Patient-centered research for better health and healthcare

About us

St. Mary's Hospital Center is a medium-sized community-based, McGill-affiliated hospital in the Côte-des-Neiges neighbourhood of Montreal.

Plans to develop research and teaching at St Mary’s aim to create a leading health services research and teaching facility in col­laboration with McGill and other scientific and health­care delivery organizations. 



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Our mission

  • To support and conduct high quality clinical and health services research relevant to the patients and services provided by St. Mary's;
  • To promote knowledge transfer and exchange activities to support evidence-informed decision-making in practice, management and policy;
  • To provide decision support for clinical and management leaders through quality rapid systematic reviews of scientific evidence;
  • To support the application of evidence through quality improvement and other implementation initiatives
  • To provide a high quality training program and environment for students interested in research careers

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Quick facts

  • We have 2 full-time researchers, over 20 clinican and hospital-based investigators, core research support staff (administration, project coordinators, research assistants, and statisticians), and several graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows.
  • The McGill Research Chair in Family and Community Medicine is based at St. Mary's. We are currently recruiting a McGill Chair in Community Oncology.
  • Our main areas of research expertise: mental health, primary health care, and family medicine, bio-medical informatics, clinical research, emergency services, health experiences, and quality improvement.
  • Main sources of funding: St. Mary's Hospital Center Foundation, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Fonds de recherche du Quebec - Santé, Canadian Health Services Research Foundation, Canadian Foundation for Innovation, Canada Health Infoway, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
  • The C.A.R.E. (Competition Attracting Research Excellence) program supports small projects that contribute to the development of research capacity amongst staff and clinicians at St. Mary's.
  • We have a fully accredited research ethics committee.
  • Our senior investigators participate in national and international committees, organizations and other research activities related to health services and primary care research.
  • Our research collaborations involve international partners, including USA, UK, Latin America, Australia and Kazakhstan.
  • Over 40 new studies are registered and reviewed each year by the Research Ethics Committee. On average, there are over 100 active projects at St. Mary's. 

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