ACHRI Research Trainees

As a research institute, ACHRI focuses not only on providing a sound research environment to its members, but also on creating innovative training initiatives to enhance the educational and research training experience at UCalgary and ACHRI.

ACHRI Trainee Weekly Post

To keep our trainees up-to-date on various relevant training activities and funding opportunities in our Institute and UCalgary, ACHRI sends out a weekly newsletter to registered ACHRI trainees and members. To be added to the ACHRI trainee mailing list, please register as an ACHRI trainee or contact our office at

Please see the ACHRI calendar for listings of current ACHRI events, open to members and trainees. Please see the CSM Training Programs calendar for listings of current workshops and training opportunities in ACHRI and other CSM institutes/programs.  


ACHRI Trainee Funding Competitions

Trainee Travel Awards: In light of the current COVID-19 situation, ACHRI is accepting applications for ACHRI Trainee Travel Awards and Research Visits on a rolling basis. Trainee can still access this funding if they attend virtual conferences or workshops. Please see our Trainee Funding page for details.


Child Health and Wellness Seminars

The seminars take place virtually on Mondays from 8:30– 9:30 am, featuring local and international speakers from our seven Child Health and Wellness programs. For details on these seminars and to register, please visit ACHRI's Events Calendar.


Maternal and Child Health Journal Club

Thursday, February 25, 2021, 12 PM – 1 PM

Register for Zoom access:

Please join us for our next interdisciplinary journal club on Thursday, February 25, 2021 from noon to 1pm where Nikki Stephenson and Kylie Hornaday will present 2 papers looking at the influence of stress on preterm birth.

All are welcome, so please feel free to share this invitation with your network, and forward it to your Trainees!

 We will be discussing the following papers:

  • Aung MT, Yu Y, Ferguson KK, Cantonwine DE, Zeng L, McElrath TF, Pennathur S, Mukherjee B, Meeker JD. Prediction and associations of preterm birth and its subtypes with eicosanoid enzymatic pathways and inflammatory markers. Sci Rep. 2019 Nov 19;9(1):17049. 
  • Eick SM, Barrett ES, van ‘t Erve TJ, Nguyen RHN, Bush NR, Milne G, et al. Association between prenatal psychological stress and oxidative stress during pregnancy. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology. 2018;32(4):318-26


HBI REALISE and ACHRI STEP Present: Introduction to Scientific Programming Series

January 15 – April 16 | Weekly on Fridays from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

This workshop series is designed to prepare trainees to use computing tools in research. Workshops will cover the fundamentals of computer science, including computer architecture, data types, types of computer programming languages, operators, branching/looping, syntax and semantics, basics of software design, and testing. Trainees will learn how to use three tools that are commonly used in the scientific community: MATLAB, R, and Python. Lectures and assignments will focus on data analysis: reading/writing data, manipulation, statistical analysis, and visualization.


Reproducible Research using RStudio: How to save time using Literate Programming

Brought to you by ACHRI STEP and the Hotchkiss Brain Institute’s REALISE Program.

March 2 to April 20 | Weekly on Tuesdays from 1 to 2 pm

Have you ever found yourself frustrated by having to redo statistical analyses, figures and/or tables as part of an ongoing manuscript? Have you ever had to go back to an old research project and found yourself completely lost and missing files? This eight-part workshop series will introduce you to reproducible research practices (AKA literate programming) using R+RStudio.

Over the course of eight modules, you will learn about the core concepts of reproducible research and literate programming using hands-on examples. You will learn about project directories, introductory statistics (ANOVA), figure creation (ggplot2), and dataframe manipulation. You will be shown how RMarkdown can be used to quickly and effectively make changes to your document and render them into a Microsoft Word document (docx). The tools and concepts taught in this series will not only help you become a better researcher, they will save you precious time in the long run.

Trainees who are uncertain about joining the workshop series are encouraged to attend the first module in the series to learn more.

Everyone welcome! Please visit the links below to find out more and to register.

Please contact if you have any questions.


Mitacs Workshops - Winter 2021

Project Management – February 24-25, 2021 | March 10-11, 2021 | March 23-24, 2021

This 2-day course provides an experiential, collaborative learning experience to enable participants to integrate the principles of project management, team building, group dynamics and leadership that participants can apply immediately and in their future careers and lives.

Designing Your Personal and Realistic Career – March 18-19, 2021

This is a unique opportunity to dedicate two days to plan your future and design one or several professional project(s). During this graduate-focused, interactive training, you will design a realistic career plan that fits your personal aspirations, your competencies and aligns with the job market reality.


Winter 2021 PCT Certificate

Registration is now open for the Winter 2021 session of the Leadership in Patient-Oriented Research: Pragmatic Clinical Trials CertificateThe Winter 2021 cohort of the Certificate will take place from February 10  -  June 10, 2021. This learning program offers 53 accredited hours of Alberta-specific content in clinical trials and patient-oriented research. For more details about the program visit the AbSPORU website. Register here.


Eyes High Postdoctoral Match-Funding Program

The Eyes High Postdoctoral Match-Funding Program is designed to support UCalgary faculty to recruit and support outstanding postdoctoral scholars. This program will award partial salary support for postdocs who will be highly competitive for external awards and will help advance UCalgary’s strategic research and innovation plan. Funding will be awarded on a competitive basis.

This funding is intended for individuals who will be new postdocs at UCalgary at the start of their appointment.

Applications are to be submitted by the individual applying to be an Eyes High Postdoc, and not by their faculty supervisor.

Deadlines: May 3, 2021

For more information, please visit this page, or contact


Mental Health during COVID-19

If you are experiencing increased anxiety, fear and stress related to COVID-19, UCalgary has some excellent tips and mental health resources for students, staff and faculty.


Resources for Trainees



Other Training Opportunities

Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP) has a new online learning platform, creo™, which provides training in some basic research method skills. To register for a free account with creo™, please click here. Note, creation of an account and completion of the modules is not a requirement for CCHCSP certification. Rather this is one of many optional tools CCHCSP would like to make available to our trainees, ensuring that each of you has access to training materials across all CCHCSP modules to help you become the best child health clinician scientist you can be.

ACHRI, the Owerko Centre and HBI have partnered to provide summer students with outstanding opportunities and resources to enrich their summer research experience.