The Northern Alberta Primary Care Research Network (NAPCReN) is a multidisciplinary collaboration of researchers and clinicians who are working together to improve practice by evaluating and addressing questions that arise from clinical practice. NAPCReN includes primary care clinics located in urban and rural areas of northern Alberta. NAPCReN supports research relevant to the primary care setting, with a wide range of studies relating to topics such as chronic condition surveillance, management, prevention and screening.Our office is located in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta.The NAPCReN Steering committee provides guidance on key issues, including policy and strategic advice.  The Steering committee also reviews and approves research requests.


Clinical Director CPCSSN | Dr. Donna Manca BMSc, MD, FCFP, MCISc

Dr. Manca is a Professor and Director of Research in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta. She is the Clinical Director of NAPCReN which contributes data to CPCSSN. She is the Co-Founder of the BETTER Program (Building on Existing Tools to Improve Chronic Disease Prevention and Screening in Primary Care) and the Medical Director of The BETTER Prevention Practitioner Training Institute. Her research interests include primary care, privacy, ethics, research networks, chronic disease prevention, screening and management, quality improvement and implementation science.


University of Alberta | Department of Family Medicine, University Terrace, Room 610

8303 – 112 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 2T4

Primary Contact

Research Coordinator | Kim Duerksen


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Website | napcren.ca