Patient-centered research for better health and healthcare


Self-care for cancer survivors: Project CanDirect

It is common for people who have had cancer treatments to feel down, worried or stressed. Canadian care guidelines for cancer survivors recommend supporting the active engagement of survivors in their self-care.

St Mary's researchers have partnered with collaborators within the CIUSSS ODIM and beyond to evaluate the effect of a depression self-care program which includes a self-care toolkit and telephone support from a self-care coach.

People eligible for the study are 18 or over and have completed treatments (surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy) for any non-metastatic cancer. Recruitment is being conducted through health and social service centres in Montreal and Toronto, and via community cancer support groups in Quebec and Ontario. Each participant enrolled in the study will receive the CanDirect self-care toolkit, and will be followed for 6 months.

Interested individuals (cancer survivors, clinicians, community organisers or others) are invited to contact Cindy Ibberson at 514-345-3511, extension 5593 or at for more information.

You can also visit the project website or consult this pamphlet (152 KB)

St. Mary's Research Center: Grants for our researchers

Jeannie Haggerty, as Scientific Director of the Quebec Primary Care Knowledge Network, received a $ 262,500 research grant over two years from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and 9 Funds from 8 provinces. Susan Law of the St. Mary's Research Center also made a major contribution to the application. Their project ‘’Connecting primary health care, social services, public health and community supports for children and youth and older adults: Comparing policies and programs in Canada’’ will explore best practices and policies in the country and identify areas for improvement.

Supported by the St. Mary's Hospital Foundation, researchers David Wright and Susan Law received a second grant of $ 37,500 from the Gustav Levinschi Foundation to continue their research project entitled ‘’End-of-life experiences’’.

The Drummond Foundation awarded a $ 25,000 grant to Sylvie Lambert for her research project named "Older adults with a chronic physical condition and comorbid depression and their family caregivers: Partners in the co-design of a dyadic self-care depression intervention.




2016-2017 Research Centre Seminars

Next seminars

May 9, 2017 from 12:00-13:00 at the Auditorium B


Pilot study of an information and support intervention for family caregivers of older adults at hospital discharge

Dr. Jane McCusker, MD, DrPH, Principal Scientist. St. Mary’s Research Centre and Professor Emerita, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, McGill University


A St. Mary’s-McGill Café Scientifique

Rendezvous Art & Science: Mental Health in the community

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:30pm

Maison de la culture, 5290 chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Montreal, QC H3T 1Y2

Program: Dance, film, patient stories, community perspectives, and discussion about mental health

This event will bring together research on mental health issues, patient perspectives, and the use of arts-based approaches (dance and film) to stimulate discussion about problems and solutions related to living with mental health problems. Specifically we aim to promote awareness of mental health issues ‘in the community’, including issues of social integration and isolation, as well as access to healthcare, through understanding the perspectives of people with lived experience of mental health problems and those that care for them.

Moderator Loreen Pindera, CBC Journalist

Researchers Rob Whitley, Douglas Mental Health Institute and Joel Montanez, St. Mary's Research Centre

Dance Performance Jane Mappin and Daniel Firth

Peer Support Expert: Frances Skerritt, Wellington Centre

Click here for the poster

Bilingual free event. Everyone welcome!

RSVP by May 2nd 2017 to: Kim Tardif at

Hosted by Susan Law, Principal Scientist, St. Mary’s Research Centre,
Associate Professor, McGill Family Medicine

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