Welcome to the

Southern Alberta Primary Care Research Network (SAPCReN)


About us

The Southern Alberta Primary Care Research Network (SAPCReN) is a multidisciplinary collaboration of primary care health providers and researchers working to rigorously address research questions derived from clinical practice.

SAPCReN supports research relevant to the primary care setting, with a wide range of studies relating to topics such as disease prevention and health promotion, screening and early diagnosis, surveillance, and management of various health conditions.

SAPCReN has been operating in Southern Alberta since 2007 and has grown to include more than 300 members. 


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Dr Neil Drummond (Professor and Research Chair in Primary Care at the University of Alberta) is the network director. 

Stephanie Garies is a PhD student in epidemiology in the Department of Community Health Sciences with a background in public health (MPH, University of Warwick).  She is currently the assistant network director in southern Alberta for the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN). Her research interests include health data integration (EMR and administrative databases), as well as disease surveillance and primary health care research using the CPCSSN database.

Ashley Cornect-Benoit is a CPCSSN Alberta research assistant and a first year PhD student in the Community Health Sciences program specializing in Population and Public Health at the University of Calgary. Her current research project is focused on fostering intergenerational relationships within Indigenous communities to address the increased prevalence of brain aging in older populations and various aspects of well being in youth. 

Rebecca Miyagishima is a CPCSSN-AB research assistant based out of the University of Alberta. She works with the Southern Alberta Primary Care Research Network. Rebecca is interested in chronic disease research concerning older adults.

Boglarka (Larka) Soos is our local data manager, also involved with the Alberta SPOR PIHCIN (Strategy for Patient Oriented Research-Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovation Network) and supports interprovincial primary health care research.  

Investigators come from primary care clinics in urban and rural areas including Calgary, Airdrie, Sundre, Taber, Pincher Creek, and Claresholm. The network research assistants are located in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Calgary. The administrative centre of SAPCReN is located in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta.

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Website content

This website provides information on currently active research studies, and previous publications and presentations generated from our research network.

Primary care health professionals from any discipline such as nurses, pharmacists, pediatricians, dentists, and physicians are encouraged to join and participate in this research network, contact us for details.

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Recent News and Upcoming Opportunities 

University of Calgary CME is hosting the Cannabis Update 2018: A Framework for Conversations with Patients on April 18th, 2018. Click here for more information regarding this gathering.  

University of Calgary CME will be holding a Qualitative Research Methods course (W21C) within the O'Brien Institute for Public Health on April 27th, May 4th and May 11th. Click here for more information regarding this opportunity.