The goal of the Office of Research is to advance the academic and research mission of Windsor Regional Hospital, and as part of the broader initiatives to enhance health research capacity in Windsor-Essex. Through our partnerships with WE-SPARK Health Institute, its partners, and the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, we are working to build research infrastructure at WRH to facilitate and promote research and equip researchers for success.
The Office of Research contributes to the robust growth of a health research system in Windsor-Essex that will ensure that our community attracts the best talent and has access to the latest improvements in clinical care.
As the centralized resource for all clinicians and students interested in research at Windsor Regional Hospital, the OoR supports and participates in the start-up, maintenance, and promotion of all research activity across both sites. This work includes:
Reporting to the Medical Advisory Committee and the WRH Board of Directors, the Office of Research team completes our work with guidance from the Academic Research Committee, a subcommittee of the Medical Advisory Committee, and in collaboration with the WRH Research Ethics Board.
The Office of Research also achieves it's goals through our partnership with WE-SPARK Health Institute. WE-SPARK is an innovative partnership between Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, St. Clair College, University of Windsor, and Windsor Regional Hospital, bringing together health research and healthcare strengths across Windsor-Essex. WE-SPARK supports the academic and research mission at WRH by facilitating collaborations between researchers at partner sites, providing access to research resources and training for our local researchers, and supporting the communication and celebration of local research successes to the broader Windsor-Essex community.
All-new research projects to be conducted at Windsor Regional
Hospital require a feasibility review by the Office of Research via the
submission of a Research Intake Form
prior to submission of an ethics application to any Research Ethics
Board, including WRH REB. You may also submit your draft REB application forms or a copy of your study protocol in place of the Research Intake Form to initiate the review. This intake process ensures the project can be
supported with the resources available at WRH while also facilitating
any project start-up from administrative and regulatory support through
to full study support. Our feasibility review embeds into the process
the completion of the Departmental Impact review(s) which are required
for your WRH REB application. All research projects conducted at WRH
must also include a WRH Site Investigator (i.e. clinical staff
investigator) who will be responsible for the oversight of the research
project. Once this Research Intake review is complete and approved, the
project can be submitted for REB review. View the Research Intake
Process flowchart below.
For research projects that require both WRH REB and
UWindsor REB approval, the WRH REB application forms and documents may
be submitted to UWindsor REB.
You can find all WRH REB application documents on the WRH Research Ethics page.
For REB applications to Central REBs: WRH is a participating site for REB applications to Clinical Trials
Ontario (CTO) and Ontario Cancer Research Ethics Board (OCREB). To submit an application to CTO, you must first receive approval from WRH REB to use a delegated REB for the project. This approval is facilitated by the Office of Research. Once Research Intake and WRH REB approval are complete, applications submitted to CTO or OCREB will require sign-off in CTO Stream by both the Office of Research and WRH's Institutional Representative. You can find the WRH's SRERS Administration form on CTO's Participating Sites webpage. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your study protocol and provincial CTO approval to initiate the review process.
Through our partnerships with WE-SPARK Health Institute and Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry - Windsor Campus, there are funding programs targeted to WRH researchers:
All research grants/funding awarded must flow through WRH via the Office of Research. Submit your grant/funding award letter and original funding application to email@example.com.
Below are general on-boarding steps for students who are interested in becoming involved in research at Windsor Regional Hospital, either for non-paid academic placement or volunteer experience. (Note: students completing paid co-op placements are to be on-boarded through Human Resources).
· Step 1: Students are responsible for finding a WRH Site Investigator (i.e. clinician) who is able to supervise them and the prospective research project at WRH. Students must also have appropriate academic supervision of their research project at their home institution, where applicable.
· Step 2: Students must inform Office of Research once WRH Site Investigator and research project are confirmed. Office of Research then forwards student contact information to either Student Registrar (academic placement students) or Volunteer Services Manager (student volunteers) to initiate onboarding process.
· Step 3: Student Registrar/Volunteer Services Manager contacts students to distribute on-boarding paperwork and discuss the registration requirements and guidelines, including health screenings, record checks, corporate and research-specific training. Students must complete online WRH Research Training Submission form for review by Office of Research using the following link: link coming soon!
· Step 4: Once cleared to start placement, Student Registrar/Volunteer Services Manager submits access requests on students’ behalf. Student must visit Student Registrar/Volunteer Services Manager in person to obtain ID badge, proximity cards, or Volunteer Uniform prior to meeting with the on-site supervisor.
· Step 5 – Research Ethics Board Approval:
§New projects: Students participating in a new research project must submit an Office of Research Intake Review Form or a draft of the full REB submission package for review by the Office of Research prior to submission to WRH REB. The Office of Research will review project feasibility, facilitate departmental impact reviews (if applicable), and indicate when submission to REB is appropriate. If you are a student enrolled at the University of Windsor, and the research project is part of your degree program, you must connect with the UWindsor Office of Research Ethics prior to submitting a Research Intake form or REB application at WRH to confirm any necessary UWindsor steps.
§Existing WRH REB approved projects: Students completing a clinical placement at Windsor Regional Hospital who are interested in participating in an ongoing research project as part of their placement must be included in the existing research ethics application via an amendment request prior to engaging in the research.
§Visit the WRH Research Ethics page for more details, including submission forms.
For more information on student placements at WRH visit the Volunteer and Student Services page.
Connie Tomalty, Student Registrar
519-254-5577, ext. 52563
Metropolitan Campus: (519) 254-5577 ext. 52563
Ouellette Campus: (519) 254-5577 ext. 33673
WRH REB: If your research project will be completed accessing data from WRH (i.e. patient chart, staff surveys etc), or any part of the research will take place at WRH, you'll submit your ethics application to Windsor Regional Hospital’s Research Ethics Board. If you have an affiliation with another institution, you’ll also need to obtain REB approval from their local REB. For faculty/students at UWindsor, WRH REB applications may be submitted to UWindsor REB.
University of Windsor REB: If you are a clinician and your research will be completed at your private practice in Windsor-Essex, using only data from your practice’s charts, you'll submit your ethics application to UWindsor as a community partner. Find more on the UWindsor Office of Research Ethics webpage.
For all your research related questions contact us at:
Location: Met Campus, 1st floor next to the escalators
Phone: (519) 254-5577 x52300
Jessica Bennett, DirectorOffice: 519-254-5577 ext. 33822Email: Jessica.Bennett@wrh.on.ca
Grace Park, Manager
1995 Lens Avenue, Windsor, ON N8W 1L9
1030 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor, ON N9A 1E1