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. See our governance structure below.
The Office of Research also completes its work through WRH's formal partnership with WE-SPARK Health Institute, an innovative partnership between Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, St. Clair College, University of Windsor, and Windsor Regional Hospital. 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. 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.
For REB applications to Central REBs: With the exception
of cancer program clinical trials submitted to OCREB, currently, WRH is
not a participating site for REB applications to Clinical Trials
Ontario (CTO) or any other central REBs. REB applications for
multi-centre trials must also submit a full application to the WRH REB
via the Office of Research.
You can find all the REB application documents on the WRH Research Ethics page.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students completing a clinical placement at Windsor Regional Hospital who are interested in participating in a 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 access to more details including forms.
For more information on student placements at WRH visit the Student Services page.
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:
Office: Met Campus, 1st floor next to the escalators
Phone: (519) 254-5577 x52300
1995 Lens Avenue, Windsor, ON N8W 1L9
1030 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor, ON N9A 1E1