2021 SPOR Northwest Virtual Institute

Evolution and adaptation in patient-oriented research: Infectious ideas for a changing world

Every Friday in October

Join the Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit (AbSPORU) and our SPOR-funded partners including the BC SUPPORT Unit, Can-SOLVE CKD Network, Hotıì ts’eeda (Northwest Territories SPOR SUPPORT Unit), Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research, and George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation (Manitoba SPOR SUPPORT Unit), as we host northwestern Canada’s top experts to discuss the biggest issues and latest developments in patient oriented research.

Register today secure your spot.


Friday, October 1:

  • 10:00am-12:00pm MT – Opening plenary: The power of learning health systems to transform the patient experience – (Moderator: The Globe & Mail’s André Picard)
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm MT – Virtual networking session
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm MT – AbSPORU Studentships Competition information session

Friday, October 8:

  • 10:00am-12:00pm MT – Concurrent workshops
    • Art of allyship
    • Trauma-informed patient engagement
    • TBD
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm MT – Highlighted oral abstract presentations

Friday, October 15:

  • 10:00am-12:00pm MT – Concurrent workshops
    • Living the “P” in long-term care patient-oriented research
    • Digital Storytelling (DST) as a novel approach to understanding quality of life from the patient perspective
    • Land acknowledgements
  • 11:00am-12:00pm MT – Concurrent workshop
    • Supporting Each Other’s Journey: Land Acknowledgment Learning Series Panel
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm MT – Virtual poster hall round table session
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm MT – SATELLITE EVENT: AbSPORU Studentships Competition information session

Friday, October 22:

  • 10:00am-12:00pm MT – Concurrent workshops
    • Practical steps to incorporate implementation outcomes into your health service quality evaluations
    • Social determinants of Indigenous health
  • 11:00am-12:00pm MT – Concurrent workshops
    • UNDRIP (United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples)
    • Evaluating patient-oriented research: A workshop for patient-partners
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm MT – AbSPORU Studentship awardee research showcase

Friday, October 29:

  • 10:00am-11:00am MT – Concurrent workshop
    • Advanced computing opportunities with health data in Alberta and BC
  • 10:00am-12:00pm MT – Concurrent workshops
    • Making sense of sensemaking:  The critical sensemaking approach
    • Options and considerations to establishing a patient advisory council for research projects
  • 11:00am-12:00pm MT – Concurrent workshop
    • Come join us on a journey through patient-oriented COVID-19 research in BC
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm MT – Closing plenary – Patient-oriented research: Where do we go from here?

About the Institute

Each year, AbSPORU brings together our community of researchers, patients, clinicians, students, policymakers and more, to share insights, connect with colleagues and promote patient-oriented research.

This year AbSPORU is partnering with SPOR networks across western Canada and the Northwest Territories to bring you the SPOR Northwest Virtual Institute. This virtual event builds on last year’s first Virtual Institute and will feature interactive presentations and workshops, posters presentations and oral abstracts, networking meet-ups and more throughout the month of October.

Join us every Friday in October for exciting capacity-building opportunities and an outstanding line-up of speakers on patient-oriented research topics.

Stay tuned for more event details!

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If you would like to become a partner for our 2021 POR Institute, please email us!

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