Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit Platform Leads
The Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit leads were selected for their expertise in these core areas. They underwent a rigorous process to be named as the leads and joint-leads of these platforms.
Leads and joint leads for Alberta’s SPOR SUPPORT Unit platforms:
- Dr. Virginia Vandall-Walker
- Dr. Finlay A. McAlister
- Dr. Hude Quan
- Dr. Michael Hill
- Dr. Lisa Hartling
- Dr. Marilynne Hebert
- Dr. Dean Eurich
- Dr. Ross Tsuyuki
Virginia Vandall-Walker, PhD, RN – Lead, Patient Engagement Platform
Dr. Vandall-Walker is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Disciplines graduate program at Athabasca University. She has held an adjunct appointment with the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta.
As a principal investigator, Dr. Vandall-Walker has conducted qualitative investigations in family-centered adult critical care, and has explored the information needs of men and their partners about prostate surgery. As a co-investigator, Dr. Vandall-Walker has researched respite for family members at the end-of-life.
Following her BN at the University of Windsor, Dr. Vandall-Walker worked across Canada’s North as an Outpost Nurse in Aboriginal communities for many years. She completed her MN at the University of Calgary, and her PhD at the University of Alberta. She has served as a member of Athabasca University’s Academic Research Committee and as member and Chair of Athabasca University’s Research Ethics Board.
Dr. Vandall-Walker is a member of the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses, the Canadian Council of Cardiovascular Nurses, and the International Family Nursing Association. She is an active Member Scholar with the International Institute of Qualitative Methodology at the University of Alberta. In 2014 she was the recipient of the 2014 teaching excellence award at Athabasca University.
Finlay A. McAlister, MD, MSc, FRCPC, FACP – Lead, Data Platform
Funded by Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions, Dr. McAlister is a professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry’s Department of Medicine, and a general internist at the University of Alberta.
Dr. McAlister’s research has included randomized trials, prospective cohort studies, systematic reviews, and data linkage studies using various administrative datasets to answer health services research questions.
He attends on the general medicine Clinical Teaching Units and the Heart Failure Clinic at the University of Alberta Hospital, has published over 330 peer-reviewed manuscripts, is a recipient of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Gold Medal for Research (2005) and the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine’s Senior Investigator Award (2013).
He is past-President of the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine and has co-chaired the Canadian Hypertension Education Program Outcomes Research Task Force.
Hude Quan, PhD – Lead, Methods Support & Development Platform
Funded by Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions, Dr. Hude Quan is a professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary.
Dr. Quan is an internationally renowned leader in health services research methodology, which is the hub for research and educational activities in this field of research. He is leading an international research group of health information created to develop, test, and promote methodological advances for the applied use of coded health information—with the aim of improving methods in health services research.
Dr. Quan has published over 200 papers in peer reviewed journals; in 2014, Thomson Reuters listed him as one of the world’s highly cited researchers.
Michael Hill, MD, FRCPC – Lead, Pragmatic Clinical Trials Platform
Dr. Michael Hill is funded by Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions. He is a Professor in the Departments of Clinical Neurosciences, Community Health Sciences, and Medicine and Radiology at the University of Calgary. He is also Director of the Stroke Unit for the Calgary Stroke Program for Alberta Health Services.
Dr. Hill completed his medical degree at the University of Ottawa and pursued further training in neurology, stroke and clinical epidemiology. He was appointed to the University of Calgary medical faculty in 2001.
His research interests include stroke thrombolysis, stroke epidemiology, and surveillance and clinical trials. He receives funding from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta/NWT/Nunavut, and from various industry partners as well as NIH (NINDS).
Dr. Hill has received a number of awards, including the Barnett, The Pessin Award, the ARP merit award, and the Performance Recognition Award for his role in research and his outstanding publication record.
Lisa Hartling, PhD – Lead, Knowledge Translation Platform
Funded by Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions, Dr. Hartling is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta.
Dr. Hartling is a CIHR New Investigator, and holds three directorships. The first two are at the Alberta Research Centre for Health Evidence, and the University of Alberta Evidence-based Practice Centre. The focus at these two centres is to gather and summarize the best available scientific evidence to help support decision-making by healthcare providers, administrators, and patients and their families. Her third directorship is with the international Cochrane Child Health Field, where her role involves knowledge translation activities to disseminate high quality research to inform decisions in health.
Marilynne Hebert, PhD – Joint Lead, Career Development in Methods & Health Services Research Platform
Dr. Hebert is an Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Community Health Sciences and member of the Institute of Public Health in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary.
Dr. Hebert’s research has focused on the use of technology in health care and education, and most recently, the use of storytelling as a knowledge translation strategy.
An expert in leading and evaluating provincial and national capacity building projects in Health Informatics Research, she teaches health research methods at the University of Calgary, and at the Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences in Tanzania. She also co-teaches an undergraduate course in Developing Health Research Literacy, Co-chairs an on-line professional development course for practicing health providers, and is funded to develop graduate student competencies in health research.
Dr. Hebert and Dr. Dean Eurich are joint Leads for Alberta’s SPOR SUPPORT Unit Career Development in Methods & Health Services Research platform.
Dean Eurich, PhD – Joint Lead, Career Development in Methods & Health Services Research Platform
Dr. Eurich, supported by Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions, is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health, and the Program Director for the Clinical Epidemiology program at the University of Alberta. His other roles include:
- CIHR New Investigator,
- ACHORD Research Associate,
- Member of the Alberta Diabetes Institute Research & Trainee Steering Committee at the U of A,
- Elected board member for the Canadian Association of Population Therapeutics, and the Canadian Diabetes Association National Research Council,
- Holds Scientific Office for the Personal Awards Committee of the Canadian Diabetes Association National Research Council.
Dr. Eurich’s research focuses largely in the areas of chronic disease, and health promotion and prevention activities. Within those core areas, his research targets diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and respiratory illness.
Dr. Eurich and Dr. Marilynne Hebert are joint Leads for Alberta’s SPOR SUPPORT Unit Career Development in Methods & Health Services Research platform.
Ross T. Tsuyuki, BSc (Pharm), PharMD, MSc, FCSHP, FACC – Lead, Consultation & Research Services Platform
Funded by Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions, Dr. Tsuyuki is a Professor of Medicine (Cardiology), and Director of the Epidemiology Coordinating and Research (EPICORE) Centre (a health research coordinating centre) in Edmonton, Alberta.
Dr. Tsuyuki’s research includes clinical trials, pragmatic trials and interventional health outcomes research, particularly in the area of cardiovascular medicine. He has published over 250 peer reviewed papers. He also acts as a consultant for clinical and outcomes researchers, through the EPICORE Centre.
He also practices in the Heart Function Clinic at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute and has led the graduate program in the Department of Medicine.
He has received several awards for teaching, as well as appointment as a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists and the American College of Cardiology. In 2005, he was recognized as the Canadian Pharmacist of the Year by the Canadian Pharmacists Association.
For more information:
Tim Murphy, MBA, Vice President, Alberta Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) SUPPORT Unit & Provincial Platforms