AbSPORU Virtual Institute 2020

Each year, we bring together researchers, patients, clinicians, students, policymakers and more, to share insights, connect with colleagues and promote patient-oriented research. In 2020, we’re working together to explore patient-oriented research and transforming health systems.

Typically held in-person each summer, for 2020 we are moving online to bring you a Virtual Institute on patient-oriented research this fall! Find more information about the AbSPORU Virtual Institute 2020 below and in the Events Calendar.

Our Virtual Institute 2020 will feature a weekly series of interactive webinars, digital posters and video presentations, networking meet-ups, and more!  Join us for exciting capacity-building opportunities and an outstanding line-up of speakers on patient-oriented research topics.

Find excerpts from our in-person AbSPORU Summer Institute 2019 in the Resource Library.


Oct 13 | Special Session:

Oct 20-Nov 18 | MAIN AGENDA: Presentations & Networking:

  • Every Tuesday, 12:00-1:00pm MST | Concurrent Interactive Webinars
  • Every Friday, 12:00-1:00pm MST | Virtual Networking Meet-ups
  • Oct 20 & 27, 2:00-3:15pm MST | Studentship Awardee Presentations
  • Nov 10, 2:00-3:00pm MST | Highlighted Abstracts Virtual Q&A
  • Oct 20-Nov18 | Abstracts: Digital Poster & Short Video Presentations

Nov 20 | Special Session:

  • “Sustainability in POR” Panel Presentation. Facilitated by Dr. Rachel Flynn. Panelists: Dr. Karen Benzies and Ms. Jeanna Morrissey.


More details

Registration will open on August 4, 2020.

Register here.

Submission Deadline: August 21, 2020, 11:59 PM MST

You are invited to submit abstracts for poster presentation or short (3-minute) video presentation at the POR Virtual Institute 2020. A limited number of abstracts will be selected for longer (7-minute) highlighted video presentation.

Research Themes
We are interested in presentations that are related to patient-oriented research and provide insights for the following themes:

  • Innovative methods in knowledge synthesis, knowledge translation and/or implementation science
  • Innovative patient-oriented research techniques in clinical trials
  • Leveraging Alberta’s provincial data resources for patient-oriented research
  • Practical approaches to meaningfully engage patients in health research
  • Innovative methods for conducting patient-oriented research

We invite you to become a partner in patient-oriented research and in creating a successful Virtual Institute 2020!

For your contribution of $500 or more, you will receive digital branding on the Virtual Institute materials, a banner ad and sponsor profile on the virtual event platform, and opportunities for virtual networking.

If you would like to become a partner for our POR Virtual Institute 2020, please email us!