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Introducing the HUB – a unique one-stop shop for health research

Toronto, June 3, 2013

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St. Michael’s is home to leading researchers, educators and clinicians — dedicated professionals making new scientific discoveries, generating novel therapies and developing innovative training programs.The HUB, officially launched on April 22, was created to foster and support health research that is happening at St. Michael’s,the University of Toronto, and beyond.

As a unified clinical research services group,the HUB Health Research Solutions takes a unique and innovative approach to conducting health research. By combining health economics research from of the Centre for exceLlence in Economic Analysis Research (CLEAR), led by Dr. Jeffrey Hoch; BreaKThrough Knowledge Translation Services, led by Dr. Sharon Straus; and the Applied Health Research Centre (AHRC), led by Dr. Muhammad Mamdani the HUB acts as a single access portal for its academic,commercial, and other partners and takes aharmonized and unified approach to designing and conducting health research.

Through this unified approach the HUB provides centralized services and support to plan, design, and execute health research, across the full spectrum - from traditional clinical research (clinical trials, registries, observational studies, and more) to health economics, knowledge translation, systematic reviews and network meta-analyses. “Our partners can access clinical, scientific, methodological design and operations expertise, as well as health policy, drug reimbursement, social science research, qualitative research, systematic review, health economics and knowledge translation,” said Dr. Slutsky. “All of these areas of expertise are embedded within the HUB framework. It’s essentially a one-stop-shop for researchers.”

“The Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute’s unique operational infrastructure, along with our world-renowned methodologists, enable us to offer services that are unmatched by other academic or contract research organizations,” said Dr. Arthur Slutsky, vice-president of research. “Researchers would typically have to go to a number of different sites if they needed help with a systematic review, clinical trial co-ordination and knowledge translation services on a given project. Now, with the HUB, they’re able to come to one place for help with designing a streamlined study from the beginning to the end.”

“It only made sense to combine these groups under one roof and offer our expertise and services to the broader clinical research community, as the HUB Health Research Solutions, to better meet the diverse needs of the clinical research community,” said Dr. Mamdani.

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