January 21, 2016

Programs & Events

URGENT: Research Day 2016

You only have one day left to register!  Register by January 22 to take advantage of early bird registration for the upcoming Covenant Health Research Day 2016.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn about research in the area of resilience.  Research Day highlights include lecture presentations – including a plenary speaker; networking, poster session and luncheon; and a discussion panel.

Date: February 11, 2016
Time: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Grey Nuns Community Hospital Auditorium – 1100 Youville Drive West Northwest Edmonton, AB T6L 5X8 CA

For more information and to register, click HERE.

Promoting Healthy Brain Aging and Preventing Dementia: Research and Translation - May 24-27,2016 | The Fairmont Banff Springs | Banff, Alberta, CanadaREGISTER TODAY! (Early bird deadline: April 25, 2016)

Abstract submissions for poster and oral presentations are now being accepted.

This International Conference will bring together experts from Alberta, Canada and around the world to share knowledge and contribute to the ongoing discussions on the research and translational tools required to improve the prevention, detection, intervention, and management of dementia and to promote healthier brain and cognitive aging.

Session Topics

  • Brain and cognitive resilience in aging
  • Vascular contributions to cognitive impairment and dementia
  • Risk factors and novel diagnostics
  • Exercise and cognitive interventions for healthy brain aging and prevention of dementia
  • Applied research in dementia

In addition to speakers from Alberta and Canada, the conference will include international experts from distinguished institutions such as Harvard University, University of Oxford, the National Institutes of Health, King’s College London, the Karolinska Institutet, and Australian National University.  Visit the conference website for a full list of confirmed speakers.

Deadline: February 29, 2016

To submit your abstract, click HERE.

Community Reminder: SPARC Consultations

Over the next coming weeks, WestGrid / Compute Canada users and stakeholders are invited to participate in SPARC2, Compute Canada’s national consultation process in preparation for its submission to the upcoming CFI funding competitions this spring.

Compute Canada’s proposal will cover operations from 2017-2022, along with an updated capital plan covering the same period. The SPARC consultations will inform this submission, so all disciplines are encouraged to share domain-specific forecasts and advanced research computing (ARC) needs, as well as identify needs in managing large data sets and preserving “big data” for use by future researchers.

There are multiple ways to participate:

In-Person Consultations

Members of the Compute Canada Executive Team will be attending these sessions to provide updates and gather feedback on Compute Canada’s technology briefing and deployment plan for the renewal and consolidation of its national platform, which will be implemented through 2016 to 2018.

January 26, 2016 University of Calgary
Room TBC 9:30AM – 11:30AM
January 27, 2016 University of Alberta
Room 3-33, Computing Sciences Centre 2PM-4PM
February 01, 2016 University of Manitoba
Room 258, St. Paul’s College Building 1PM – 3PM
February 02, 2016 University of Saskatchewan
Room 2D71, Agriculture Building 1PM – 3PM

Who Should Participate?

Any WestGrid / Compute Canada user (or future user) as well as members of the broader research community from all disciplines (i.e. faculty, grad students, VPR/AVPR, Research Services Office, IT staff, industry, government, funders) are invited and encouraged to participate.

Other Opportunities for Input

If you are not able to attend an in-person consultation, there are other ways to get involved and help shape ARC services in Canada:

Important Announcements

IAB Member Application – Extension to application deadline due to technical difficulties with the Canadian Common CV (CCV)

Due to ongoing technical difficulties currently being experienced by the Canadian Common CV, CIHR will extend the deadline for the submission of  Institutes Advisory Boards Member Application to February 10, 2016.

The CCV Secretariat is currently working with Shared Services Canada to resolve this issue which is being experienced by all CCV Subscribing Organizations. CIHR will continue to actively monitor the situation. For further information and continued updates please consult the CIHR website.

Employment Opportunity

Projects Manager, SPOR Patient Engagement


The practice of engaging patients (an overarching term involving individuals with personal health experiences and their informal caregivers such as family and friends) in the design, conduct, and translation of health research, has grown substantially in developed countries over the last 15 years. Through their lived experiences with an illness, condition, or situation, patients are able to provide unique perspectives to research better ensuring that research outcomes are more applicable to patients.

In August 2011, the Canadian government launched the Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) through the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR). Canada’s SPOR goals will be achieved through a number of initiatives, including the provincial centres called SPOR Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials (SUPPORT) Units. The SPOR SUPPORT Units provide the expertise, resources, and the supports necessary to build and sustain patient-oriented research throughout their respective provinces. Alberta launched their provincial SPOR SUPPORT Unit on November 2013, and have established seven province-wide platforms, including a Patient Engagement (PE) Platform. The focus of the PE Platform is on supporting meaningful engagement of researchers and patients throughout the research process.

The Project Manager will play a key role in supporting the design, implementation and evaluation of the PE Platform services and activities. The project manager will be a local contact for the PE Platform and provide support to both researchers and patients.

This is a full-time, term position for 13 months (from start date) with the possibility of an extension.

For more information, click HERE.

Attention (Undergraduate) Students

Undergraduate Research Initiative

Undergraduate Researcher Stipend


The Undergraduate Researcher Stipend enables undergraduate students to carry out mentored research projects and creative works activities. This stipend allows undergraduate students to enrich their university experience through hands-on discovery and skill development in a research intensive university. Priority is given to interdisciplinary work.

Stipend details

  • $5000 to provide a stipend to an individual undergraduate researcher.
  • The stipend will be held for a period of four months full-time or up to 12 months part-time.
  • The project normally must commence within 60 days of being awarded the stipend.
  • Funds will be transferred from the URI to the student, in installments, over the duration of the project. Discontinued projects will receive partial funds pro-rated to the date of discontinuation.
  • Students must submit a brief report within 10 days of the completion of the project. Students are also strongly encouraged to present their work at an on-campus venue.
  • URI staff will contact students and supervisors periodically to see how their project is progressing. Students may also be contacted for media requests.

Deadline: March 1, 2016 (for projects beginning in May and September)

For more information, click HERE.

How to Get Started in Undergraduate Research

This session will cover all the basics of getting started with undergraduate research, 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: January 28, 2016
Time: 12:35 – 1:20 p.m.
Location: 1-031 CCIS (CCIS Career Centre)
Register here (Free!)

More Upcoming Seminars:

How to apply for undergraduate research funding: February 4, 2016
How to apply for undergraduate research funding : February 8, 2016 (evening session)
Talk Nerdy to Me: How to communicate with people from other disciplines: February 9, 2016

In the News

The Tragedy of the Canadian Common CV

An article by Jim Woodgett

How appropriate, considering the latest (and seemingly constant) woes faced by many in the Faculty of Nursing and beyond…

For a period of time, the [CCV] system scraped through and its peccadilloes were largely hidden within a cadre of prematurely aging administrative assistants and grant offices. But at no point, in my recall, did users applaud the CCV or wax lyrical about its existence. Why was this? Surely it simplified the process, reduced duplication, created efficiencies. No. No. No. Instead, the ability to change the data to be included in any CV seemingly intoxicated the agencies that mandated its use. The format continuously changed. New fields were added to extend the scope of activities to be recorded. A simple import of a publication would lead to error messages. While sales of hair dyes were increasing, the CCV started a descent into the darkness, aided in no short manner by one of its primary clients, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Click HERE to view the article.

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