News and Updates

The strength and resilience of patients and their communities need to be part of the health care system. It's not just about pathology, illness or finding ways for people to survive. It's important that we incorporate that strength to make our health care system more effective and useful in the future.

Dr. Nancy Marlett

PaCER Co-founder

News and Updates

Dec. 18, 2023

Dr. Maria Santana, PhD received the prestigious 2023 President’s Award from the International Society of Quality of Life Research.

Oct. 30, 2023

Presentation at the European Citizen Science for Health Conference

University of Twente, the Netherlands

Presenters: Ingrid Nielssen and Sandra Zelinsky

Oct. 3, 2023

Presentation at the Northwest SPOR Collaborative Forum

Edmonton, Alberta

Presenters: Ingrid Nielssen, Gary Semeniuk, Stella Severin, Hannah Sutherland, and Iqmat Iyiola

June 23, 2023

Presentation at the Canadian Orthopedic Association, Annual General Meeting 

Calgary, Alberta

Presenters: Ingrid Nielssen and Marcia Bruce

Dec. 1, 2022

Presentation at the National Training Entity (NTE) Launch

Online, Quebec

Presenters: Ingrid Nielssen, Gary Semeniuk, Saima Bukhari and Marcia Bruce

Oct. 3, 2022

Presentation at Northwest SPOR Collaborative Forum

Online, Alberta

Presenters: Ingrid Nielssen, Marcia Bruce, D’Arcy Duquette, Veronika Kiryanova, Dorothy Nelson, and Atobrhan Godlu

Sept., 2022

Presentation at the Annual Meeting, Gothenburg Person-centred Care Centre, Institute of Health and Care Sciences at the Sahlgrenska Academy

University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Presenter: Maria J. Santana

May 25, 2022

Presentation at the Canadian Donation and Transplantation Research Program, Annual Forum

Virtual meeting

Presenter: Maria J. Santana


Presentation at Sant Joan de Déu, Hospital Pediatrico Barcelona

Begonya Nafria

Presenter: Maria J. Santana

March 30, 2021

PaCER Training Program Launches

Twenty-four students join UCalgary Continuing Education Certificate in Patient and Community Engagement Research (PaCER) program, forming 4 research cohorts.


Presentation at the Aids Healthcare Foundation (AHF) Europe Bureau

Zoya Shabarova (Zoom)

Presenter: Maria J. Santana

Nov. 18, 2019

Dr. Nancy Marlett, PaCER Co-founder/Director received a Peak Scholar award  in recognition of her vision in creating PaCER. 

Oct. 29, 2019

PACER Advisory Group Member Dr. John Lacey PhD, DIC, RANS, CE, CCT, was recognized in the YYC Top 7 Over 70 for his remarkable work and achievements in the areas of the arts, health science and education.