W21C Research and Health Innovation Day

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W21C Research and Health Innovation Day

March 5, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 1:30 pm

W21C Research Health Innovation Day 2019

Please join the W21C team for a day focused on celebrating the research, innovation and partnerships that inspire us to MAKE CARE BETTER.

W21C is a research and innovation centre based in the University of Calgary’s O’Brien Institute for Public Health and Alberta Health Services. Our interdisciplinary research team aims to improve patient safety and quality of care in our health systems.

W21C serves as a research and testing-site for exemplary hospital design, novel approaches to health care delivery, and innovative medical technologies. We offer an array of research services–with specializations in human factors, clinical trials, digital health, and aging-in-place.

Join us at this FREE event to meet our interdisciplinary team, hear about project impacts, and learn how to access our services.

March 5, 2019
8:30 am – 1:30 pm


8:30 – 9:00 am | Registration + Refreshments

9:00 – 9:10 am | Welcome – Jill de Grood, Director, W21C & Dr. Bill Ghali, MD, Scientific Director, O’Brien Institute for Public Health

9:10 – 9:45 am | Keynote Address – Crystal Phillips, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Branch Out Neurological Foundation

9:45 – 10:15 am | W21C Snapshots: Stories of Research Impact and Partnership – Session 1

  • Dr. Deirdre McCaughey
  • Dr. Ian Schoonbaert

10:15 – 10:45 am | BREAK

10:45 – 11:20 am | W21C Snapshots: Stories of Research Impact and Partnership – Session 2

  • Dr. Ghazwan Altabbaa
  • Dr. Jane Lemaire
  • Wrechelle Ocampo

11:20 am – 12:00 pm | Taste of W21C

  • Human Factors & Simulation – Greg Hallihan
  • How to Work with W21C – Dr. Rose Geransar

12:00 – 1:30 pm |  W21C Research & Innovation Showcases & LUNCH
Network and visit the showcase displays operated by the W21C team to learn more about their research and the services we offer.

Keynote Speaker: Crystal Phillips

Crystal Phillips is a former National Level Speed Skater and now Executive Director of the Branch Out Neurological Foundation, a charity she co-founded in 2010 to accelerate innovative technologies and non pharmaceutical approaches for neurological disorders. The Branch Out Foundation has raised over 2.5 Million dollars and funds neuroscientists across Canada. It has become a catalyst for change in neuro health care and non-pharmaceutical neuroscience. Crystal’s calendar and daily to-do list is exciting and diverse, ranging from strategic planning, public speaking, fundraising and networking galore. She was named one of 18 Canadian change makers by CBC Canada to celebrate Canada’s 150th, she made the Top 30 Under 30 by Explore Magazine in 2012 and Top 40 Under 40 by Avenue Magazine in 2016. When not moving mountains with the Branch Out Foundation, she’s climbing them in the Canadian rockies with her husband John and dog named Bear.


March 5, 2019
8:30 am - 1:30 pm


W21C Research and Innovation Centre
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3300 Hospital Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2N 4N1 Canada
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