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 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 the 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

Climate Change and Global Health Research Group

The Climate Change and Global Health Research Group conducts community-based, participatory epidemiology at the social-environment-health nexus, in the context of global environmental change. Our group’s current research focus involves working with intersectoral partners to respond to the grand challenge of developing an evidence base for policies, interventions, and actions needed to moderate future climate change impacts on health outcomes around the world.

P: 780-492-7766
E: sherilee.harper@ualberta.ca
W: www.climatechangeandglobalhealth.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

Inner City Health and Wellness Program

Our research program is dedicated to improving health and social outcomes for structurally vulnerable populations, including people who use substances and those experiencing unstable housing or homelessness.

A collaboration between the University of Alberta and other partners, ICHWP is housed at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, Canada. We have deliberately co-located researchers, educators, and clinicians to ensure that our activities are both integrated and meaningful. We regularly engage with community partners in order to respond appropriately and efficiently to community needs.


P: 780-613-5022
E: contact@ichwp.ca
W: www.ichwp.ca

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: roi.4.kids@ualberta.ca
W: https://roi4kids.com

SIRCLE (Settings-based Intervention Research through Changes in Lifestyles & Environments) Research Lab

The purpose of the SIRCLE Research Lab is to advance and mobilize knowledge in the area of school health. SIRCLE delivers and evaluates school- and community-based healthy living programs throughout Canada which promote wholistic health, prevent chronic diseases, and reduce health inequities. 

P: 780-492-9609
E: sircle@ualberta.ca
W: www.katestorey.com

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
E: apersu@ualberta.ca
W: apersu.ca

Water and Resource Recovery Lab
This project aims to understand emerging science issues and use social engagement to identify what is technically possible and socially acceptable for water reuse and resource recovery. The goal is to develop a roadmap for implementing water reuse projects in Canada.

The lab is led by Nicholas Ashbolt and Jane Springett.

P: 780-975-4131
W: www.reusewater.ca