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Research Themes

Our institutes, centres, groups and independent research programs are committed to investigating specialized research areas that build on existing strengths and align with the strategic direction of our clinical programs. This cohesive approach ensures that research is driven by clinically relevant problems which, if solved, have the potential to be translated into more efficacious and cost-effective patient care or preventive strategies for global populations.

  • Population Health Research Institute (PHRI)

    Population Health Research Institute (PHRI)

    Themes and Programs

    The PHRI conducts trans-disciplinary cardiovascular research to improve major health outcomes in common and neglected conditions affecting Canadians and populations across the world.

    • Prevention and diabetes
    • Knowledge translation (KT)
      / Implementation science
    • Perioperative medicine / surgery
    • Global health
    • Acute coronary syndrome (ACS)
    • CANNeCTIN (Canadian Clinical Network for Clinical Trials Internationally)
    • Biobank and research laboratory
    • Arrhythmias

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  • Escarpment Cancer Research Institute (ECRI)

    Escarpment Cancer Research Institute (ECRI)

    Themes and Programs

    The ECRI is working to speed up the application of research results and improve patient care in cancer patients by embracing and growing the opportunities for synergies in research.

    • Medical and radiation oncology
    • Pathology
    • Biostatistics
    • Clinical chemistry
    • Transitional (bench-to-bedside)
    • Nursing
    • Social sciences
    • Knowledge translation
  • Thrombosis & Atherosclerosis Research Institute (TaARI)

    Thrombosis & Atherosclerosis Research Institute (TaARI)

    Themes and Programs

    Using a bench-to-bedside approach, the TaARI research team is exploring the complex interplay among genetic, environmental and stochastic factors that impair vascular health and trigger thrombosis.

    • Experimental thrombosis & atherosclerosis
    • Efficacy and safety of antithrombotic therapies
    • Interaction of cancer and thrombosis
    • Genetic and molecular epidemiology of vascular disease
    • Animal models of human disease
    • Neonatal therapies in premature infants
    • Clinical thromboembolism
    • Environmental links to pathogenesis

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  • The Offord Centre for Child Studies

    The Offord Centre for Child Studies

    Themes and Programs

    Research at the Offord Centre for Child Studies is focused on early child development and finding scientific solutions that will prevent emotional and behavioural problems in children.

    • Population-based surveys
    • Antisocial behaviour
    • Child and adolescent depression
    • Child physical abuse, neglect and bullying
    • Health of first nations and disadvantaged children
    • Improving the healthy development of children and youth with developmental disabilities
    • The prevention of domestic violence, childhood injury and maltreatment
    • Identifying early risk factors
    • Autism
    • The early years and promoting school readiness
    • School-based prevention programs
    • Promoting the mental health of children and youth
    • Contextual factors in promoting healthy developmental trajectories
    • Ensuring success of students in schools
  • Geriatric Education and Research in Aging Science

    Geriatric Education and Research in Aging Science

    Themes and Programs

    With the expertise of lead researchers in aging, the GERAS Centre is committed to the study of health issues affecting seniors and aims to turn research into action to improve quality of life for patients and their families. The Centre’s research priorities are captured in the following themes:

    • Frailty, Falls and Fractures (including Osteoporosis)
    • Dementia and Delirium
    • End of Life Care

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  • Clinical Research Laboratory and Biobank [CRLB]

    Clinical Research Laboratory and Biobank [CRLB]

    The CRLB provides high-quality storage facilities for biological samples. Presently, there are more than 3 million samples stored in nitrogen vapour at-160 to -190°C.

    Collected samples in the Biobank are linked to relevant clinical information and enable investigation of novel questions relating to diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, stroke, kidney disease, fractures and cancer.

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  • McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences

    McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences

    Themes and Programs

    The list below includes collaborative themes of research between the Faculty of Health Sciences and Hamilton Health Sciences. For a complete list of Faculty of Health Sciences research strengths, please visit: http://fhs.mcmaster.ca/main/research.html

    • Biotechnology and molecular biology
    • Brain and behavior
    • Cancer
    • Child and adult psychiatry
    • Children-at-risk
    • Educational development
    • Gastroenterology
    • Gerontology
    • Molecular virology and iImmunology
    • Cardiovascular disease, hemostasis and thrombosis
    • Health Services research
    • Hematology
    • Immunology
    • Infectious diseases
    • Molecular genetics
    • Neuroscience
    • Pediatric nutrition
    • Primary care research

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