O'Brien Institute - Research Interest Groups

To increase the value of membership, the O’Brien Institute supports groups of members who advance their work in topic-specific entities of varying models, sizes, and developmental stage.

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Group for Research with Indigenous Peoples

The Group for Research with Indigenous Peoples (GRIP) is a network of >130 health researchers and students, Indigenous community members and organizations, health systems providers and government agencies with a focus on the achievement of Indigenous Health.


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Health Economics Group

The University of Calgary Health Economics Group includes a dedicated group of faculty who are committed to teaching in Health Economics and conduct a broad range of research within Health Economics. The Health Economics group seeks to build capacity among faculty and trainees; foster links to policy-makers; enhance opportunities for training in Health Economics; and act as a catalyst for high quality research in Health Economics. This will increase the impact of health economics research at the University of Calgary and increase the national and international profile of Calgary-based applied health economics research.


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Geography of Health and GIS Analysis Group

Geographies of health encompass a plurality of research paradigms and methodologies, including Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial data analysis. The Geography of Health (GoH) group supports geographical enquiry and spatial thinking in population and public health. The GoH group serves as a hub, connecting geographical expertise with health research and practice. 


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University of Calgary Biostatistics Centre

UCBC is a multi-faculty initiative, the remit of which is to position the University of Calgary as a leader in the development and application of biostatistical methodology for research problems on the cutting edge of biomedical research. Emphasis is on solving big data problems, and on high-end computational and ‘statistical learning’ techniques (data science), in the context of many of UCalgary's existing strengths, for example in bioinformatics, genetics, infectious disease epidemiology, kinesiology, population ecology, and clinical trials.