Research Day 2018 recap

Thank you for joining us!

WCHRI Research Day 2018 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 2018 was no exception with over 550 researchers, students and stakeholders networking, presenting and learning.
Thank you to those who engaged with us on Twitter using #wchriRD2018. This hashtag even trended in Edmonton!
If you weren’t able to attend, here is a quick recap.


Thank you to Rhiannon Adams, Kathryn Graham, Eric Loo and Dory Sample for their workshop “Non-academic career trajectories for trainees.”
Another thank you to William Craig, Gonzalo Garcia Guerra, Hien Huynh and Andrew Mackie for presenting “Building research capacity in the hospital environment: Challenges and successes.”
A third thank you to Todd Alexander, Sarah Forgie, Lisa Hornberger, Bodil Larsen, Joan Robinson, Jane Schulz and Shannon Scott for presenting the resident workshop on “Different career paths in academic healthcare: A chance for clinical trainees to discuss the options.”
Our 2018 keynote speaker, Stephanie Atkinson demonstrated how environmental exposures during critical periods in both prenatal and postnatal development can influence adult heath. Professor Atkinson also shared the richness and breadth of research data available through the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) database. Atkinson also presented an excellent workshop in the morning session: “Mentoring matters: Why seeking mentorship and being a mentor are important to research success.” We gratefully acknowledge her engagement and participation in making our Research Day a success.

Oral and poster presentations

We were honoured to host many representatives from our partners: the University of Alberta, Alberta Health Services, the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation. We were excited to host the Lois Hole Hospital Women's Society as well!
It was a fantastic and mutually beneficial experience for our partners to see first-hand the dedicated work of our trainees, and for our trainees to present their work back to the very Foundation members who fundraise in support of their research.
Mike House, president & CEO from the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation and Andrew Otway, president & CEO from the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation graciously reinforced their commitment to supporting the research goals and extraordinary talent of our next generation of researchers pushing the limits of modern science! Thank you, Mike and Andrew for your very kind words.
The day wrapped up with a very lively reception and a new “Ask the expert” networking activity. By the look of the number of you who participated, it looks like it was a big success!
The executive director and associate director of WCHRI (Sandy Davidge and Lawrence Richer) were thrilled to announce the awards for the winners of the oral and poster presentations. Judging was not easy as the quality of the work presented was so exceptional! View our list of award winners.