Education Streams

The NSHA Research Education Program has organized its educational offerings into three main streams. Topics are based on needs and demand from the research community. Sessions are available in person or remotely* from September to June annually and sessions dates/times/subjects are available for registration on our Eventbrite page.

Supports & Services for Researchers

These sessions are designed to provide essential detailed information on the various services and supports available to NSHA researchers and staff, essentially for new staff, new researchers or clinician scientists. In addition to meeting Research Services members and understanding the administrative tasks they provide, some sessions provide specific support for other research related responsibilities such as the Research Ethics Board or Lab Shared Services.

Sample topics include: 

  • Ethics Application & Reporting
  • Contracts & Grants
  • Finance

Building Research Capacity

These session topics have a broad scope to appeal to the diverse needs of NSHA’s research community; from the novice researcher to the experienced researcher looking for a refresher on a particular topic. The presenters are local researchers who are excellent presenters and offer expertise in particular research topics. 

Sample topics include: 

  • Quantitative Data Collection and Analysis
  • Research Designs
  • Getting Published

Research Standards and Regulations

This stream provides continuing education and professional development opportunities with presentations on various regulations and standards to ensure team members are appropriately qualified and comply with applicable local, national and international requirements. Evidence of training for some of these topics** is required by Health Canada and the FDA. These sessions are most relevant to those working on or conducting clinical trials especially if the trial involves an unapproved intervention (drug, device and/or natural health product).

Sample topics: 

  • Informed Consent
  • Audit Findings
  • ICH-Good Clinical Practices
    • **ICH-GCP training is required by Health Canada for investigators and research team members who are working on clinical trials involving drugs or natural health products. In addition to this, Health Canada also expects investigators and research teams be trained on Division 5 if they are working drug trials. Training options are available. Face to face sessions are offered as requested.  Online training is also available for NSHA employees, REB members, staff physicians or affiliate scientists. Click here to register for online training (first time users must choose “register” and set up an account).

The Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA - www.SOCRA.org ) accepts documentation of candidate participation in continuing education programs for recertification if the program is applicable to clinical research regulations, operations or management, or to the candidate’s clinical research therapeutic area. Sessions in the Research Standards and Regulations stream can offer up to 1 hour of SOCRA Continuing Education credit.


*Participants can join sessions remotely from their computers via Lync/Skype for Business, provided they register beforehand, have Lync/Skype for Business installed and appropriate hardware available.

Note: Some post-session recordings are also available for viewing on the NSHA Vimeo Channel.

Disclaimer: These videos are for review purposes only. Viewing these videos online is not eligible for recognition or credit (such as SOCRA). In order to receive recognition or credit, you must pre-register and attend the session at the time it is offered. Remote real-time participation is possible but you must be pre-registered. Best viewed on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer 11+

Contact(s): Program Manager: Andrea Dean, 902-473-2118, andrea.dean@nshealth.ca