Happy holidays from BC AHSN
Season’s greetings from all of us at the BC Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN)!
To close out 2017, we’re pleased to provide the following update from the BC AHSN organization, which includes the BC SUPPORT Unit and Clinical Trials BC.
Wishing you a healthy and restful holiday season and all the best for 2018.
- BC AHSN appoints Data Director
- Save the date: N2 webinar January 11
- BC AHSN to sponsor CHSPR conference participants
- Provincial conference brings community together
- BC Emergency Medicine Network in full swing
- One week left to register for SoCRA exam
We’re pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Kimberlyn McGrail in the newly-created position of BC AHSN Data Director through a secondment from the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia (UBC). This .6 FTE position is effective November 1, 2017, expanding on Kim’s role as Data Lead for the BC SUPPORT Unit.
As BC AHSN Data Director, Kim will develop and implement broad data- and analytics-related strategies that support BC SUPPORT Unit and BC AHSN goals. Her appointment reflects the fundamental importance of data and analytics across the BC AHSN organization and supports BC AHSN’s role in provincial efforts to make timely evidence available for decision making and healthcare transformation.
If you haven’t registered yet for free access to N2 Network of Networks, here’s your chance to learn about the wealth of online tools and content available to support your clinical research work. Our N2 webinar on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. will provide an overview and demo of the N2 portal and resources.
Clinical Trials BC’s provincial membership with N2 Network of Networks supports capacity building for clinical trials expertise. Funded through the BC SUPPORT Unit’s Training & Capacity Development initiative, the provincial membership offers access to valuable resources for BC-based clinical researchers such as CITI Canada’s updated Good Clinical Practice (GCP) course, which reflects new international regulations coming April 1, 2018.
Webinar details will be provided in January.
BC AHSN has confirmed its support as a participant sponsor for next year’s policy conference hosted by UBC’s Centre for Health Services and Policy Research (CHSPR). Titled The System Awakens: Building Learning Healthcare Systems in Canada, CHSPR’s 2018 conference will help create common language and understanding around learning health systems, in which research influences practice and practice influences research.
BC AHSN sponsorship will fund 20 participants working in BC’s health system to attend the conference. The objective of this sponsorship is to contribute to the development of a community of providers, decision makers and policy makers who are interested in working together to achieve learning health system objectives.
Details will be available in the new year on how to apply for a BC AHSN-sponsored spot at the CHSPR conference.
BC AHSN would like to acknowledge the enthusiastic response to the BC SUPPORT Unit’s inaugural provincial conference on November 9th in Vancouver. A total of 292 people attended Putting Patients First: Partnerships for Better Health Research, representing patients interested in patient-oriented research (POR), health researchers, health care providers and health care decision makers.
A full day of programming enabled participants to experience and share diverse perspectives about POR and collaboratively help shape and strengthen the provincial patient-oriented research network in BC.
Many participants voiced their experiences on social media, which resulted in the conference’s #PPF17 hashtag trending in Vancouver and ranking as the third most popular in Canada during the conference’s morning sessions. “It has taken me a while to find my people in BC. But today I found a whole room of them,” tweeted Skye Barbic, Assistant Professor in the UBC Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.
Special thanks go to the BC SUPPORT Unit’s funders, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the British Columbia Ministry of Health, and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, partners, stakeholders and all attendees for their part in making the BC SUPPORT Unit’s inaugural conference a success.
For event highlights, please visit the conference photo album.
The BC Emergency Medicine Network is a provincial initiative supported by the BC AHSN organization to improve emergency care in British Columbia by supporting and connecting emergency practitioners across BC. Following its official launch in mid-September, the Network has already seen more than 406 physician members from around the province register on its new web platform.
This fall has been a time of active engagement with emergency practitioners, Network members and partners. The Network has participated in the annual St. Paul’s Emergency Medicine Update Conference and the BC SUPPORT Unit conference, and presented to the BC AHSN board and the Rural Coordinating Centre of BC Executive. The Network will soon be launching a new committee for its Clinical Resources program and adding two new patient partners to the team.
The strength of the BC Emergency Medicine Network lies in the engagement and contributions of emergency practitioners in all communities in BC, and the new year promises a continued focus on growing and listening to the needs of the EM community. For further information on the Network, please contact Jim Christenson, Network Executive Lead at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spaces are still available for the December 22 registration deadline for certification from the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA). Clinical Trials BC is offering reimbursement of 80% of the SoCRA certification exam fee for up to 25 clinical research professionals at BC-based academic research sites. The examination will take place on February 2, 2018 in Vancouver. Learn more.