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 and 377,000 patients. 


Recent News and Upcoming Opportunities

  • A European study suggests that taking blood pressure pills at bedtime, instead of in the morning, may reduce heart attacks and strokes by more than 50%. The BedMed Study, carried out by Alberta's family physicians, is designed to determine if this is true. For more information about how you could participate go to www.PragmaticTrials.ca, or send an e-mail to BedMed@ualberta.ca.

  • The SAPCReN team is currently leading a new project focused on kidney failure and the development of a Chronic Kidney Disease Dashboard and are actively recruiting CPCSSN-participating clinics. If you are interested in joining this project or would like to receive more information, please contact Stephanie Garies, Assistant Director of SAPCReN at sgaries@ucalgary.ca.

  • Toronto International Conference on Quality in Primary Care is being hosted by the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto on November 16th at the Westin Harbour Castle. The conference aims to bring together healthcare professionals who share a concern and passion for improving equity in primary care and will provide an opportunity for networking, sharing, and dialogue. 
    Registration will be open in early July via the NAPCRG Annual Meeting registration system.
    The call for posters is now open! Please submit your poster abstracts by June 3, 2019.
    For conference related questions, please email torontoqualityconference@utoronto.ca

PIHCIN, SAPCReN/CPCSSN, and PRIMUS staff attended Elevating Family Medicine Research: Working together with our Alberta Family Medicine Research Community on June 6th, 2019 in Edmonton, Alberta. The gathering, which was hosted by the Alberta College of Family Physicians, facilitated conversation that promoted attendees to:
1. Share the current landscape for family medicine and primary care research in Alberta
2. Identify challenges and gaps in the current system
3. Imagine what the future of family medicine research will look like

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The 47th Annual NAPCRG Conference is being hosted in Toronto, Ontario from November 16th through 20th, 2019. NAPCRG’s Annual Meeting is a forum for primary care researchers from across the globe to gather and present their research, collaborate for new research, and foster growth for up-and-coming researchers. By attending the Annual Meeting you can:

  • earn up to 26.25 continuing education hours

  • listen to captivating featured speakers

  • participate in invigorating preconference sessions

  • experience over 800 research sessions including oral presentations, workshops, forums, posters

  • network with over 1,000 primary care researchers from around the world

Registration for the 2019 gathering will be open in July 2019. For more information about registration and conference information, please visit the NACPRG website.

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CIHR wants to hear about your health research priorities!

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is embarking on a new strategic plan and is seeking your guidance in helping identify areas of greatest strategic importance:

  1. How should CIHR spend its budget?

2. How can CIHR help build the capacity of the Canadian health research community?

3. How can CIHR help spread new research knowledge to improve the health of Canadians?

Your answers will help inform the development of a new strategic plan to guide CIHR over the coming years. To share your voice, please visit www.letstalk-cihr.ca and complete the survey, which will be open until June 28th, 2019.


Primary Care Research Networks' Newsletter

February 2019


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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