The Cy Frank Legacy Lectureship

The Cy Frank Legacy Lectureship honours and commemorates the late Dr. Cy Frank, an internationally acclaimed visionary who championed the application of research to create solutions for patients.

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William Ghali

The 2021 Cy Frank Legacy Lecture

The Cy Frank Legacy Lecture was hosted on September 13th with an online lecture presented by Dr. William Ghali, MD, University of Calgary Vice-President (Research) and Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences, he presented: "The Impact of Science and the Science of Impact."

Lecture description:

Researchers are being challenged to concretely define, measure, and communicate the impact(s) that they are achieving through their work. In this year's Cy Frank Lecture, Dr. Ghali will discuss the maturing field of Research Impact Assessment (RIA), the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences' RIA framework, the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), and Dr. Cy Frank's pioneering contributions to the field.   

Remembering Dr. Cy Frank

Dr. Cy Frank, MD, PhD, was an orthopaedic surgeon, scientist, long-time faculty member in the Cumming School of Medicine and one of the founders of the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health. Dr. Frank was internationally known and acclaimed for his visionary efforts to lead and champion the value of multidisciplinary clinical research and the application of this research to innovative solutions for clinical care.

At the time of his death in 2015, he was the Director and CEO of Alberta Innovates-Health Solutions. He was known to be an inspiring, empathetic, and wise leader, dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of Albertans.

Cy Frank Legacy Lectureship Endowment

The University of Calgary and the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health thanks the friends, family, and colleagues of Dr. Cy Frank who have contributed to the Cy Frank Legacy Lectureship endowment.

We continue to accept donations to ensure this lectureship can have national impact for years to come. 

Past Cy Frank Legacy Lectures

Access recordings and summaries of the past Cy Frank Legacy Lectureships.

Gillian Hawker

2020: Dr. Gillian Hawker

Dr. Gillian Hawker presents: “Osteoarthritis: A Not-So-Silent Killer” for an online lecture.

Stefan Lohmander

2019: Dr. Stefan Lohmander

Dr. Stefan Lohmander presents: "Changing the narrative: Progress and challenges of improving osteoarthritis (OA) care"

Dames Sally Davies

2018: Dame Sally Davies

Dame Sally Davies presents: "Compression of Morbidity: The Role of Big Data. Are there lessons for Canada?"

Tom Noseworthy

2017: Dr. Tom Noseworthy

Dr. Tom Noseworthy presents:  "Innovation in healthcare: Lines of sight to policy and practice"

Alan Bernstein

2016: Alan Bernstein

Dr. Alan Bernstein presents: "The Promise of Health Sciences in the 21st Century – a Revisit"

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