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Our students have the opportunity to pursue their research in internationally known, state-of-the-art research centers centers located on the McMaster campus and at affiliated teaching hospitals including St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, Juravinski Hospital and Hamilton General Hospital, as well as participate in the unique research programs listed below.


The Brain-Body Institute (BBI) is a joint research initiative between St. Joseph's Healthcare, Hamilton, and McMaster University and was created to advance the understanding of relations between the brain, the nervous system and bodily disorders. Clinical and basic scientists in this multidisciplinary Institute study the interaction and impact of environmental factors, including stress, early life experiences and early microbial exposure on the brain and nervous system.

McMaster Immunology Research 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. Working as a team, our scientists and clinicians will ensure a world-class institute boasting cutting-edge research facilities and provide the most up-to-date medical solutions for the people of Southern Ontario and Canada.

The Father Sean O'Sullivan Research Centre was established in 1993 by St. Joseph's Hospital in Hamilton and is affiliated with the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University. The Centre has developed world-class research programs in the areas of chest & lung, optimal drug therapy, urology & nephrology and musculoskeletal research.

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.

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.

The Hamilton Centre for Kidney Research (HCKR) is directly affiliated with the Department of Medicine’s Division of Nephrology 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.

The mission of the Thrombosis and Atherosclerosis Research Institute (TaARI) is “to reduce death and disability from thrombotic diseases by conducting research into the pathogenesis, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of thrombosis and vascular disease”

The Juravinski Cancer Centre is the most comprehensive centre for cancer care and research in the Central South/Central West region. In addition to providing radiation and chemotherapy treatment for patients, the Juravinski Cancer Centre provides a wide variety of services including genetic and psychosocial counseling, nutritional services and education to help patients and their families. The Centre is actively involved in laboratory research and clinical trials to discover and apply better treatment methods for cancer.

The McMaster Institute for Healthier Environments includes among its aims to promote research on environments and health at McMaster, across a broad spectrum of topics, including new fields, such as built environments, socio-economic effect modification and health supportive environments policy.

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.

As a result of the DeGroote family gift, the world-class Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care has been created at McMaster to focus the clear, piercing light of science and medicine on the age-old problem of how to alleviate pain. Encompassing an array of technologies, disciplines and specialties, the institute will explore 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.

The Centre for Metabolism, Obesity and Diabetes Research is focused on translating world leading basic science into clinical practice to improve the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of metabolic diseases in children and adults across the lifespan