The Cy Frank Legacy Lectureship

An annual event that 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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The 2021 Cy Frank Lecture

We hosted the Cy Frank Lecture on Monday, September 13th with an online lecture  delivered 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:

The pursuit of impact has always been an implicit objective of scientific endeavors. There is now, however, a growing societal interest in making the implicit explicit. 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.   


William Ghali

Speaker Biography

Dr. William Ghali was appointed Vice-President (Research) effective March 1, 2020.

Dr. Ghali is a world-class researcher and Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary. Dr. Ghali is also a physician, specializing in General Internal Medicine (MD (1990) - University of Calgary, FRCP(C) (1994)) - Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario), and completed methodological training in health services research and epidemiology at the Boston University School of Public Health (MPH, 1995). Dr. Ghali was formally the scientific director of the O’Brien Institute for Public Health at the University of Calgary.

Dr. Ghali has held millions of dollars of peer-reviewed research funding from a number of agencies through his research program, focused on evaluating and improving health system performance for better patient outcomes and improved system efficiency. He has held a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Health Services Research for two five-year periods and has published more than 420 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

He is a Fellow of both the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and the Royal Society of Canada. He was featured by the Globe and Mail in April 2012 as the Canadian public health researcher with the highest publication H-index, and has also been named in the Thomson-Reuters listing of the top 1% of most highly cited researchers by discipline. He is co-director of the University of Calgary World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre in Disease Classifications and Health Information.

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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