2017 Research Day

Event recap: WCHRI Research Day 2017

Thank you for joining us!

WCHRI Research Day 2017 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 2017 was no exception with over 520 researchers, students and stakeholders networking, presenting and learning.

We were excited to introduce social media into Research Day this year as well. Thank you to those who engaged with us on Twitter using #wchriRD2017. This hashtag even trended in Edmonton! Take a look at some of our social media highlights from the day.

If you weren’t able to attend, here is a quick recap.


Thank you to Christian Beaulieu, Rhonda Bell, Joel Dacks and Lonnie Zwaigenbaum for their workshop “The road to successful grant funding: Tips for trainees and junior faculty in basic and translational research programs.”

Another thank you to Bethan Kingsley, Jocelyn Shulhan, Tasneem Siyam and Lisa Tink for presenting “Politics, ethics and relationships: Personal experiences with engaged health.”

Both presentations were highly engaging and informative. We were pleased to see that the rooms were completely full as well.

Our 2017 keynote speaker, Andreas Laupacis provided us with powerful reminders that patients are people first, with a talk titled “Why is an evidence-based guy like me telling health care stories?” Professor Laupacis shared examples from his website http://www.facesofhealthcare.ca that highlighted the importance of stories and the integration of quantitative and qualitative evidence within health care. Professor Laupacis also presented an excellent  workshop in the morning session: “How can researchers and policymakers truly communicate with each other?”

Oral and poster presentations

The day was filled 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.

WCHRI is immensely proud of the hard work represented on this day. We were thrilled with the engaged participation of the stakeholders who were there to support, learn and help advance children’s and women’s health research.

Thank you to our partners

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.

It was a fantastic and mutually beneficial experience for our partners to see the dedicated work of our trainees, and for our trainees to present their work back to the very Foundations that fundraise in support their research.

Mike House, president & CEO of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation and Andrew Otway, president & CEO of the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation graciously reflected on how the “power of partnership” will continue to further positive health outcomes of children and women for many years to come. Thank you, Mike and Andrew for your very kind words.

The day wrapped up with a very lively reception. 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.