberta and to highlight the work that is being done to promote and support primary care research. We encourage you to share this document with your colleagues. 

Click here to view our newsletter or email Cliff Lindeman to request a high resolution version.

April 18th, 2017

The Patient-Oriented Research (POR) Training Program, hosted by the Career Development Platform, offers eight (8) sessions each year, running from January to May and September to November. These free of charge sessions are offered online and in-person at locations across Alberta and are available to anyone with an interest in health research.

UPCOMING 2017 POR training program dates

April 5 – Panel discussion: Challenges in doing patient-oriented research in a changing health research culture, Edmonton
Presenters: Leah Lechelt, Michael Chibuk, Mackenzie Moir and Akhila Regunathan

May 3 – Innovative methods for patient-oriented research PART I: Identifying patient priorities, Calgary
Presenter: Leah Lechelt

May 31 – Innovative methods for patient-oriented research PART II: PREMS and PROMS along the spectrum of patient-oriented research, Edmonton
Presenter: Fatima Al Sayah

Click here for more information.

April 11th, 2017

Connect with AbSPORU: Support for your patient-oriented research (Calgary)

The Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit (AbSPORU) Knowledge Translation Platform is hosting a FREE event April 27th and 28th. This event aims to inform researchers about the services AbSPORU offers and how to access the services, provide workshops with a knowledge synthesis and knowledge translation focus, and offer individual research consultations for people with specific questions.

Click here to register.

March 24th, 2017

AB SPOR KT Platform Webinar Series

On Wednesday, April 4, 2017 at 12:00 PM (MDT) - Lunch & Learn: Introduction to Knowledge Translation presented by Dr. Gabrielle Zimmermann. Dr. Gabrielle Zimmerman has a strong background in research and has coordinated complex research activities and analysis specific to knowledge translation and implementation science.  Please join Gabrielle for her online presentation introducing the concept and importance of knowledge translation. Click here to register.


On Wednesday, April 6, 2017 at 12:00 PM (MDT) - Lunch & Learn: Introduction to Knowledge Synthesis and Systematic Reviews presented by Dr. Meghan Sebastianski. Dr. Sebastianski brings a wealth of experience in clinical epidemiology, research methodology, and evidence-based decision making to her role as the SPOR Project Coordinator for Knowledge Synthesis.  Please join Dr. Sebastianski for her online presentation, where she will introduce you to knowledge synthesis and systematic review basics. Click here to register.


On Wednesday, April 12, 2017
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

(In both Alberta and Saskatchewan)
Dr. Thomas Rotter, Research Chair in Health Quality Improvement Science at the University of Saskatchewan, and Dr. Donna Goodridge, Co-Chair of the Canadian Thoracic Society (CTS) COPD Clinical Assembly and a Professor at the University of Saskatchewan, will present our April Webinar with Dr. Shannon Scott, Professor and Canada Research Chair for Knowledge Translation in Child Health with the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta. Click here to register.

March 17th, 2017

Call for Abstracts!

Cochrane Canada Symposium 2017

Deadline: March 20, 2017

Cochrane Canada invites you to submit abstracts for posters, oral presentations and workshops starting 15 February 2017. We welcome abstracts that reflect our mission: To promote evidence informed health decision making by producing high quality, relevant, accessible systematic reviews and other synthesized research evidence.

We look forward to receiving abstracts on a variety of topics relevant to evidence producers and decision makers, including:

  • New and innovative methods to produce systematic reviews and evidence syntheses.
  • Strategies to engage decision makers in the production and use of high priority, relevant and accessible evidence syntheses.
  • Strategies to promote the use of evidence by decision makers, including consumers, practitioners, researchers, policymakers and others.

Abstracts from all interested parties are welcomed.

For more information, please visit the Cochrane Canada Symposium at http://canada.cochrane.org/symposium-2017/abstracts

March 10th, 2017

Opportunity: AbSPORU - KT Platform Travel Award

The Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit (AbSPORU) Knowledge Translation Platform will be offering financial support for graduate students and faculty members to attend the Cochrane Canada Symposium in Halifax on May 11-12 this year. Each successful candidate will receive up to $1,200 to reimburse the costs associated with travel to the conference. Four awards will be given out, two for faculty two for graduate students. 

We would like to reach as many potential applicants as possible, and would appreciate it if you could promote this travel award as you see fit. Deadline for applications is March 20th. Click here to access the application form. 

Or contact Cliff Lindeman if you need any further support.

Alberta Primary Care Research Networks COMMUNIQUÉ

Issue 1 - March 2017

Issue 1 - March 2017