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Changes are Coming: If you work in clinical research, you need to know what these changes are!

Changes are coming! If you work in clinical drug trials, you need to know what these changes are!

On April 1, 2018, Health Canada will adopt the first update to the International Council on Harmonisation Good Clinical Practice guideline (ICH GCP E6 R2) into Canadian law. With this change, PHCRI is adopting mandatory clinical research staff training to ensure that clinical research at PHC is conducted in accordance with the training requirements that come into effect April 1st. Come learn about the new requirements and how to access the free training and Standard Operating Procedures that are being provided to personnel conducting clinical research at PHC.

In addition, practical tips about Health Canada’s interpretation of the new changes will be presented to ensure that you are compliant in your own clinical research studies.

The presentation will take place from 4:00-5:00 PM followed by questions, snacks, and networking until 5:30.

Click here to download an event poster.

Light refreshments will be provided, please RSVP here if you will be attending. SOCRA/ACRP credits are available, CME credits are pending confirmation.

Upcoming Events

Quality Forum 2018: People-Power Improvement
Feb 21 – Feb 23 all-day

The Quality Forum is BC Patient Safety & Quality Council’s annual three-day conference. The first day hosts full-day sessions that “dive deep” into timely topics, as well as our evening Health Talks event. The following two days feature the Quality Forum’s main programming: plenary speakers, presentations and interactive workshops on topics related to improving quality across the continuum of care. It is a great opportunity to learn new skills and strategies, discuss opportunities and challenges, and network with others interested in improving health care in British Columbia.

Quality Forum 2018: People-Powered Improvement
Feb 21 – Feb 23 all-day

The Quality Forum is an annual event that brings together hundreds of people who are passionate about improving the quality of health care to learn, connect and share their work with each other. Presentations from participants are a central part of the Quality Forum – this is your chance to tell everyone about your big ideas, success stories and lessons learned from your work! Presentation abstracts for Quality Forum 2018 are due September 8, 2017.

Organized by the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council, Quality Forum 2018 will take place February 21- 23, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver. Over 1,200 people are expected to attend, representing diverse perspectives in the health care system—from physicians, pharmacists and nurses to quality improvement professionals, executives, administrators, students and patients.

Healthy Mothers and Healthy Babies 2018
Mar 1 – Mar 2 all-day

Hosted by Perinatal Services BC, this conference is for health care professionals invested in the care of pregnant/postpartum women and their infants through the continuum of perinatal and newborn care. This conference will engage health care professionals from a wide range of disciplines in knowledge transfer and interprofessional collaboration in order to provide the best care possible and ensure healthy mothers and babies. Patient informed research and practice as well as examples of how health care can be enriched by patient involvement will be highlighted. The format will include plenary, breakout, and poster sessions, along with networking opportunities.

CHSPR 2018 30th Annual Health Policy Conference
Mar 8 – Mar 9 all-day

For three decades, CHSPR’s annual conference has provided a platform for thought-provoking dialogues on emerging research in the health services and policy domain. In 2018, the conference will address the question of how British Columbia can become a learning healthcare system. In a learning healthcare system, every patient interaction is treated as a learning activity, and the ethos of the system overall is improvement. Speakers will share the latest thinking on learning healthcare systems and facilitate conversations on how British Columbia can adopt the principles and actions that define such systems.

Taking place March 8-9, the key objective of the conference is to bring together researchers, policy-makers, decision-makers, clinicians, students, patient partners, and interested public who would be involved in creating, implementing, and being part of a learning health system.

Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research 2018
Apr 26 – Apr 29 all-day

The 27th Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research is the premier gathering in Canada for those working in all disciplines of HIV/AIDS research, as well as policy makers, persons living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic.

The conference, also known as CAHR 2018, will be held April 26th-29th, 2018 at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver, British Columbia. The co-chairs  for CAHR 2018 will be Dr. Hélène Côté (University of British Columbia) and Dr. Melanie Murray (University of British Columbia).

This year’s conference theme is Celebrating our Diversity:  Uniting in the Response to HIV


This year at CAHR 2018, we endeavour to acknowledge and celebrate diversity among both people with lived experience of HIV, as well as among HIV researchers. More than ever members of the community and key affected populations are generating ground-breaking research. In this quest against HIV, we have learned that we can accomplish more together when we embrace our diversity as people with unique lived experiences, perspectives and ideas to contribute. Uniting groups of researchers from multiple tracks – health care professionals, community workers, academics, trainees, educators, activists, volunteers, people with lived experience of HIV, and policy makers – we have many objectives to pursue in order to improve the lives of people living with HIV, and prevent new infections.


2018 Fuse International Conference
May 8 – May 9 all-day

Fuse 2018 will focus on how best to produce, integrate, and communicate research evidence to help develop and evaluate policies in public health. Together, we will explore the use of research evidence in public health policymaking from around the world to discover what’s working, what’s not, and what are the trends, issues, and policy-related challenges across jurisdiction and sectors.

There will be a focus on both the practice and the science behind using evidence to inform public health policies. Presentations from various jurisdictions will focus on five themes:

  • Economic evidence
  • Practice-based evidence
  • Communicating evidence
  • Diversity in public health policy
  • Partnerships between researchers and policy makers

Within these themes, attention will be paid to cross-cutting issues such as public and community engagement, issues around data, public and patient involvement, inter-sectoral partnerships, complexity and impact of jurisdictional issues.

This conference will be of interest to researchers, policy makers, public health practitioners and other research users with an interest in public and population health. Participants will learn from keynote presentations, debate panels, abstract presentations and from each other about the impact of jurisdictional issues, challenges in data access, inter-sectoral partnerships, complexity and perspectives on the most effective ways of incorporating evidence into the process of policymaking.

Health research in the heart of Vancouver