O'Brien Institute - University Centres

The O’Brien Institute proudly serves as Institute-home to autonomous entities with shared goals and values.

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Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging

The Centre on Aging serves as a collaborative hub that promotes and supports interdisciplinary aging research and education undertaken by faculties across the University of Calgary including, but not limited to, Medicine, Kinesiology, Nursing, and Social Work. The overall aim of the centre is to enhance the health and wellness of older adults and better inform public policy on issues pertaining to the aging population.

Centre for Health Policy

Centre for Health Policy

The Centre for Health Policy is a keystone opportunity to achieve the aims of Growth through Focus by proving that great societies are anchored by great research universities. The Centre operates using a partnership model where community organizations and university researchers bring health policy challenges and solutions to the Centre to achieve three main aims: providing thought leadership, strengthening our focus on our community, and increasing the visibility and reach of expertise on matters of health policy.


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W21C is a not-for-profit research and innovation initiative based in the University of Calgary and the Calgary zone of Alberta Health Services. W21C serves as a research and beta test-site for prototypical hospital design, novel approaches to health care delivery, human factors research, and innovative medical technologies.