WCHRI Discovery and Translational Research Workshop: Session 4 – An introduction to Quality Management Systems

Monday, May 27, 2024 — 3:00pm to 4:30pm
5/27/2024 3:00 pm America/Edmonton 5/27/2024 4:30 pm WCHRI Discovery and Translational Research Workshop: Session 4 – An introduction to Quality Management Systems A 4-session series that covers responsible conduct, documentation, standardization, and Quality Management Systems. ECHA 2-430


The translation of discoveries into new clinical therapies is a multi-step process that requires careful planning and rigor at all stages. Valid and secure research records are critical for demonstrating data quality and integrity throughout the research life cycle and for establishing the robust experimental evidence necessary for successful clinical or commercial translation.

Recent concerns in the reproducibility of published experimental observations are fueling the adoption of standardized best practices within the laboratory that improve the reliability of experimental observations by harmonizing the way research is conducted and recorded.

Accurate and traceable research records are the foundation of all research activities because they enable transparency, troubleshooting, and reproducibility, while also supporting the most defensible interpretation of experimental outputs. Reliable research records also support collaboration and data sharing while reducing experimental waste.


This workshop will be facilitated by Gayle Piat, Director, Alberta Cell Therapy Manufacturing (ACTM) at the University of Alberta. Gayle has extensive experience and knowledge of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and is interested in supporting discovery labs to improve their documentation and data management practices in order to facilitate future clinical translation. Gayle has facilitated similar workshops for other organizations, including the Stem Cell Network and BioCanRx. 


This is a 4-session in-person training workshop that will provide attendees with foundational knowledge in research data and record management best practices.  

  • April 15, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. - Session 1: Supporting the responsible conduct of research and the ability to store, find and reuse research data
  • April 29, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. - Session 2:  Data collection and documentation
  • May 13, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. - Session 3: Standardizing processes for administrative and technical activities
  • May 27, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. - Session 4: An introduction to Quality Management Systems

All sessions will be in ECHA (room TBD)

Space for the workshop is limited. If we receive more registrations than we can accommodate,  priority will be given to labs whose overall research program is highly relevant to WCHRI, labs whose work is in the clinical/translational space, and to labs that are led by early career researchers. Additional workshop dates may be offered if there is strong interest from WCHRI members.

Eligibility and Participation

The workshop is open to current WCHRI academic members and their lab teams. In order to be useful, it requires participation from the lab supervisor (ie. WCHRI academic member) along with their lab manager and/or senior trainees (at a minimum). Ideally, all lab team members will be able to participate in order to maximize learning and implement data management processes as a team. Participants should be prepared to attend all of the workshop sessions as the sessions build upon one another and there is homework to be done in between sessions.

To acknowledge the effort and participation of participants, individuals who complete all the workshop sessions will be eligible for a certificate of completion at the end of the course.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will:

  • Understand how effective data and record management supports responsible conduct of research and increases the ability to store, find and reuse research data. [Session 1]
  • Understand how to adopt methodologies that reflect best practices in research data and record management. [Session 2]
  • Have a working knowledge of good documentation practices and their implementation in the laboratory to support their need to demonstrate effective research data management and risk management strategies. [Session 2]
  • Understand how data quality and data integrity are assured and demonstrated. [Session 2]
  • Understand which processes (both administrative and technical) can be standardized [Session 3]
  • Understand how to write effective Standard Operating Procedures [Session 4]
  • Be introduced to the use of Research Quality Management Systems as an effective strategy for maintaining and monitoring data quality and integrity. [Session 4]
  • Be aware of the available data and quality management resources that will further support deployment of these approaches in their own laboratory. [Session 4]
  • Understand how effective research data management processes can be applied to meet the principles and expectations of granting agencies that promote and support research in Canada. [Session 4]


If your lab is interested in participating in this workshop, please complete the following registration form (one form per lab) by end of day on April 8, 2024.

More information

If you would like more information about this workshop, please contact Tanya Voth (tanya.voth@ualberta.ca), WCHRI Program Director