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The ACRC includes Alberta Health Services, the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta, Covenant Health, the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary, the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, and Alberta Innovates, who is fulfilling the secretariat role in addition to providing project management and facilitation services.

Like every successful consortium , the ACRC’s value is in harnessing the knowledge, skills and expertise of its members. This means the ACRC incorporates best practices and the applicable regulatory guidelines thereby ensuring quality by design in all of its activities and outcomes.

By working together, the ACRC strives to improve the efficiency of clinical research in order to provide Albertans with access to the best and most innovative health care. Alberta’s enhanced culture of research excellence and integrity will have funders/sponsors and the best return on their investment, decreased start-up and study approval times, quicker participant recruitment and better retention, and, above, quality.

In addition, the ACRC contributes and aligns itself to initiatives such as the Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) and N2 – the Network of Networks that are working to promote a strong national research community that will attract additional investment.

N2 Network of Networks

The ACRC Partners with N2 to offer Alberta’s research community national resources for clinical trials.

Our Working Groups

The ACRC facilitates many advisory committees and working groups that consist of members from across the province.

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Clinical Health Research in the Community
Build the capacity of community-based physicians and clinical/research staff in clinical health research. This working group will:

  • Create opportunities for community physicians and staff to network;
  • Co-develop tools and templates to assist in building a clinical health research program in the community setting;
  • Provide guidance and best practice for CHR in the community through a community of practice group; and
  • Create opportunities to build partnerships between researchers and their teams with funders, sponsors and investors.

Glossary and Common Terminology
Maintain the current Glossary and Common Terminology and bi-annually review suggested terms for inclusion in the Glossary to avoid ambiguity in the province.

Indicator Working Group
Develop clear, concise provincial indicators that showcase Alberta’s strengths and abilities. Then showcase the Alberta research community through a dashboard of provincial clinical health research indicators.

Legal (Ad Hoc)
Standardize legal review guidelines for contracts and agreements related to clinical research by producing and/or supporting:

  • a Confidentiality Disclosure Agreement resource template;
  • a model clinical trial agreement;
  • an efficient signatory process for Clinical Trial Agreements;
  • coordinated contract negotiations for multi-site industry-sponsored studies; and
  • a clearer flow of information between investigators and legal review departments.

Patient Partner Advisory group
Provide the patient/public’s perspective on optimizing clinical health research in Alberta.

Provincial Training
Develop provincial standards and opportunities for clinical research training by establishing:

  • a pan-Alberta clinical research training program;
  • an investigator- initiated study toolbox; and
  • a clinical research space for sharing best practices, tools, resources, upcoming events and networking.

Privacy (ad hoc)
Explore areas within the initiatives that have privacy implications and identify potential strategies to address those areas; and explore opportunities and strategies on how to move forward together.

Tiger Team
Investigate and/or solve inter-organizational hand-offs on clinical research administrative processes that are:

  • seamless, timely, consistent and standardized;
  • common across institutions;
  • meets standards; and
  • are benchmarked nationally and internationally.