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 - May 16, 2018 -
Provincial Conference | Save the date! "Tools for patient-oriented research" pre-conference workshop to be held on October 3rd

Given the increasing impetus for patient-oriented research, and the increasing number of requests from health care researchers for resources to support patient engagement on research teams, the BC SUPPORT Unit is offering a half-day in-person workshop on October 3rd, 2018, which will precede the full-day conference held on the following day at the same location. 
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Upcoming Events | Unit's Fraser Centre hosting inaugural public sessions at Fraser Health's Research Week

The 13th Annual Fraser Health Research Week will feature something new – two workshops, open to the public for the very first time. Both are hosted by the BC SUPPORT Unit Fraser Centre.

The first Fraser Centre workshop (June 8th, 2018) will explore the topic of patient engagement. Presenters (comprising of patients, clinicians, researchers, and patient engagement experts), will provide tips, tools, and learning opportunities to build capacity for patient engagement across stakeholders, including clinicians, researchers, decision makers, and the public.

The second workshop (June 14th, 2018) will explore the topic of implementing research evidence and putting evidence into practice. Anyone interested in supporting evidence-informed health care and policy will want to attend this workshop to jump start their next implementation project.

A general Keynote Day, also open to the public, will be held on June 13th. The keynote speaker, Heather Davidson (Assistant Deputy Minister, B.C. Ministry of Health and a BC SUPPORT Unit stakeholder), will address BC’s new strategy for research and knowledge management. 

All events are free. Register for all sessions by clicking the button below.
Register for Research Week
Upcoming Events | Unit's Interior Centre co-hosts Building Intersections conference in Nelson

Building Intersections is a bi-annual conference. It is a gathering place for inter-professional learning, networking, and partnership building. The conference features leading research and knowledge translation innovations and attracts provincial and national interest across a wide range of disciplines and sectors. Our uniquely interactive and creative program sparks partnerships and enables dialogue, learning, networking, and exchange.

The event is hosted by the Interior Health Research Department in partnership with the Rural Health Services Research Network of BC with collaboration among others in Interior Health, other health authorities with a rural-remote geography, academic institutions, community organizations, and professional bodies. This conference is for communities, academics and professionals, municipalities, civil society organizations, and private organizations who are interested in cross-sector transdisciplinary intersections for rural health.
Learn more about Building Intersections
Demonstration Projects | BC Health Research Connection Project updates stakeholders

Since our last update, the BC Health Research Connection Project, a demonstration project of the BC SUPPORT Unit, has been busy with the continued development of their provincial platform, including working on a renewed website and continuing community engagement.

Most recently, team members, in collaboration with staff members of the BC SUPPORT Unit Interior Centre, met with the Ktunaxa Nation Elders at the Aboriginal Gathering Place, College of the Rockies in Cranbrook (photo above). The purpose of the meeting was to provide information about the project and seek feedback from group regarding the project’s objectives and processes. 
Read the project's latest update
SPOR Updates | SPOR Evidence Alliance launches new website

The SPOR Evidence Alliance is a Canada-wide alliance of researchers, health care providers, patients, policy makers and organizations who use research to inform decisions. The alliance was established to provide national-level support in knowledge synthesis, clinical practice guidelines development, knowledge translation, and patient-oriented research. 

Recently, the Alliance announced the launch of a new website. With this launch, the Alliance is now accepting research queries from policy-makers, health system managers, health care providers, patients, and other knowledge users from across Canada, in both English and French.
"We are incredibly excited to have our website go live and look forward to serving the knowledge needs of decision-makers across Canada," the Alliance wrote in their latest newsletter.

Visit the new site
Research | Survey: Add your thoughts

Survey closing soon! The PREFeR (PRioritiEs For Research) Project invites all patients and primary care providers in BC to rate the top 10 topics identified by the BC-PHCRN Patient Advisory. The more patients and providers who express their views, the better understanding we will have of the priorities for different people in different parts of BC. If you would like to help shape future research about primary health care in BC, please complete the 5-10 minute survey.

BC patients: Complete the short online survey (5-10 minutes) on what primary health care topics are important to you at:

Completing the survey by telephone is an option (takes 30-40 minutes); email ( or phone (604-875-4111, extension 67241) Louisa Edwards (Research Fellow, Simon Fraser University) to arrange a convenient time.

BC primary care providers: Complete the short online survey (5-10 minutes) on what primary health care topics are important to you at:

BC researchers: Let us know if you're working on a project related to any of these primary care topics at

Read about the study
Methods Clusters Corner | Your latest updates about the science of patient-oriented research in BC

Patient Engagement Methods Cluster
We welcome your thoughts on the theme/subthemes, identified from stakeholder consultations, for projects to be undertaken. (Details:

Health Economics and Simulation Modelling Methods Cluster (HESM)
The updated list of projects is moving forward. (Details:
Contact the Methods Cluster KT Specialist
Training Opportunities

POINTERS (BC SUPPORT Unit Webinar Series)
  • Stay informed about upcoming webinars on our Training Opportunities page. Recordings of all webinars are available on our Recordings page.
  • DaSHI Methods Cluster Update
    June 1, 2018 | 12:00pm
    Presented by: Leanne Currie, Methods Cluster Lead
  • Real-World Clinical Trials Methods Cluster Update
    June 8, 2018 | 12:00pm
    Presented by: Hubert Wong, Methods Cluster Lead
  • Knowledge Translation/Implementation Science Methods Cluster Update 
    June 15, 2018 | 12:00pm 
    Presented by: Linda Li, Methods Cluster Lead
  • Health Economics and Simulation Modelling Methods Cluster Update 
    June 22, 2018 | 12:00pm
    Presented by: David Whitehurst and Nick Bansback, Methods Cluster Co-Leads 
Other Webinars and Online Courses
  In-Person Conferences, Training, and Events 
    Know of other training opportunities? Please let us know
Funding Opportunities
BC SUPPORT (Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials) Unit:
Part of Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR)
led by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the 
BC Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN).
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