The BC Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN) is pleased to provide the following update on current activities within the BC AHSN organization, which includes Clinical Trials BC and the BC SUPPORT Unit.
Our update on activities for the month of January includes:
- Reminder: N2 member benefits webinar February 1
- Don’t delay! Apply for a sponsored spot at CHSPR’s annual conference
- Provincial REDCap membership supports research data collection and management
- Clinical Research Participation Survey begins next phase
- BC Emergency Medicine Network publishes on innovative provincial approach
- Congratulations to 2018 P2P Award recipients
Get the most out of your free access to N2 Network of Networks through Clinical Trials BC’s provincial membership!
Join Erin Cherban, (CHEOS, N2) and Dawn Richards (N2) on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 1:00-2:00pm as they provide an overview of the wealth of online tools and content available through N2 to support clinical research, plus suggested ways to access.
This Clinical Trials BC initiative is made possible through a provincial membership agreement with the BC Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN), with funding from the BC SUPPORT Unit’s Training & Capacity Development initiative.
There’s still time to submit your expression of interest (EOI) for free registration to the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research (CHSPR) annual conference March 8 & 9 in Vancouver. BC AHSN is sponsoring registration costs for up to 20 health sector partners (care providers, decision- and policy-makers and other staff).
The deadline to submit an EOI is February 9, and all applicants will be contacted soon afterwards. For those applicants who apply and are not selected, the conference organizers have agreed to extend the early bird registration pricing.
If you’re interested in this opportunity as a health sector partner, please fill out this short Expression of Interest form. We also encourage you to share this information with others in your network.
REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) – a secure, sophisticated web application for building and managing online surveys and databases – is now available for health researchers in BC.
This service for has been acquired through a provincial license with BC AHSN and funded through the BC SUPPORT Unit. Under our agreement with REDCap, any Research Ethics Board (REB)-approved research project is eligible for REDCap access and support through PopData BC, including:
- Access free-of-charge for projects that meet the definition of patient-oriented research;
- Affordable access for non-patient-oriented research projects.
See PopData BC’s REDCap page for more information and to access intake forms.
Offered through a partnership between the BC Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN) and the BC SUPPORT Unit, BC Children’s Hospital, the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation (C2E2), Island Health and Population Data BC.
Clinical Trials BC continues to support the national Clinical Research Participation Survey, an initiative to learn more from patients and the public about their clinical trial experience, especially people who have declined to participate in a clinical study. The survey attracted 1,000 respondents from across the country.
This initiative aligns with Clinical Trials BC’s strategic priority to optimize British Columbians’ participation in clinical trials by helping to remove barriers to participation. As part of the project’s next phase, Clinical Trials BC will be engaging locally with BC researchers to share and validate the findings, beginning with a workshop in Victoria on March 2, co-hosted with Island Health Research.
The BC Emergency Medicine Network (BC EM Network) recently published its first journal article documenting its goals and early development in improving emergency care in British Columbia by supporting and connecting emergency practitioners across BC.
Entitled, “The British Columbia Emergency Medicine Network: A Paradigm Shift in a Provincial System of Emergency Care,” the article is available online through Cureus, an open-access medical journal. Read the article (PDF).
BC AHSN supports the BC EM Network, including through BC SUPPORT Unit demonstration project funding.
The BC SUPPORT Unit has announced the five successful research teams for its inaugural P2P (Pathway to Patient-Oriented Research) Awards, designed to build and strengthen capacity for patient-oriented research in BC. The awards provide up to $20,000 to support BC-based teams in answering questions specifically related to the feasibility or piloting of future patient-oriented research projects.
Awards program offered in partnership with the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, which provided expertise in program development and award administration services.