Patient-Oriented Research Summer Institute

Summer Institute 2020 

May 11–13, 2020

Mark your calendar for our 2020 Summer Institute conference that will take place in Calgary.

Each year we have researchers, patients, clinicians, students, policymakers and more, gather to share insights, connect with colleagues and promote patient-oriented research. In 2020, we’re working together to explore, evaluate and share the impact and opportunities of patient-oriented research.

Join us for:

  • an outstanding line-up of engaging speakers
  • workshops on patient-oriented research topics
  • networking opportunities with colleagues
  • capacity building opportunities for patient-oriented research

Presentations and videos from this year’s Summer Institute can be viewed by following this link.

Thank you to everyone who joined us as the Summer Institute 2019 – Impact and Opportunities. This event delivered once again on its theme of connecting, engaging and capacity-building. The three-day conference  where close to 200 researchers, patients, clinicians, students, policymakers and more, gathered to share insights, connect with colleagues and promote patient-oriented research.

Below are some of the highlights from this year’s event.


The AbSPORU Story

Summer Institute 2019 opened with a special presentation by AbSPORU leaders Mr. Tim Murphy, Dr. Marilynne Herbert and Dr. Lisa Hartling, who talked about AbSPORU’s journey.


Making a Real Impact

We heard how the Addiction Recovery Community Health (ARCH) Clinic at the Royal Alexandra Hospital is positivley impacting the lives of cummunity members and clinicians.


Sickboy Podcast

We laughed (and cried) as Jeremie, Brian and Taylor talked about their journey storytellers.


Another successful Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit Summer Institute has ended providing keys for collaboration between patients, researchers, clinicians, students and more as they shared knowledge of patient-oriented research. The Summer Institute is a catalyst for new ideas and collaboration among participants who bring their enthusiasm and interest for patient-oriented research” said Marilynne Hebert, Co-lead, Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit Career Development Platform. Last year’s conference sparked the idea for the new patient-oriented collection at CMAJ Open and we expect that this year’s conference sparked new ideas and connections as well.


More information about the Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit:

The Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit is jointly funded by Alberta Innovates and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.