Groups and Units

From understanding the many facets of addiction to promoting optimal weights, and from managing diabetes to providing evidence for influencing health policy, our faculty members are tackling some of the most complex health issues facing our communities. Here are a few examples of their work.

  • Alliance for Canadian Health Outcomes Research in Diabetes

    The Alliance for Canadian Health Outcomes Research in Diabetes (ACHORD) is an established team in diabetes research, in Canada and internationally. ACHORD Investigators and collaborators have been involved individually and in collaboration in various sectors of health research, namely the clinical, health services and population health sectors.

    P: 780-248-1010
    E: achord@ualberta.ca
    W: http://www.achord.ca/

  • Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse

    The Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse (CRISM) is a national initiative, created created in response to growing concerns about the impact of substance misuse—ranging from alcohol use to prescription and non-prescription drugs.

    The Prairie CRISM node includes the University of Alberta, University of Calgary and University of Saskatchewan, and involves partnerships with over 50 researchers, service providers, consumer advocates and policy-makers from across Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. University of Alberta professor Cam Wild is the nominated principal investigator for the Prairie node.  

    P: (780) 492-0135
    E: denise.adams@ualberta.ca
    W: crismprairies.ca

  • Community Health and the Built Environment

    Have you ever stopped to look at the neighbourhood you live in? Does it have pathways that actually lead you somewhere? Are there green spaces where you can take the kids or, perhaps, play one-on-one basketball with a friend?

    These are some of the factors that help to make a community environment one that supports healthy choices. They are the same factors that are assessed in the Community Health and the Built Environment (CHBE) project.

    P: 780-492-4109
    E: candace.nykiforuk@ualberta.ca
    W: http://www.chbeprojects.com/

  • Environmental Health Sciences Group

    Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) is devoted to protecting and improving the health of human populations by characterizing and limiting their exposure to chemical, biological, and physical hazards in the environment. This involves interdisciplinary knowledge from both the basic and applied chemical and biological sciences to develop assessment and management strategies.

    P: 780-492-8502
    E: nfneuman@ualberta.ca

  • Health Technology and Policy Unit

    The Health Technology & Policy Unit (HTPU) is creating knowledge to support fair, evidence-informed decision making around the introduction and use of health technologies in Canada.

    P: 780-492-4791
    E: tanias@ualberta.ca

  • Indigenous Health and Resilience through Disaster
    Indigenous Health and Resilience through Disaster (IHRD) is a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) funded study that began in January 2017 by a University of Alberta research team, in partnership with the Nistawoyou Association Friendship Centre in Fort McMurray.

    Together, this group of Indigenous service providers and leaders and non-Indigenous university-based and community-based researchers are working together to understand how Indigenous peoples in Wood Buffalo have been affected by the wildfire. The aim is to identify ways to reduce negative impacts on their health and well-being.

    Learn more.

    P: 780-492-6013
    E: montesan@ualberta.ca
    W: ihrdcanada.com
  • Policy Location and Access in Community Environments Lab

    The purpose of the Policy, Location, and Access in Community Environments (PLACE) research lab is to contribute to a better understanding of the people-policy-place relationships in chronic disease interventions and prevention initiatives. Work in the PLACE lab involves community-based participatory research, qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and GIS mapping.

    P: 780-492-4109
    E: candace.nykiforuk@ualberta.ca
    W: http://placeresearchlab.com/

  • Population Health Intervention Research Unit

    The Population Health Intervention Research Unit (PHIRU) conducts research related to nutrition, lifestyle, socio-economic factors and intervention programs  to influence new health policies and programs for chronic disease prevention.

    P: 780-492-2565
    E: paul.veugelers@ualberta.ca

  • Return on Investment for Kids' Health

    In an effort to curtail the growing issue of overweight and obesity among Canadian children, schools have been the setting of choice for health promoting strategies. While the need for effective child health promotion programs and policies is well recognized, details on the implementation and cost-effectiveness of different policies and programs are still unclear.

    The Return on Investment for Kids' Health (ROI4Kids) group aims to evaluate and improve school health programs, estimate program and avoided healthcare costs, explore broader academic and health benefits, as well as understand how to optimize program implementation.

    P: 780-248-1863
    E: genevieve.montemurro@ualberta.ca
    W: www.ualberta.ca/public-health/research/groups-and-units/roi4kids

  • Swimmer's Itch Team

    In partnership with Alberta Health Services, the Swimmer's Itch Team is working to provide updated and detailed information on swimmer's itch outbreaks for visitors and residents of Alberta and across Canada.

    E: info@swimmersitch.ca
    W: http://swimmersitch.ca/

  • The Alberta Patient Reported Outcome Measures and EQ-5D Research and Support Unit

    The Alberta Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) and EQ-5D Research and Support Unit—known as APERSU—is an intermediary office that connects the EuroQol Foundation with non-commercial users of EQ-5D instruments and other patient reported outcome measures in Alberta. This unit secures licensing for the use of EQ-5D instruments and supports research and use of other PROMs in the province.

    780-248-1010 
    W: apersu.ca