February 19, 2016

Programs & Events

Teaching & Learning Moments Invites Faculty and Grad Students

A series on creating the optimal teaching and learning environment presents: Strategies for Student Engagement in the Nursing Simulation Centre

Azizah Sculley, PhD RN
Barbara Wilson Keates, PhD RN

Date: Friday, February 26, 2016
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location: ECHA 4-001

You are invited to the Faculty of Arts’ and KIAS’ joint 2016 Celebration of Research, titled “Thinking Communities.”  Please join us to hear how researchers in the Faculty of Arts and KIAS learn from, collaborate with and benefit the publics they serve.

The event will also be an opportunity to celebrate the visionary contributions of Drs. Peter and Doris Kule, the University’s major donors, who will be in attendance.

Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2015
Time: 3:30 p.m. Program | 4:30 p.m. Reception
Location: Timms Centre for the Arts

Building on the success of last year’s event, this year’s Celebration of Research will feature fast-paced, three-minute presentations from some of the most exciting researchers in the Faculty of Arts and KIAS (including researchers from the Faculties of Medicine and Education). The presentations will be followed by a musical performance by Blues singer Kat Danser, a doctoral student in Music and award-winning artist.

Read more about the event and presenters HERE.

Please click HERE to RSVP by February 25, 2016.

Join us for three days of engaging workshops, discussions, and networking at the Patient-Oriented Research Summer Institute, taking place May 2-4, 2016 in downtown Calgary.

Whether you are a researcher, patient, student, trainee, clinician, or policy maker, the institute is a key opportunity to learn more about the Alberta SPOR platforms and how you can access the valuable services they provide. It’s also a great opportunity to connect with other Albertans interested in improving health outcomes through patient-oriented research.

Click HERE for more information.

Date: May 2 – 4, 2016
Location: The Westin Calgary

For more information contact:
Patient-Oriented Research Summer Institute Secretariat
c/o BUKSA Associates Inc.
Phone: 780-436-0983 ext. 0
Email: PORSI@buksa.com
Patient Oriented Research Summer Institute website

Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions (AIHS) is developing local expertise for global competitiveness, along with our partners.  Growing demand around the world requires researchers and others to effectively measure impact and to demonstrate their contribution to broader health, social and economic benefits.  In response, we are pleased to announce the second provincial “hands-on” training course on how to put health research impact assessments into practice.  The course—which sold out last year—will take place in Banff from June 12-15, 2016.

Are you a researcher or someone who works in a policy or research setting?  Are you asked questions about impact?  Do you want to learn about impact measurement and how to tell your impact story to diverse audiences?  The course curriculum, which was developed through international collaborations, is taught by national and international experts from leading health research and innovation organizations.

More information about the course and registration will be available in the coming weeks.  In the meantime, please save the date and forward this email to others who may be interested in attending.

Add your name to our contact list to receive updates about this event: email us at ihria@aihealthsolutions.ca

Your competitive advantage awaits!

Important Announcements

Request for Proposal and Programme Design Consultant

Grand Challenges Canada is working with Social Finance and the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing to facilitate the scale up Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) in Cameroon. KMC is an evidence-based intervention for newborn health prioritized for scale-up in the Every Newborn Action Plan.  We are currently seeking applicants for two opportunities related to this effort.

Request for Proposal: Baseline Data Study of Newborns in Cameroonian Hospitals

This Request for Proposal (RFP) relates to the collection and analysis of health data among low birth weight and pre-term infants in as many as ~25 national and regional hospitals in Cameroon.  This data will act as a baseline to set credible neonatal outcome targets as part of a Development Impact Bond structure and to measure the success of a Kangaroo Mother Care scale-up program in Cameroon.

The transition-to-scale of Kangaroo Mother Care by Kangaroo Foundation Colombia and the parallel design of a Development Impact Bond by the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing and Social Finance Ltd are being funded by Grand Challenges Canada.  This Baseline Data Study is anticipated to begin late March 2016 and to be completed before November 2016.

Deadline for RFP: February 26, 2016

For more information and application instructions, review the Request for Proposal.

New RFP Opportunity for Research Priority Setting Process

TVN is holding an open competition for a Research Priority Setting Process service contract to determine patient-centred research priorities relating to health care of frail older Canadians. Research priorities will be developed in a fair and transparent way, with equal input from the perspectives of frail elderly Canadians and their family caregivers, and clinicians and allied health care professionals.

Canada’s population is aging, with the sharpest rise among Canadians 85 years and older. Close to 25% of Canadians over 65, and over half of those past 85 are medically frail, which means there will be well over two million Canadians within the next 20 years. Frailty and late life represent leading causes of misaligned health care resources, clinical practices, and care options because there is limited evidence on how to medically treat and care for older people who are frail. At the crux of this, is the fact that older seniors with multiple conditions want coordinated, person-centred care rather than to be treated as a collection of diseases treated separately.

About the Competition
The selected organization or research team will use a consultative process that effectively engages citizens while establishing research priorities, preferably using a process consistent with the James Lind Alliance (JLA) Protocol to establish research priorities.

This Research Priority Setting Process will bring patients and clinicians together to identify uncertainties about medical care management (i.e., diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment) relating to health care of frail older Canadians, across the spectrum of care settings, including those at end of life. Participants will agree by consensus a prioritized list of ten (10) to fifteen (15) unanswered questions regarding medical care management.

The research priority setting process should be completed within 12 months from the signing of the contract, with a maximum budget of $50,000 plus funding for a final face-to-face meeting.

A Request for Proposals and Proposal Application are available HERE.

Proposals may be submitted via email to apply@tvn-nce.ca before 12 noon ET on Monday, March 7, 2016.

Attention (Undergraduate) Students

Undergraduate Research Initiative

Work on your URI Stipend Application

Deadline: Tuesday, March 1, 2016

With the URI Undergraduate Researcher Stipend deadline just a couple weeks away, here are a few tips to help you strengthen your application:

Write for an interdisciplinary audience: The URI Stipend is adjudicated by an interdisciplinary committee of faculty and students. It’s likely that your application will be reviewed by people outside of your discipline — and they can’t love it if they don’t understand it! Remember, it’s not about “dumbing it down” for your audience; it’s about translating your story into more familiar language.

Write it yourself: The URI Stipend is a very student-focused application, and that means we want to hear from you, the student. It’s fine to consult with your supervisor and get help developing your proposal, (and they’ll need to answer a few supervisor-specific questions on the application form), but the proposal itself must be written by the student.

Write about your skill development: One of the key criteria for the URI Stipend is the impact of the project on the student’s skill development. Be sure to tell us about that — try to be specific. This is one area where it’s okay to get personal: what skills will you develop and how might they help you advance your professional goals? How will the research help you go beyond what you’re learning in your classes? What value will it add to your undergraduate experience?

Get feedback from more than one source: Your supervisor is your best source of feedback about the technical aspects of your project design & methods, and they’ll likely have a wealth of background information to help you put your research in context. But you’ll also want to get feedback on your application from someone less familiar with your project, preferably someone outside of your discipline. They can help you identify any disciplinary “blind-spots” — areas that might be clear to you but not so clear to someone outside of your discipline. The URI also offers individual consultations leading up to the deadline to answer questions and provide feedback to stipend applicants — we’re here to help you!

If at first you don’t succeed, get feedback from URI: If you have applied for a URI stipend in the past and weren’t successful, contact us for feedback. We can review your previous application and provide insight into how you might improve your proposal before you reapply.


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