In honour of International Clinical Trials Day 2015 – the researchers that make them happen, the companies that sponsor them, the patients who partake, and the organizations that provide infrastructure for their safe and effective execution – HealthCareCAN is pleased to offer this webpage consolidating access to the Clinical Trial information webpages of its members. These are the organizations where a large percentage of the country’s clinical trials take place*.
*Presented by province from West to East.
Clinical studies are designed to answer health questions, add to medical knowledge and help researchers develop new approaches to the treatment, diagnosis and prevention of disease or conditions.
The many British Columbians who participate in and support our studies are valued research partners. PHSA actively cultivates an environment in which clinical questions drive new research and where the knowledge we gain from research shapes how we provide care.
The dynamic and diverse research community at VCHRI creates opportunities for new scientific knowledge and its translation into improved health outcomes for British Columbians. Our health research, including clinical trials, also has economic benefits through the creation of new jobs, technology transfer and the development of a new generation of innovative leaders.
Island Health conducts both investigator-initiated and industry-sponsored clinical trials of investigational therapies and approaches for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease. Principal Investigators work across a wide range of medical specialties.
Alberta Health Services recognizes clinical trials as an essential clinical research priority. A strong research focus leads to greater capacity for evidence-informed decision-making to advance Alberta’s health care system and to ensure the effective use of resources. Alberta Health Services partners with industry sponsors, academic groups and researchers to deliver efficient, high quality and innovative clinical trial programs.
The Kunin-Lunenfeld Applied and Evaluative Research Unit (KLAERU) provides resources and expertise to support clinical, evaluative and translational research at Baycrest.
The Bruyère Research Institute will be recognized nationally as the source of relevant, practical and leading-edge knowledge for those seeking answers to applied health research questions in primary care, continuing care and palliative care.
Clinician-scientists at CAMH study the causes, assessment, treatment and prevention of mental health and addictions disorders. Through collaboration and cross-appointments, clinician-scientists also conduct studies in brain imaging, genetics, molecular science, and social and epidemiological research.
Clinical research at CHEO is about improving health outcomes in children and youth through studies of new therapies, prevention strategies and health services delivery. The Clinical Research Unit (CRU) is a team of highly experienced research professionals whose goal is to support and enable high quality clinical research at CHEO.
As the Juravinski Cancer Centre (JCC) is affiliated with McMaster University, JCC oncologists are involved in research through the conduct of clinical trials. Through participation in a clinical trial, patients and their families have the opportunity to access the newest ideas about controlling cancer and are able to partner with researchers in contributing to progress in cancer research.
The Bloorview Research Institute is recognized in Canada and around the world for its unique client population and leadership in the field of childhood disability. The Research Institute brings together a multi-disciplinary team of scientists who work collaboratively with clinical staff, clients, and families to generate clinically-linked and applied pediatric rehabilitation research.
Kingston General Hospital houses the clinical trials department of the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario (CCSEO). Clinical trials are an integral part of cancer care and provide very important knowledge to improve cancer treatment and cancer care for current and future patients. The majority of trials are undertaken on an ambulatory care basis at the cancer centre.
The Lawson Health Research Institute (Lawson) is the research institute of London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care London. Clinical research and clinical trials are a vital part of health care. The specific goals of clinical research include determining the effectiveness and safety of a new drug, device, or natural health product, as well as studying interventions that improve the quality of life of our patient.
A clinical trial is a type of research study performed on human participants with the intent of discovering new medications, new treatment strategies (e.g. surgical techniques) and new diagnosis techniques (e.g. a new bio-assay) to improve patients’ health and their quality of life.
A clinical trial is a research study designed to investigate new drugs or devices to see if they work and if they are safe. All prescription medications available today have gone through clinical studies. Because of this research, we now have new, more effective treatments for hundreds of diseases.
A clinical study helps our researchers better understand and improve treatment involving medication or medical devices for people with mental illness. These studies may provide scientists with new and improved ways to prevent, detect, identify, manage, and treat mental illness and substance use.
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton is an academic research community focused on improving the quality of life for our patients and community members, as well as those diagnosed with a diverse range of medical conditions around the world.
Applied Health Research Centre (AHRC) supports clinical research activities at St. Michael’s and beyond. The mission of the AHRC is to advance patient care through meaningful clinical research involving human subjects.
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre has a large and diverse research scope that includes clinical trials, which are important to all research and clinical programs at Sunnybrook. Sunnybrook is involved in all types and phases of clinical trials.
One third of the research conducted at SickKids Research Institute is clinical research. Clinical research is patient-oriented research, and includes mechanisms of human disease, therapeutic interventions, clinical trials, the development of new technologies as well as epidemiologic and behavioral research, outcomes research and health services research.
Clinical research helps us answer questions about health and medical care. It helps researchers develop new approaches to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease, and it helps health care providers determine which approaches are best for which patients. Clinical research often involves clinical trials – research studies in human volunteers designed to answer specific health questions.
Thunder Bay, ON
Companies and institutions that partner with the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre are leading the way in health innovation. They include Canada’s top R&D leaders and international partners in cardiology, oncology, orthopedics, and nephrology.
Companies that partner with McGill University are at the forefront of technology innovation. They include many of Canada’s top R&D corporate innovation leaders and a large number of international partners.
Health research is a core component of Horizon Health Network’s mission. We facilitate and promote research opportunities throughout the region and provide services to our health-care professionals. From submitting study applications to sharing research results, our goal is to provide guidance and services for applied health and clinical trials research.
Research optimizes health care services and the health of the population by capitalizing on:
- Scientific and technological innovation;
- Educational programs;
- The expertise of health professionals.
The IWK Health Centre is respected for its world-class research into disorders and diseases affecting women, children, youth and families and is home to many leading research centres. Conducting clinical research, inspiring innovation and translating knowledge are a few ways the culture of research at the IWK supports our partners and improves patient care.
Through its research mandate, the Nova Scotia Health Authority looks for new treatments, cures, processes and practices with more than 1,200 projects currently underway.
St. John’s, NL
A clinical trial is a study to evaluate better ways to prevent, detect, or treat cancer, or better ways to treat the symptoms of cancer. Cancer treatments that are used today were developed and tested first as a clinical trial.