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In 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) resolution identified sepsis as a global health priority, urging “member states and the WHO director-general to take specific actions to reduce the burden of sepsis through improved prevention, diagnosis and management”.

In response to this resolution, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) funded Sepsis Canada – a single nationally coordinated research network to further understand the causes of sepsis, improve the prevention, detection, and management of sepsis, and support recovery and rehabilitation from this disease. Our network brings together 278 experts from different disciplines working collaboratively on various projects under an integrated and unified research program.


A map showing Canada, a few logos of partner organizations and how many members we have


Vision & Mission


Our guiding vision is “Suspect Sepsis, Save Lives, Support Recovery.” To carry out this vision, we have brought together a multidisciplinary team of researchers, healthcare professionals, patient partners, and trainees to collaborate and reduce the burden of sepsis for all Canadians.

Specifically, we will advance research on the following focus areas:

  • Understand the causes of sepsis;
  • Improve the prevention, detection, identification, and management of sepsis;
  • Improve rehabilitation after sepsis and
  • Educate the next generation of sepsis researchers

Learn more about Sepsis Canada’s focus areas and its 5-year strategic plan on the research page.

Diagram showing Sepsis Canada's Mission, Vision, Core Values and Focus Areas

Core Values

a person helping another person Capacity Building: Through the acquisition and retention of skills, knowledge, and attitudes, we will support Sepsis Canada members in reaching their potential.


Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity: We will promote a network that embraces and respects individuals' uniqueness, represents Canada's diversity, and creates equitable access to opportunities for all.


Knowledge Exchange: We will transform existing and new knowledge generated into better policies, practices, procedures, products, and services for sepsis care across Canada.


Patient and Family Partnerships: Patients and families have travelled the sepsis journey firsthand. They know best where research and care priorities exist. We will engage patients and families as partners in the research we do.


Communication and Collaboration: We will leverage communication platforms to unite network researchers and communities from across Canada. We will forge partnerships and promote collaboration between individuals and teams with unique expertise as we work towards a common mission.


Research Excellence: We will design, conduct, and implement high-quality, transparent, rigorous, and impactful sepsis research.


Medical Disclaimer

Information available on or through the Sepsis Canada website is solely for informational purposes. If you have questions about information available on or through his website and how it pertains to your care or treatment, we recommend that you speak with a healthcare provider.