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CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research

Web: CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research

Research programs at CanChild concentrate on children and youth with disabilities and their families within the context of the communities in which they live. The focus of research conducted by CanChild is broad, and includes children and youth with physical, developmental, and/or communicative needs who require rehabilitation services, as well as their families.

Centre for Evaluation of Medicines

Web: Centre for Evaluation of Medicines

The Centre for Evaluation of Medicines is a multi-disciplinary resource that provides expertise in clinical pharmacology and toxicology, economics, health policies, behavioral sciences, information technology, research design and biostatistics. The CEM is a neutral and objective source for information and leading edge analyses in the fields of therapeutics and health policy interventions.

Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA)

Web: Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA)

The Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA) is an interdisciplinary research centre that is committed to producing high-quality, original, socially relevant research in health economics and health policy analysis, and to disseminating research evidence to decision makers in the health sector. Research spans a broad range of topics, check out their website for more details.

Chanchlani Research Centre

Web: Chanchlani Research Centre

The Chanchlani Research Centre is dedicated to understanding the genetic and environmental causes of common diseases among diverse cultural groups, women and the socially disadvantaged while providing innovative training to the next generation of health researchers.

Clarity Research

Web: Clarity Research

CLARITY represents the formal alliance of a group of researchers who have enjoyed a long-standing and fruitful collaboration.  The seven CLARITY faculty members — Gordon Guyatt, Brian Haynes, Deborah Cook, Maureen Meade, PJ Devereaux, Holger Schünemann and Mohit Bhandari — participated in an inaugural group meeting in 2003. Through formal collaboration, Clarity's clinical advances through research and information translation has been pivotal in creating a renewed sense of spirit, vision and commitment.

Web: Escarpment Cancer Research Institute (ECRI)

The Escarpment Cancer Research Institute (ECRI) has become a reality with the support and vision of many people. The ECRI brings together well-established and successful cancer research groups, as well as newly established ones, from McMaster University, Hamilton Health Sciences, and the Juravinski Cancer Centre, with promise to embrace and grow the opportunities for synergies in cancer research.

Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute

Web: Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute

The Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute is an integrated group of clinical and basic scientists dedicated to understanding the causes of chronic digestive diseases. The institute is focused on developing new strategies for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of intestinal diseases such as Crohn's disease and colitis, which will have global benefits.

Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health

Web: Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health

The Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health is a world class respiratory program providing comprehensive patient care, research and education. The program is comprised of an outpatient service, an inpatient unit managing severe or chronic respiratory diseases and the regional thoracic (chest) surgery program.

McMaster Healthcare Grading and Recommendations (GRADE) Centre (MacGRADE)

Web: GRADE

The McMaster GRADE center provides assistance and leadership for international organizations requiring support with GRADE related activity, guideline methodology and guideline implementation. MacGRADE is a go-to centre for the many groups at McMaster University that focus on systematic reviews when requests for integrating systematic reviews with guidelines. The McMaster GRADE centre provides methodological support and expertise in processes that involve guideline development. This includes support for numerous organizations around the world including the lead for McMaster guideline development activities such as for the World Allergy Organization, the National Hemophilia Foundation and the American Society of Hematology. The centre is responsible for the Cochrane GRADEing Methods Group and is closely affiliated with the Cochrane Canada Centre at McMaster and the McMaster WHO Collaborating Center for Evidence-informed policy making.

Hamilton Centre for Kindney Research

Web: Hamilton Centre for Kidney Research

The Hamilton Centre for Kidney Research (HCKR) is directly affiliated with the Department of Medicine's Division of Nephrology, which is located at St. Joseph's Healthcare. The mandate of the HCKR is to combine expertise in clinical and basic research to reduce the risk of kidney disease and its complications. St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton is a fully-accredited teaching hospital and academic health sciences centre affiliated with McMaster University.

Health Information Research Unit (HIRU)

Web: Health Information Research Unit (HIRU)

The Health Information Research Unit (HIRU) conducts research in the field of health information science and is dedicated to the generation of new knowledge about the nature of health and clinical information problems, the development of new information resources to support evidence-based health care, and the evaluation of various innovations in overcoming health care information problems.

McMaster Immunology Research Centre

McMaster Immunology Research Centre

The mission of the McMaster Immunology Research Centre is to investigate, create and implement approaches utilizing the delivery of genes as therapeutic agents in the treatment of human and animal disease. The Centre is focused on developing novel cures for cancer, inflammatory diseases and infectious diseases using state-of-the-art gene transfer technology coupled with the most recent information derived from the application of genomics.

McMaster Institute for Surgical Invention, Innovation and Education

Web: McMaster Institute for Surgical Invention, Innovation and Education

A McMaster Institute for Surgical Invention, Innovation and Education was established in 2005. Offered jointly by the Faculty of Health Sciences and St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, the research institute includes the Centre for Minimal Access Surgery (CMAS). The institute provides state of the art facilities, education and training in minimally invasive procedures for surgeons and nurses. The facility promotes and supports world-class research into outcome and development of new minimally invasive procedures. CMAS has developed a unique partnership with industry to further the development and application of minimally invasive surgical technique.

McMaster Institute of Urology at St. Joseph's Healthcare

The McMaster Institute of Urology at St. Joseph's Healthcare is a template for the development of a surgical division in the new millennium. It provides excellence in patient care, research and education. The institute been developed with the idea of involving allied health professions, especially nursing in the care of these patients.

McMaster Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute (SCC-RI)

Web: McMaster Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute (SCC-RI)

The McMaster Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute (SCC-RI) will investigate the parallels between the behavior of human stem cells and the initiation of human cancer. This research has the potential to alleviate the suffering of patients-and save lives-through the development of therapies to repair or replace healthy cells damaged by disease and by studying human stem cells in pre-clinical models that include the testing of new cancer drugs. The fundamental stem cell research being conducted at the SCC-RI will also open up exciting possibilities for biomedical applications including new gene and drug discovery, particularly for conditions such as Leukemia and other cancers, Parkinson's, diabetes, Alzheimer's and spinal cord injury.

McMaster Transfusion Research Program (MTRP)

Web: McMaster Transfusion Research Program (MTRP)

The McMaster Transfusion Research Program (MTRP) is a joint partnership between the Canadian Blood Services (CBS) and McMaster University, Faculty of Health Sciences. MTRP is dedicated to the advancement of innovative evidence-based diagnostic, clinical, and therapeutic practices in Transfusion Medicine. Their ultimate goal is to provide scientific evidence that will inform transfusion practice and enhance the safety of blood recipients.

Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research (IIDR)

Web: Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research (IIDR)

The Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research (IIDR) was established in 2007 through an unprecedented gift from Michael G. DeGroote. The IIDR is founded on principles of interdisciplinary collaboration, research excellence, and commitment to training the next generations of infectious disease researchers and clinicians. The IIDR members are from 3 Faculties and 8 Departments at McMaster University. Over 180 Graduate students, post-doctoral and clinical fellows research various programs funded by provincial, national, and international peer reviewed agencies as well as the private sector.

Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care

Web: Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care

As a result of the DeGroote family gift, a world-class Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care has been be created at McMaster to focus the clear, piercing light of science and medicine on this age-old problem. Encompassing an array of technologies, disciplines and specialties, the institute explores the causes of a number of different types of pain, develop new strategies for its prevention, diagnosis and management and develop innovative care for patients.

Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre (NPC)

Web: Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre (NPC)

The Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre (NPC) was established in 2010 through a generous gift from Michael G. DeGroote. The centre draws on McMaster's expertise in evidence-based medicine to identify, collate, review, revise, update and develop clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of chronic pain. Guidelines will then be disseminated, using best practice techniques of knowledge translation.

National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT)

Web: National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT)

The National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT), hosted by McMaster University's School of Nursing, is one of six National Collaborating Centres funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada. The mission of NCCMT is to improve access to and use of evidence-based methods and tools in public health policy and practice.

Nursing Education Research Unit (NERU)

Web: Nursing Education Research Unit (NERU)

The Nursing Education Research Unit (NERU) began in January 1995 and is a part of the McMaster University School of Nursing. Their purpose is to promote, foster and conduct educational research, in particular, nursing education research in order to enhance the teaching and learning process.

Nursing Health Services Research Unit (NRU)

Web: Nursing Health Services Research Unit (NRU)

The Nursing Effectiveness, Utilization and Outcomes Research Unit (NRU) is a collaborative project of the University of Toronto, Faculty of Nursing and McMaster University, School of Nursing that has been recognized internationally, nationally, and provincially for their comprehensive team approach to problem identification and resolution.

Offord Centre for Child Studies

Web: Offord Centre for Child Studies

The Offord Centre for Child Studies is researching why some young people are able to overcome enormous obstacles and grow up to be well-adjusted and productive adults whereas others cannot. The Centre is also developing, implementing and assessing a number of promising, cost-effective, early interventions to treat and prevent destructive emotional and behavioural problems in our children and youth.

Population Genomics Program (PGP)

Web: Population Genomics Program (PGP)

The Population Genomics Program (PGP) mobilizes McMaster's expertise and resources in population health, genomics, clinical trials and health-research methodology to investigate the influences of gene-gene and gene-environment interactions on disease. It fosters interdisciplinary collaborations among clinical researchers and basic scientists to marshal new insights and discoveries in the burgeoning field of population genomics at McMaster.

Population Health Research Institute (PHRI)

Web: Population Health Research Institute (PHRI)

The Population Health Research Institute (PHRI) provides a forum for the conduct of large international clinical trials, population health studies, and studies in outcomes research. While its primary role is to provide leadership in international health research, the PHRI also plays an active role in the education of individual researchers, and in building capacity internationally for the development of global research programs.

Program for Educational Research and Development (PERD)

Web: Program for Educational Research and Development (PERD)

The Program for Educational Research and Development (PERD) is a component of the Academic Services unit of the Faculty of Health Sciences, dedicated to the advancement of research and scholarship in health sciences education in the faculty, the university and beyond.

Supportive Cancer Care Research Unit

Web: Supportive Cancer Care Research Unit

The Supportive Cancer Care Research Unit is committed to the improvement of supportive care services provided to cancer patients and their families through research, and research transfer activities. The ongoing research carried out by the Unit significantly enhances the identification of supportive care needs of cancer patients and facilitates the development, evaluation, and coordination of supportive care services to help meet those needs.

Surgical Outcomes Research Centre (SOURCE)

Web: Surgical Outcomes Research Centre (SOURCE)

The Surgical Outcomes Research Centre (SOURCE) was founded in 1996 when a need was recognized to increase the amount and quality of surgical outcomes. SOURCE currently has 39 members from four Hamilton hospitals, and is providing research assistant resources for start-up projects for its members. Other SOURCE activities include an evidence-based surgery article series published in the Canadian Journal of Surgery and the evidence-based surgery training workshops.

System Linked Research Unit

Web: System Linked Research Unit

The System Linked Research Unit is a group of university-based researchers and community partners dedicated to creating new solutions for problems that challenge health and social services. The research team is based at McMaster University. The Unit was launched in 1991, with funding from the Ontario Ministry of Health (now Health and Long-Term Care), to test out new and innovative ways of delivering health and social services for vulnerable people.

Thrombosis & Atherosclerosis Research Institute (TaARI)

Web: Thrombosis & Atherosclerosis Research Institute (TaARI)

The Thrombosis & Atherosclerosis Research Institute (TaARI) (formerly the Henderson Research Centre) was established in 1988 as a joint initiative of the Hamilton Civic Hospitals (now part of the Hamilton Health Sciences) and McMaster University. Its mission is to conduct research into the pathogenesis, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of thrombosis and vascular disease and to provide a resource for key areas of research as outlined in the mission statement of the Hamilton Health Sciences.

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