Why be part of a study?
Participating in a research study may
help you and many other people.
You may gain access to new
treatments before they are available
to the public or made part of standard
Being part of a research study gives you
a more active role in your healthcare.
You can be involved as a patient or a
family adviser. Sharing your experience
and expertise with researchers helps
Research projects at AHS facilities
meet strict ethics requirements and
privacy regulations. This ensures that
if you’re part of a study, your personal
health information is protected and
From emergency departments to
continuing care centres, healthcare
workers are often testing new treatments
and technologies. They also work on
research studies to prevent and cure
illnesses and disease. That’s why you
may be asked to be part of a research
study when you visit an Alberta Health
Services facility. Whether you take part
or not, you will always receive the best
When you participate, you become a
member of a team working to improve
healthcare for all Albertans.
Find out more at ahs.ca/
ParticipateResearch or find a study that is
right for you at bethecure.ca.
Alberta Health Services research
hospitals in Edmonton and Calgary
have made the list of a national top 40
ranking, for the third consecutive year.
Edmonton Zone hospitals and Calgary
Zone hospitals ranked 16th and 23rd,
respectively. Overall, the research taking
place in AHS facilities remains valued at
roughly the same this year as last—
The rankings were recently released
by Research Infosource, a consulting,
research and publishing firm that also
publishes rankings on research colleges
“Rankings like these serve as a rough
benchmark for where we sit nationally,
but ultimately it’s less about the research
money, and more about the research
that’s being done with the money,” says
Dr. Kathryn Todd, the vice president of
System Innovations and Programs at AHS.
“Whether it’s related to cancer or
cardiovascular health, neuroscience
or nephrology, AHS supports world-
class researchers across the healthcare
continuum in their efforts to improve
Every year, AHS supports thousands
of new and ongoing studies that use
AHS facilities, patients and systems.
Last year alone, research ethics boards in
Alberta approved more than 1,400 new
studies requiring AHS involvement.
Edmonton Zone research hospitals
include the University of Alberta
Hospital, the Stollery Children’s
Hospital, the Royal Alexandra Hospital,
the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital,
the Cross Cancer Institute and the
Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute.
Calgary Zone’s primary research
hospitals include the Foothills Medical
Centre, the Alberta Children’s Hospital
and the Tom Baker Cancer Centre.
Research also takes place at the Peter
Lougheed Centre, South Health Campus
and Rockyview General Hospital. |a
make Top 40
WRITTEN BY GREG HARRIS
Helping advance patient care
by the numbers
In 2017, Alberta Health Services had:
•;4,400;active clinical research
studies (which can take the form
of a survey, a physical test or a
highly regulated clinical trial)
•;1,078 new patients enrolled in
cancer clinical trials.