Action on Sepsis is a transdisciplinary group tackling the complex issue of sepsis prevention, diagnosis, management, and long-term care across the human lifespan.

Our network brings together clinicians, researchers, public end users, and health care policymakers to engage in impactful research, to create innovative diagnostics and therapeutics, and to increase visibility of sepsis as a critical local and global health issue.

Our cluster has been supported by the Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters competition since 2019. Our cluster works to further sepsis research and reduce the burden of sepsis through three main themes:

  1. Building Health Literacy to Enhance Prevention
  2. Advancing Precision Medicine for Sepsis
  3. Understanding Epidemiology & Improving Care for Post-Sepsis Syndrome

These themes were identifed with input of members and stakeholders, including our Patient Advisory Council, during our 2020 Strategic Planning Workshop. Each of these themes will bring together researchers exploring sepsis across the lifespan in both high- and low-resource settings to foster collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and cross-pollination.

Our Vision

Our long-term goal is to become the leading centre for research excellence in sepsis, provincially, nationally, and globally. We aim to develop, evaluate, and commercialize new sepsis therapeutics and provide evidence-based, practical recommendations that address medical, behavioural, and social issues impacting sepsis. We will provide this evidence to policy makers, health care professionals, global health organizations, and governments, thereby enabling them to transition discoveries to real world implementation. In doing so, we will increase knowledge of sepsis both locally and globally. We apply lessons learned from BC and share them in a collaborative exchange with others worldwide, while applying the lessons learned abroad to address health inequities that exist within Canada.

First Nations land acknowledegement

Action on Sepsis operates on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples — xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We invite everyone to reflect on the traditional territories and land that they currently work and live on.

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