Opportunities - Transforming Coronary Artery Disease Patient Care with Artificial Intelligence and Big Data

Transforming Coronary Artery Disease Patient Care with Artificial Intelligence and Big Data


This opportunity, through the University of Calgary, is looking to recruit 2-3 patient partners and 2-3 caregivers or family members of those living with Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) to be part of an Advisory Committee that will meet twice a year for 2.5 years.  Along with physicians, hospital administrators, and industry partners, the Advisory Committee will oversee and steer this important project aimed to improve the lives of those living with CAD, their caregivers, and family members.



Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the leading cause of death across the world. Although several treatments are available for CAD, it is challenging to choose the best treatment for each unique CAD patient. A rich research data set called APPROACH has been collecting data from CAD patients in Alberta since 1995. It contains a wealth of information that artificial intelligence (AI) can turn into useful decision support information for CAD patients, their family members, and medical doctors.

This research project will put together a team of heart doctors, AI experts, health researchers, hospital administrators, an industry partner, and patients and their family members to come up with an AI system that can provide useful CAD treatment recommendations based on APPROACH. The involvement of the AI system’s ultimate users (patients and their family members, heart doctors, hospital administrators) throughout the project will ensure that the system has the best chance of being actually used in CAD patient care. The successful completion of this project will set the stage for real implementation of the AI system at hospitals and a clinical trial.


Roles and Responsibilities

Patient partners, their caregivers and family members will engage as equal members of the Advisory Committee to inform and oversee the project. Committee members will be able to connect by either video conference or telephone. All meeting materials will be circulated via email, however, we plan to meet in person once the pandemic is over.


Time Commitment

This project is anticipated to start April 1, 2021 and last 2.5 years.

Meetings will be held twice per year and are expected to be 2-3 hours long.



This is strictly a volunteer opportunity.

Reimbursement will be provided for all travel and other expenses that may occur.


For further information or to apply please contact:

Ingrid Nielssen

Patient Engagement Coordinator, AbSPORU Patient Engagement Platform