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Alberta Clinical Research Consortium (ACRC) – Research Toolbox

The ACRC hosts a clinical research toolbox that includes various templates, documents, and even a glossary available on the ACRC website

Access approvals diagram for Alberta.

Visit the Alberta Clinical Research Roadmap website - your one-stop-shop for clinical health research needs in Alberta.

The updated November 2019 ACRC Provincial Training Recommendations have been released. They build upon the inaugural provincial training recommendation document from 2015 and underwent a review and subsequent revisions in October 2018 to reflect the changing regulatory landscape which was approved and endorsed by the ACRC Executive Committee. Please visit their site here to learn more about these updates.

 

Be the Cure | participate in research

Several Alberta organizations have partnered to connect potential research participants to research studies through the "Be the Cure" site.  Search for studies in areas that you are interested in and connect.

Access Be the Cure

 

Canadian Clinical Trials Asset Map (CCTAM)

The CCTAM is a unique, robust, searchable web-based database disned to communicate Canada's clinical research strengths to all stakholders, including clinical trial sponsors.

Covenant Health Researchers who wish to list their team and expertise on the newly launched CCTAM

 

Clinical Trials Brochure for Sponsors

Canadian Clinical Trials and Coordinating Centre (CCTCC) and Foreign Affairs and Trade Development Canada have developed a brochure outlining the benefits of conducting clinical research in Canada.

Access brochure 

 

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)

CITI is an on-line training platform at the Biomedical Research Alliance of New York (BRANY).  CITI Canada, in partnership with N2 Canada provides the following courses for Covenant Health staff and physicians:

  • Basic Social and Behavioural Research Ethics
  • Biomedical Research Ethics
  • Good Clinical Practice (GCP)
  • Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Refresher
  • Health Canada Division 5 – Drugs for Clinical Trials Involving Human Subjects
  • Privacy (NEW)
  • Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
  • Transportation of Dangerous Good (TDG/IATA)

CITI courses are accepted by many research organizations and pharmaceutical companies, and have been developed and Canadian-ized by participating members of N2. For information on how to access the courses, review the ACRC Training Guide (updated 2017May), see the course listing, and further information.

Or access the CITI website directly and start learning.

Provincial Training Recommendations, updated 2019November

Note: There are other research courses available through CITI; however, they are not funded by Covenant Health and will incur a charge.

 

Connect Care Resources

Wave one implementation of Connect Care is taking place November 2019.  Find resources for researchers here.

 

Common Definitions within Health

Alberta Health Services (AHS) has released a resource document for participants in the research enterprise.

Access Common Definitions within Health

 

Covenant Health Research Project Repository

Professional Practice and Research are compiling a database of potential research projects of interest by COV constituents and framed within the context of Covenant Health. The database will be presented to those who wish to access it, and it may be sourced for COV-centred/sponsored projects as well.

Access the Research Project Repository

 

Grant Writing for Nurses and Professionals

This accessible, hands-on text for new grant writers and seasoned health researchers, educators, and clinicians alike, illuminates the process of writing a persuasive request for funding from start to finish.  Packed with practical tips for dealing with common pitfalls besieging grant seekers, the text progresses step by step from establishing the need for the grant through disseminating grant findings.  This third edition is distinguished by key information about newer grant mechanisms and a fresh focus for foundation and corporate grants.  It also includes updates on electronic submissions and web resources.

The third edition is now available at the Misericordia Community Hospital Weinlos Library or at Amazon.ca.

 

Guidance Documents

 

It Starts With Me website for study participants

Are you looking for a trustworthy site on clinical trials to refer to people interested in learning more or who you think should learn more? A new website (www.itstartswithme.ca) 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. The website is an overview of clinical trials, includes things to think about or ask before deciding to participate, participant rights, and has a glossary of terms. Please feel free to circulate this website and refer it to anyone you feel would benefit from it. The site was created by the Network of Networks (N2) to which our organization belongs and which represents member organizations that conduct clinical research and trials in Canada. The site is informative and hopes to create more conversation about clinical research and trials, and ultimately provide people with more information to make informed decisions about participating in a clinical trial.

Access website

 

Journal/Author Name Estimator (JANE)

This is a useful tool to determine which journal best matches the scope of a research article for publishing purposes: JANE

 

JournalGuide

Another option to search for appropriate journals to publish research: JournalGuide

 

Johanna Briggs Institute (JBI) Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports

Both archived and new issue articles are available through the JBI website

 

N2 Standard Operating Procedures

N2 Canada (Network of Networks) has a number of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that can be used to assist researchers in all phases of their research projects. A Table of Contents for the available SOPs can be found on CLiC.

 

Predatory journals discourse 2017

Resources to assist in identifying predatory journal publishers

 

U.S. Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) and Office of Research Integrity (ORI) interactive training video

The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) and the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) offer an interactive training video entitled “The Research Clinic” to promote research integrity.

The video simulation allows the viewer to choose one of four characters (Research Nurse, Research Assistant, Research Board Chair, and Principal Investigator), and make decisions relevant to that character. This is a useful and important training tool for researchers.

Access research video simulation.

 

University of Calgary, Participate in Research

The University of Calgary is launching a new tool to assist in connecting potential research participants to research studies through its new "Participate in Research" site.  Research studies that are open for recruitment will be listed and accessible by anyone interested in participating.

Access Participate in Research