Are you interested in conducting research at the Lois Hole Hospital for Women?

Resources at the Dale Sheard Centre for Solutions in Women’s Health support research in women’s health at the Lois Hole Hospital for Women—facilitating multidisciplinary collaboration, building capacity and serving as the bedrock of research excellence for all ages and stages of women’s lives.

The research centre has been made available through the vision and generosity of the partnership between, and donations from, Alberta Health Services, the University of Alberta and the Alberta Women’s Health Foundation. The intention is to have this centre available for all women’s and maternal health research and children’s health research at the Lois Hole Hospital for Women.

Activities in the centre:

  • support research coordinators, investigators, clinicians, patients and their families as they carry out various studies;
  • allow for integration and increased collaboration of clinical and translational research currently underway in the hospital; and,
  • facilitate and expedite enrolment and follow-up for research studies and clinical trials.

Once a research study has institutional ethics and operational approval you will have the following research support:

  • Scheduling and room booking.
  • Facilitating access to research training programs (e.g. Good Clinical Practice).
  • Providing access to on-site research coordinators for assistance with:
    • participant recruitment, evaluation/consent and intervention/treatment
    • sample/specimen collection and treatment
    • outcome measurements
    • follow-up interviews with participants or guardians, and health care workers
    • chart review
    • extracting data from electronic records
    • focus groups
    • community or educational interviews
    • facilitating weekend and/or after-hours access if needed

Research spaces available:

  • Interview rooms (three)
  • Examination rooms (four)
  • Touchdown medication storage and prep room
  • Laboratory specimen collection room
  • Meeting room with telehealth and AV capabilities
  • Portable telehealth capability in all rooms
  • File room for temporary file storage
  • Equipment nook with locked gate access
  • COVID-19 standard operations procedures in place

AHS guidelines for researchers

If you plan to do research at the centre, please review the women’s health guidelines for researchers.

Additional reference information

For further information

If you need help developing, promoting and supporting your clinical research team, please contact WCHRI’s clinical research program lead, women’s health, Laura Reyes Martinez

For questions about accessing the research centre, please contact Shauna Littlefair, team lead of women’s health research.

To book a space, please submit this form.