September 24, 2015


Attention Students!

Undergraduate Research Initiative

URI Presents: How to Get Started in Undergraduate Research

Interested in getting involved in research, but don’t know where to start? Start here! This session will cover all the basics, such as where to find research opportunities, when to start looking, how to talk to professors about their research, and how to tackle common barriers to getting started.

Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Time: 12:35 – 1:20 p.m.
Location: 1-031 CCIS (CCIS Career Centre)

Register here (Free!)

More upcoming seminars from URI:

October 1: How to design an undergraduate research poster
October 7: How to apply for undergraduate research funding
October 8: How to present your undergraduate research
October 14: “Talk Nerdy to Me”: Interdisciplinary Communication for Undergraduate Researchers

CIHR Training Courses

For graduate students and faculty members alike!

Sex and Gender in Biomedical Research

Since the early 2000s, there has been a growing recognition by the research community that the sex of cells, tissues, animals, and humans matter in biomedical and translational science. Every cell has a sex, with sex differences beginning at conception and varying along the lifecycle.

When sex is taken into account, it improves the reproducibility of research findings and increases scientific rigor by allowing for results to be generalizable to both men and women. When sex is not taken into account, important effects may be missed.

Failure to consider sex in biomedical or translational research has come at the cost of human lives. This was the case with several drugs that required the addition of Health Canada warnings or were removed from the market due to fatal effects in one sex or the other.

Despite the importance of sex and gender considerations in biomedical research, many biomedical researchers have not yet fully explored the potential for discovery by taking sex and gender into account.

Free Online Course

Supporting the aim of the Catalyst Grant: Sex as a Variable in Biomedical or Translational Research funding opportunity, the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health (CIHR-IGH) has developed a free online course, which examines how sex can be integrated into biomedical research at every stage of the research project.

Did you Know?

  • Chronic pain hypersensitivity is mediated by microglial cells in male mice and by a completely different type of immune cell, likely T-cells, in female mice? *
    Could you be missing an important sex difference by excluding female cells and animals from your research?
  • The X-chromosome has 1,669 genes and the Y-chromosome only 426. Only 33% of Genome Wide Association Studies include the X-chromosome.**
    Does that make sense?
  • Many funding organizations around the world require the integration of sex/gender considerations at all stages of the research process.
    Will your research be left behind?
  • More and more scientific journals are changing their editorial policies to require that the sex/gender of research cells, tissues, animals and human participants be reported.
    Could not accounting for sex/gender make it more difficult for you to publish?
  • Sex differences in pharmacokinetics are leading drug safety organizations to recommend halving the dose of certain medications for women.
    Is your research measuring these differences?

Take this training course to learn how to:

  • Distinguish between and define sex and gender in biomedical research;
  • Identify sex/gender differences in the mechanism, disease, or treatment under study;
  • Assess a research protocol based on the integration or omission of sex and/or gender.


* R.E. Sorge et al., “Different immune cells mediate mechanical pain hypersensitivity in male and female mice”, Nature Neuroscience doi: 10.1038/nn.4053, 2015
** Wise, A.L., Gyi, L., & Manolio, T.A. (2013). eXclusion: Toward integrating the X chromosome in Genome-wide association analysis. American Society of Human Genetics, 92: 643-647

Programs & Events

Preparation for the CIHR March 2016 Project Competition

Sent on behalf of Joanne Simala-Grant, Director, Health Research Funding Initiatives.
Joanne Simala-Grant BSc PhD
Director, Health Research Funding Initiatives
Office of the Vice President (Research)
University of Alberta Grant Assist Program (Health Sciences)
Support for CIHR Applications
750D Heritage Medical Research Center
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2S2
T: 780.492.1566
F: 780.492.3672

It’s not too early to start thinking about how to prepare for the March 2016 CIHR Project Competition. Note that applicants invited in December 2015 to submit to Stage 2 of the Foundation 2015 competition are also permitted to apply simultaneously to the March 2016 Project competition.

CIHR Project 2016 Competition Workshop: What do we know?

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2015
Time: 9:00-10:15 am
Location: 1-040 Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Research

We will present a summary of what we know about the 2016 Project Competition. Additionally, CIHR will phone in, and we will have the opportunity to ask our questions.

CIHR has requested that if participants have specific questions they are aware of to please let Joanne Simala-Grant know and she will compile and forward the questions to the CIHR speaker.

Additionally, if you were a remote reviewer for CIHR for the 2014 Foundation competition, and plan on attending this workshop, please let Joanne know.

Feedback Processes in Preparation for the 2016 Project Competition

Concept Discussions – October 2015

Email ASAP to sign up for a Concept Discussion to take place in October/November 2015. These meetings are an opportunity to discuss your project idea(s) before writing.

Feedback Debriefs – October 2015

Email ASAP to sign up to participate in a Feedback Debrief to take place October/November 2015. These meetings are an opportunity to discuss your project idea(s) in the context of your previous grant reviews.

Internal Reviews – January 2016

We will begin organizing Internal reviews for the Project competition in December 2015, and reviews will take place at the end of January 2016. These meetings are an opportunity to have your Project application reviewed by colleagues.

Library Information Sessions

Library Specialized Services

The library offers a number of core services to faculty members and researchers. To meet the specialized and in-depth needs of nursing researchers, the library is piloting a new fee-for-service model that offers support for systematic reviews, publishing help, mediated literature searches, current awareness, and research impact analysis.

A drop-in lunch time session will be held on Wednesday, September 30 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in ECHA 5-140. Librarians from the JW Scott Health Sciences Library will be there to answer any questions or concerns you may have about this new service model.

2015 Engaging With Ideas Series LTR

Research Excellence Series Poster

Click HERE to view a pdf copy of the poster.

Research Metrics, Data, and Search Techniques in the Science and Engineering: Workshop Series

Please join Science and Technology librarians for a series of hands-on workshops to learn how to:

  • use citation analysis to show your research impact,
  • conduct advanced database searches and
  • manage and distribute research data

(Message from: Iwona Pawlina, PhD, PBiol, PMP, Senior Coordinator, Natural Sciences and Engineering Grant Assist Program, Office of the Vice-President (Research),

Click HERE to register for the sessions described below.

Overview of Publication and Research Metrics in the Sciences
Presenters: Tim Klassen and Jessica Thorlakson
Location: Cameron Library, 4-02
Date: Monday, September 28 12:00 – 13:30
Tuesday October 20, 10:00 – 11:30
Monday, November 24, 10:00 – 11:30

Come join Science and Technology librarians in an overview workshop on how to use a selection of tools for managing the accessibility, citability, and impact measurement of your research articles. We’ll do a brief overview of researcher IDs/ORCiD, how to calculate the H-Index in Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar, and how to calculate your Journal Impact Factor. We will also talk about alternative metrics and how to use them successfully. This is a chance to begin a conversation with subject librarians on using scholarly communication tools to manage the impact, accessibility, and visibility of your publications and research.

Scholarly Identity: Setting up Your Research Profile for Metrics
Presenters: Elizabeth Wallace and Christina Hwang
Location: Central Academic Building (CAB) – Lab 341
Date: Monday, October 5, 13:00 – 14:00

Your research is unique … but is your name? This workshop will demonstrate how you can establish your scholarly identity, and ensure that you are being accurately cited for your publications, using resources and tools that will solve author disambiguation issues and help you promote your work.

Alternative Metrics
Presenters: Jessica Thorlakson and Randy Reichardt
Location: Cameron Library, 4-02
Date: Tuesday, October 6, 10:00 – 11:00
Tuesday, November10, 12:00 – 13:00

This session will show examples of different ways to supplement your research metrics profile. Come learn about a variety of alternative metrics tools and how to harness them in grant applications, job promotions, and more.

Google Scholar for Metrics
Presenters: Christina Hwang and Diane Clark
Location: Central Academic Building (CAB) – Lab 341
Date: Wednesday, October 7, 12:00 – 13:00

Google Scholar is a popular tool for monitoring how your publications are cited. Join us for a workshop introducing Google Scholar’s advantages (e.g., ease of use) and limitations (e.g., transparency). Set up your Google Scholar researcher profile, discovering your h-index in the process, in a few minutes. Learn how to set up a Google Alert, another tool that can provide a view on your impact.

Advanced Database Searching
Presenters: Diane Clark and Angie Mandeville
Location: Cameron Library Lab 1-30
Date: Wednesday, October 14, 12:00 – 13:00

Take your searching to the next level with this hands-on workshop where we reveal strategies and best practices of professional searchers. From Web of Science to Scopus to Google — learn how to ensure you are getting the best results from literature databases. Advanced search techniques you will be introduced to include:

  • use index terms, subject headings, or medical subject headings
  • use Boolean operators to narrow, broaden or eliminate results
  • use adjacency operators and phrase searching
  • find highly cited papers and authors in your field
  • become a registered user to save searches and set up search alerts.

Web of Science and Scopus for Metrics
Presenters: Diane Clark and Christina Hwang
Location: Central Academic Building (CAB) – Lab 341
Date: Monday, October 19, 12:00 – 13:00

Web of Science and Scopus are two of the most widespread bibliometric tools. Despite their traditional popularity within STEM fields, both are interdisciplinary platforms which include records from journals in the Humanities and Social Sciences. In this hands-on workshop, we will explore how Web of Science and Scopus can be used to conduct citation analysis and measure research impact. We will also help you create citation reports, link your unique researcher profiles, and sign up for new citation alerts.

Research Data Management
Presenters: Diane Clark and Randy Reichardt
Location: Cameron Lab 1-30
Date: Wednesday, October 28, 12:00 – 13:00

This workshop will discuss the current policies for both managing and distributing research data. Participants will be able to build a research data management plan (DMP) using DMP Builder. In addition, attendees will learn how to use Dataverse to share datasets, among a group, individuals or to a broad audience in a secure environment.

Teaching Public Health to Nursing Students – CASN Webinar Series

CASN’s Public Health Teaching Strategies website has launched! The purpose of the website is to act as a repository of exemplar teaching strategies that can be used to integrate the Entry-to-Practice Public Health Nursing Competencies for undergraduate Nursing Education into curricula.

Each Teaching Strategy includes a detailed description, explanatory teaching context, and a list of all necessary resources.


All webinars are scheduled for 12:00 (noon) EDT.  Registration is free.  Click the links below for individual event registration.

October 13, 2015Meridy Black, Caroline Brunt & Shari Laliberte with guest Deborah Littman

Overcoming Barriers to Full Scope Public Health Practicums through Community-College Partnerships

A key learning objective of nursing education programs is to educate students about the principles of primary health care and population health promotion (PHP) from a social determinants of health perspective. In the current health care context it is challenging to deliver practicums that will allow students to gain the full scope of public health experience. A cross-jurisdictional scan of all Canadian health region websites found that only 25% of interventions addressed equity and 16% were targeting the population as a whole. Most interventions relied on direct interventions at the 1:1 level (e.g., bringing health services to underserved communities). Interventions providing fiscal support for citizens or through formalized policies addressing environmental factors such as regulation were less common (MacNeil, 2012). Thus, it has become increasingly important to be innovative in educating nursing students about multi-level population health promotion practice. In this webinar we will present options for integrating academic content with practicum experiences and to developing multi-level health promotion practicums, beyond the health sector, with diverse inter-sectoral partners. We will also present our strategies for addressing the barriers that our students will face upon their graduation, in applying what they have learned through inter-sectoral partnerships, in participatory research, and advocacy work.

October 20, 2015Francoise Filion & Diana Gausden

Successful strategies to accomplish a primary prevention project with vulnerable populations in the community: An environmental scan and a partnership with a community-based organization

November 3, 2015Elizabeth Poag & Lenora Marcellus

Beyond the 6 o’clock News: A classroom activity exploring the role of nursing in communicable disease outbreak situations

November 10, 2015Catherine Bradbury

Public Health Advocacy & Community Engagement; A Competency Approach to Community Development in Northern Canada

November 24, 2015Aliyah Dosani & Candace Lind

Teaching Key Community Health Nursing Concepts Through Imogene, the Simulation Mannequin

December 1, 2015Adele Vukic, Megan Aston & Audrey Steenbeek

Effective teaching strategies for nursing students to promote population health WITH communities

Knowledge Translation Workshop

The Western “STARTING Out” New Graduate Nurse Colloquium

Date: Wednesday, October 21st, 2015
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Lister Conference Centre, University of Alberta

Nurse researchers, policy makers, leaders, students, trainees and individuals with an
interest in Nursing Health Research: join your colleagues from all over the country for this research to practice and policy knowledge translation event.
This conference is designed to provide a venue where participants can:

  • Share nursing research findings that raise important implications for new graduate nurse
    education, transition, practice, research, and health policy in Canada.
  • Engage in discussions about possible strategies for improving new graduate nurse job and
    career transition and retention.
  • Network to facilitate the exchange of ideas and expertise within and beyond the nursing


There is a $35.00 conference fee. To confirm your attendance, please return this form to no later than October 1st, 2015. Cash and cheques made payable to “University of Alberta” will be accepted. Your registration will be complete once payment is received at the following address:

CLEAR Outcomes Research Program,
3rd floor Edmonton Clinic Health Academy, Faculty of Nursing,
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, T6G 1C9, Canada

Coffee, lunch, and refreshments are provided; please indicate your dietary needs on the registration form.

Click HERE for more information and to download the registration form.

uPNR Inaugural June Kikuchi Memorial Lecture

​You are invited to submit an abstract to Margaret Scott Wright Research & Innovation Day: Nursing Leadership in the Complex Clinical World: Better Transitions, Teams and Tomorrows

Presented by the Faculty of Nursing, Alberta Health Services and MacEwan University

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ginette L. Rodger

Conference date: November 6, 2015
Location: Westin Hotel, Edmonton, Alberta

Post Conference Workshop: November 7, 2015
Location: Edmonton Clinic Academy

To submit your abstract and to register, click HERE.

Early bird registration deadline: October 16, 2015

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