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2015 News Archive

NESHW releases discovery toolkit for healthcare providers and stakeholders

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Network of Excellence in Seniors' Health and Wellness (NESHW) has released a 'discovery' toolkit entitled: "Supporting Family Caregivers of Seniors: Improving Care and Caregiver Outcomes".
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National Survey Press Release: Canada’s Clinical Research Community Needs Public Input

Thursday, December 10, 2015

An on-line national clinical research survey for patients and the public has been launched.
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Health Canada to release clinical trial inspection information

Monday, December 07, 2015

As part of Health Canada’s (HC) commitment to regulatory transparency, information on all clinical trial inspections performed in Canada will be published by December 11, 2015 in Health Canada’s existing Drug and Health Product Inspections Database.
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Program at-a-glance for Research Day 2016

Friday, December 04, 2015

The upcoming Research Day 2016, Program-at-a-glance is now available. Research Day will include a plenary speaker; oral and poster presentations; a panel discussion; a luncheon and networking opportunities.
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NESHW announces innovation fund competition results

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

The Network of Seniors Health and Wellness (NESHW) has announced the successful projects submitted as part of the Innovation Fund competition. Congratulations to Dr. Marjan Abbasi, Dr. Adrian Wagg, Wendy Duggleby, PhD, Lisa Jensen and Allyson Jones, PhD.
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Rx&D is changing its name to Innovative Medicines Canada

Friday, November 20, 2015

At its recent Making Canada Better conference in Montreal, Rx&D – the association that represents pharmaceutical research companies in Canada – announced it would be changing its name and brand to Innovative Medicines Canada.
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Research Day 2016 registration is now open

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Registration is now open for the 11th annual Covenant Health Research Day, to take place on Thursday, February 11th, 2016 at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital - Auditorium. This year's event is entitled: "Resilience - patient, practitioner and community, and the potential for transforming health and health care delivery"
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CCTCC and Foreign Affairs develop clinical trial brochure

Monday, November 16, 2015

The Canadian Clinical Trial and Coordinating Centre (CCTCC) and Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada have developed a clinical trials brochure.
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N2 Clinical trials education website launched

Friday, November 06, 2015

Are you looking for a trustworthy website about clinical trials? Are you interested in learning about participating in a clinical trial? A new website ( about clinical trials was developed by patients and caregivers who have participated in a clinical trial or have had a loved one participate in a clinical trial and by people who work in clinical trials and research.
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U.S. Office for Human Protections releases webinars

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

The United States - Office for Human Protections (OHRP) has released six webinars intended to inform the public of proposed changes to the Common Rule - Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects.
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ACRC Executive endorses CITI-Canada research training

Monday, September 28, 2015

Alberta Clinical Research Consortium (ACRC) Executive committee members recommend training opportunities and endorse CITI-Canada research training.
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Dr. Lawrence Richer newly appointed Director for NACTRC

Friday, September 25, 2015

Dr. Lawrence Richer is the newly appointed Director of the Northern Alberta Clinical Trials and Research Centre (NACTRC), effective September 1st.
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Newest issue of ACRC Clinical Research Source published!

Friday, September 11, 2015

The newest issue of the ACRC Clinical Research Source (Vol.3, Issue 3) was published on Wednesday. News included announcements of the new Research Alberta website - a researcher's one-stop shop, and the pilot EDGE Alberta clinical management system.
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Call for Abstracts - 11th Annual Covenant Health Research Day, February 11, 2016 08:00-16:00hrs

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Covenant Health Research Centre (CHRC) invites abstracts to be considered for presentation at the 2016 Covenant Health Research Day titled: “Resilience – patient, practitioner, and community, and the potential for transforming health and health care delivery”
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NEW Clinical Research and Innovation Community of Practice accepting participant RSVPs for official launch.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

NEW health Clinical Research and Innovation Community of Practice accepting participant RSVPs for official launch. A new Clinical Research and Innovation Community of Practice (CoP) is being formed. The Cop is open for all clinicians who are interested in getting together to share stories, problem solve and engage in discussion around knowledge translation and clinical research.
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AI-HS announces launch of two Alberta SPOR Support Units

Monday, August 24, 2015

Alberta Innovates-Health Solutions (AI-HS) announced the launch of two Alberta SPOR Support Unit platforms: Data and Methods Support & Development
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HealthCareCAN - CHAMPION AWARD Nominations

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

HealthCareCAN in partnership with the Canadian Patient Safety Institute is proud to announce the 2015 Champion Awards! Through the Champion Awards, HealthCareCAN would like to recognize those that through patient/family engagement, achieved safe care and inspired others to do the same.
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Call for Abstracts - The 7th International Conference on Patient- and Family-Centered Care

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

IPFCC is proud to announce The 7th International Conference on Patient- and Family-Centered Care—Partnerships in Care, Interprofessional Education, and Research. The conference will showcase innovative programs and approaches dedicated to collaboration among health care professionals, patients, residents in long-term care communities, and families and other care partners.
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CIHR announces new team grant

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has launched a new team funding opportunity in the area of Intersectoral Prevention research. The $19M investment is a key component of the CIHR Environments and Health Signature Initiative.
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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Margaret Scott Wright Research Day

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The conference theme is "Nurse Leadership in the Complex Clinical World: Better transitions, teams and tomorrows".
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Newly launched CCTAM available for researchers

Monday, July 13, 2015

The Canadian Clinical Trails Asset Map (CCTAM) launched in June is available for researchers and their teams who wish to include their expertise within the Asset Map, to be accessed nationally and internationally.
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Innovation Fund Grant now open

Monday, July 13, 2015

The Covenant Health Network of Excellence in Seniors’ Health and Wellness (NESHW) 2015 Request for Applications to the Innovation Fund is now open. Application deadline is September 8, 2015.
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AIHS announces the new Community Engagement and Conference Grant

Friday, June 26, 2015

AIHS announces its new Community Engagement and Conference Grant. This flexible grant is available to community and educational organizations, not-for-profits, and those involved in knowledge exchange in the health research and innovation environment
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AIHS announces the 2015/2016 Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Health System (PRIHS) competition

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Alberta Innovates Health Solution in partnership with Alberta Health Services (AHS), announces their third offering under the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Health System (PRIHS) Fund, which will support projects undertaken by the Strategic Clinical Networks (SCNs) to improve healthcare delivery and patient outcomes. PRIHS will focus on two dimensions of the Health Quality Council of Alberta’s Quality Matrix - appropriateness and efficiency
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New issue of the ACRC Clinical Research Source newsletter

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Features include: •ALCOA - Good Documentation Practices and Data Quality •CITI-Canada GCP Refresher course update •N2 Standard Operating Procedures Version 6 now available! •Canadian Clinical Trials Asset Map (CCTAM) launch announcement •Request for input and working group members - ACRC glossary revisions and the One-Stop-Shop
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On-line training opportunities for Covenant Health researchers

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

On-line research courses available as a result of Covenant Health's membership in N2 now includes seven courses. N2 has partnered with the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) at the University of Miami to offer Canadian-version certificate courses for you and your study teams. These courses are recognized by most study sponsors.
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GCP Refresher course released

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The CITI-Canada GCP Refresher course is now available to members of the Alberta Clinical Research Consortium (ACRC), of which Covenant Health is a partner.
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Retina Canada offer grants

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Retina Foundation of Canada is offering Junior and Senior clinical research grants for $5,000.00 and $20,000.00 respectively. Deadline for application is May 25th, 2015.
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Canadian Clinical Trials Asset Map (CCTAM) will be launched on June 4th

Friday, May 08, 2015

The Canadian Clinical Trials Asset Map (CCTAM) will be launched on Thursday, June 4th, 2015 in Ottawa. The CCTAM is a pan-Canadian, robust, on-line, searchable database designed to communicate Canada’s clinical research strengths to all stakeholders, including clinical trial sponsors.
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Help us populate the Covenant Health Research Project Repository

Friday, May 01, 2015

We have researchers seeking research projects. What research would make an impact on your practice? Do you have an idea you’d like to test?
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WHO calls for results from all trials to be reported

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

For the first time ever, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has taken a position on clinical trial results reporting, and it’s a very strong position! The WHO now says that researchers have a clear ethical duty to publicly report the results of all clinical trials.
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March Issue of the Alberta Clinical Research Consortium (ACRC) Clinical Research

Friday, March 27, 2015

This issue's features include: Recent changes to the TCPS2, Transparency in Clinical Research, Recent changes in regulations, and information on newly opened studies and the latest publications by Alberta researchers. Save the Date - 2nd annual ACRC Clinical Health Research Conference (June 17, 2015)
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Invitation to join CHAIN

Thursday, March 19, 2015

CHAIN, (standing for Contacts, Help, Advice & Information Network), originated 15 years ago in the NHS Research & Development programme in England and has since grown into a not-for profit international online community of around 14,000 people who are willing to share their knowledge and experience with each other.
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Changes to the CIHR Research Reporting System (RRS)

Friday, March 13, 2015

As of April 9th, 2015, RRS reports will be updated. Changes will effect the following sections: Profile and Grant Information, Research Findings, and Research Context. This may have implications to grant holders who currently have open end-of-grant reports.
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Research Day 2015 Event Presentations focussed on Spirituality

Monday, February 16, 2015

The 10th annual Covenant Health Research Day event entitled "Reclaiming a place for the Spirit: exploring evidence based religion and spirituality research in healthcare" was held on February 5th at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital auditorium. The plenary speaker, Dr. Kenneth I Pargament, shared his research with an audience of 116 participants as well as those attending via Telehealth. Throughout the day, speakers – both local and from outside the province, delivered interesting presentations culminating in a discussion panel at the end of the day.
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Expanded Access to Netcare for Research

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Alberta Netcare Portal is a viewer of health information provided from many source systems across the province. Revisions to rules allowing access for research personnel are expected to be tabled in the current session of the Alberta Legislature, which will provide an opportunity for the community of investigators and research administrators to review and comment on how well the changes respond to our evolving research environment.
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