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Sandra Zelinsky

External Advisory Board

Sandra Zelinsky,
Patient Engagement Advisor

Sandra Zelinsky is a graduate of the Patient and Community Engagement Research program, University of Calgary and a trainer for the National Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) Foundational Curriculum. She is a member of the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR), Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) review committee where she uses her expertise in Patient Oriented Research to review SPOR research proposals for grant funding. She is using her research skills to advance Patient Oriented Research and was recognized by the Canadian Patient Safety Institute as a Patient Safety Champion for her work on a PaCER study done on behalf of Alberta Health Services. Her work in research has provided her the opportunity to present at several National and International conferences as well as to chair and/or co-chair at various conferences and meetings. She is currently a Patient Engagement Researcher on 4 different studies (including as a Co-Lead Patient Engagement Researcher on the National Chronic Disease Network Study IMAGINE) and a Patient Partner for The Methods Hub at the University of Calgary. Most recently, she co-authored a published article for the British Medical Journal. It is her experience of living with Crohn’s disease for the past 24 years and as a breast cancer survivor that inspires and motivates her to work in Patient Oriented Research with the goal of bringing the patient perspective, experience and voice to health research.