Patient And Community Engagement Research (PaCER)

Patient And Community Engagement Research (PaCER)

We make an impact by training patient and community members to bring patient-informed health research evidence into health care planning, practice and policy.

PaCER learners are community members

PaCER graduates work as patient research partners


PaCER learners produce research

This research evidence brings the patient and community voice into health system planning, practice and policy.

PaCER graduates work as patient advisers

PaCER creates a new collective patient-informed research voice.



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News and Updates

March 31, 2021

PaCER 2021 Training Program Launches


Twenty-four students join UCalgary Continuing Education Certificate in Patient and Community Engagement Research (PaCER) program, forming 4 research cohorts which include: Chronic Pain, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, E-mental Health and Indigenous Life Promotion. 

Nov. 18, 2019

PaCER Founder Receives UCalgary Peak Scholar Award

Dr. Nancy Marlett, PaCER Co-founder/Director and Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies Professor at the University of Calgary, received a Peak Scholar award from the University at a ceremony on November 6, 2019. This award was in recognition of her vision in creating PaCER. UCalgary’s Peak Scholar’s program not only recognizes the works of colleagues at the University, it also aims to inspire others to pursue innovation as part of their scholarly activities.

Oct. 29, 2019

PACER Advisory Group Member Recognized with YYC Top 7 Over 70

Proof that age is just a number, Board Chair Dr. John Lacey PhD, DIC, RANS, CE, CCT, recently received a Calgary Top 7 over 70 award for his remarkable work and achievements in the areas of the arts, health science and education.

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