SPOR Platform Leads

Dr. Dean Eurich, BSP, MSc, PhD

Joint Lead, Career Development Platform

Dr. Dean Eurich is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta. Within the School, Dr Eurich is the Program Director for the Clinical Epidemiology program and is also a Research Associate with the Alliance for Canadian Health Outcomes Research in Diabetes Group (ACHORD). Provincially, he is a Joint Lead, Career Development in Methods & Health Services Research platform for Alberta's Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials (SUPPORT) Unit. Nationally, he is the Chair for the Personal Awards Committee and Board Member of the National Research Council (NRC) of Diabetes Canada. His current focus is on Health Outcomes in patients with chronic diseases as well as quality improvement initiatives with several First Nations communities in the Province.

Marilynne A. Hebert, BScN, MEd, PhD

Joint Lead, Career Development Platform

Dr. Marilynne Hebert is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences and the O’Brien Institute for Public Health, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. As a faculty member she contributes to 3 areas: teaching, research and service. In her research she uses mixed methods, although primarily qualitative. Dr. Hebert is interested in stories as both sources of data and knowledge transfer strategies. Previous studies focused on understanding the effectiveness of e-health and e-learning delivery modes. Dr. Hebert’s most recent teaching on “Health Research Methods” extended in 3 directions: as a graduate course in the Department of Community Health Sciences, in the Master of Public Health program in Mwanza, Tanzania, and in the on-line Continuing Professional Program.

Michael Hill, MD, FRCPC

Joint Lead, Pragmatic Clinical Trials Platform

Dr. Michael Hill 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.

Lawrence Richer, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Joint Lead, Pragmatic Clinical Trials Platform

Dr. Lawrence Richer MD, MSc is an Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Alberta as well as Associate Dean Clinical Research, Director of the Northern Alberta Clinical Trials and Research Center (NACTRC), and Associate Director of the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute (WCHRI). Dr. Richer is a Pediatric Neurologist with clinical and research interests in the treatment of headache and disorders of the autonomic nervous system. As Associate Dean, Clinical Research and Director of NACTRC he has a broad commitment to maximizing the use of health data to improve patient outcomes through research, to optimizing research administration processes, and to enhancing support for innovation in clinical trials. In his role as Associate Director of WCHRI, he oversees the Support Platforms for Integrated Research with integrated clinical trial support and data coordinating functions.