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Technical - Partner Event

AI Seminar – Finlay McAlister

Jan. 15, 2021 - Jan. 15, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (MST)


Abstract: The Alberta Strategy for Patient OrientedResearch (AbSPORU) Support Unit was established in 2015 using funding from CIHRand Alberta Innovates and is a partnership between the Universities of Alberta,Calgary, and Lethbridge as well as Alberta Health Services and otherstakeholders in Alberta’s Research & Innovation ecosystem.  AbSPORU created infrastructure to enablepatient engagement in research, improved and expedited data access and datamanagement, provides the research community with training opportunities andexpert methodological, data management and statistical support, and is workingto enhance the integration of research into clinical practice and policy makingthrough our investments in knowledge translation and implementationscience.  In our first 5 years, AbSPORUbuilt capacity, capabilities, and partnerships for patient-orientedresearch (POR) in Alberta andworked to increase the quantity and quality of POR. In our next 5 years, AbSPORU will build on these partnerships andexpertise to support Alberta’s integrated Learning Health System with the goal of achieving the quadrupleaim: improving patient/provider experience, improving health outcomes forpatients and the broader population, and improving health careefficiency/cost-effectiveness.  In thislecture Dr. McAlister will review AbSPORU with a focus on those elements mostrelevant to the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute.  

Bio: Finlay A. McAlister,MD, MSc, FRCPC, FACP, FCAHS

  • Professor, Division of General InternalMedicine, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta
  • Alberta Health Services Chair in CardiovascularOutcomes Research, University of Alberta
  • Scientific Director, Alberta Strategy forPatient-Oriented Research Support Unit

Dr. McAlister is a general internist and has attended on the general medicine Clinical Teaching Units and the Heart Failure Clinic at theUniversity of Alberta Hospital and the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute since 1994.  He obtained his MD (1990)and completed his general internal medicine residency at the University ofAlberta (1994).  He completed his MSc inEpidemiology from the University of Ottawa (1998) and did post-doctoral training in clinical epidemiology at the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine,Oxford University.  Dr. McAlister’s research has included randomized trials, prospective cohort studies, systematic reviews, and health services research. He has published over 460 peer-reviewed manuscripts (h index 105), has received the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Gold Medal for Research(2005), the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine David Sackett SeniorInvestigator Award (2013), a Killam Professorship (2015), was the CanadianRoyal College Osler Lecturer (2018), and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy ofHealth Sciences.  He has served as President of the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine (2009-2011), co-chair of theCanadian Hypertension Education Program Guideline Committee (2003-2006) andOutcomes Research Task Forces (2008-2014), Chair of the CIHR Health Services,Evaluation and Interventions Peer Review Committee (2007-2009), and Chair of the University Hospital Foundation Clinical Research Grant Competition(2011-2018).  

The University of Alberta Artificial Intelligence (AI) Seminar is a weekly meeting where researchers (including students, developers, and professors) interested in AI can share their current research. Presenters include local speakers from the University of Alberta and industry as well as other institutions. The seminars discuss a wide range of topics related in any way to Artificial Intelligence, from foundational theoretical work to innovative applications of AI techniques to new fields and problems are of interest.Learn more at the AI Seminar website and by subscribing to the mailing list!

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