The Alberta Clinical Research Consortium (ACRC) is improving the efficiency of clinical health research in the province. We do this to:

  • provide Albertans with access to the best and most innovative health care possible;
  • attract both researchers and investment to the province for the ultimate benefit of all Albertans.

The ACRC is a collaborative effort which works with a number of partner organizations.

ACRC partners recognize the ACRC Alberta definition of clinical health research

Clinical health research has the goal of improving the diagnosis, prevention and treatment (including rehabilitation and palliation) of disease and injury, and improving and evaluating the health and quality of life of individuals. Clinical research is conducted on, or for the treatment of human subjects. Clinical research includes living human subjects, human tissues, human remains, cadavers, biological fluids, embryos, fetuses and patient information. Excluded from this definition are in vitro studies that utilize human tissues that cannot be linked to a living individual. This includes clinical trials on patients, epidemiological and behavioral studies, outcomes research, health services research and population health studies, typically falling under the CIHR rubric of pillars 2, 3 & 4.

As a proud partner, Alberta Innovates is pleased to host information about the ACRC on this website. Alberta Innovates also provides project management and administrative support.