2016 Research Day

Event recap: WCHRI Research Day 2016


Thank you for joining us!

The 2016 WCHRI Research Day was an outstanding success. WCHRI is proud of every single participant who contributed in making this day an unparalleled event for all our members, partners and stakeholders.

WCHRI has seen growing numbers each year at Research Day and 2016 was no exception with over 480 researchers, students and stakeholders networking, presenting and learning. If you weren’t able to attend, here is a quick recap. Pictures are also now posted

Thank you to Josie Hammond-Thrasher of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, community representative Janet Harvey, Robert Moyles of the University of Alberta and Lindsay Peddle of the Lois Hole Hospital for Women for their workshop “How to effectively communicate your research to media, funders, the public.”

Another thank you to Kathy Belton, PhD, David Johnson, PhD, and Ginetta Salvalaggio, MD for presenting “Designing audience specific KT materials.” Both rooms were packed to attend these very informing workshops.

Our 2016 keynote speaker, Stephen Matthews, PhD gave a comprehensive and informative talk on his research in the field of fetal programming; the protection mechanisms in the placenta and fetal blood-brain barrier; and, the environmental factors that can affect the fetus. An additional thank you to Professor Matthews for also presenting a workshop in the morning session on “Networking and building collaborations.”

Oral and poster presentations
The day continued with both morning and afternoon oral presentations and poster viewing sessions that highlighted our trainees’ progress and successes in children’s and women’s health research. Over 60 oral presenters shared diverse and inspiring research to interested attendees and judges.

The poster viewing sessions throughout the day continued to showcase the innovative research by WCHRI undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, professors, residents and subspecialty residents. WCHRI is immensely proud of the hard work represented on this day along with the participation of all stakeholders who were there to support, learn and help advance children’s and women’s health research.

Recognizing our partners
We were honoured to host many representatives from our funding partners — the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation, the University of Alberta and Alberta Health Services — in attendance. Many of our foundation attendees also acted as “shadows” visiting the poster presenters alongside the poster judges.

It was a fantastic and mutually beneficial experience for the foundations who partner and support WCHRI research to see the dedicated work of the trainees and for the trainees to be able to showcase and present their work back to the very foundations who fundraise to support their research.

The day was a great opportunity for us to share with our stakeholders and funders the tremendous value in having an Institute to provide broad support for such important research.
Celebrating a historic occasion
This was a very special Research Day for WCHRI as it also gave us a chance to celebrate our 10-year anniversary and a historic year.
Karen Faulkner, VP Fundraising Operations from the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation and Andrew Otway, President & CEO from the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation graciously reflected on the last ten years of WCHRI and how through the “power of partnership” we will continue to further the positive health outcomes of children and women for many years to come. Thank you Karen and Andrew for your very kind words.
The awards
The day wrapped up with a reception and awards for the presentations. Judging was not easy as the quality of the work presented was so exceptional; demonstrated by a couple of ties for first place! View our list of award winners.