The Southern Alberta Primary Care Research Network is a multidisciplinary collaboration of primary care health providers and academic primary care researchers working to rigorously address research questions derived from clinical practice. Primary care clinics are located in urban and rural areas which include 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 and the administrative centre of SAPCReN is located in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta.
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. Research studies are designed to provide timely and scientifically rigorous outcomes with local relevance and international significance.
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.
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.
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.
Primary Care Provider Advisory Panel
Our Primary Care Provider (PCP) Advisory Panel is a volunteer group of practicing primary care providers in southern Alberta who provide advice and recommendations on various research projects or funding applications to ensure the work is relevant, feasible, and important to primary health care.