At the Northern Ontario
School of Medicine, research is recognized as a critical component of medical
education. The research initiatives
developed in partnership with the School are internationally recognized and
supported by competitive, peer-reviewed funding awarded on the basis of
scientific excellence. Research at NOSM
is reflective of the School’s mandate to be socially accountable to the diverse
cultures of Northern Ontario. The
School’s unique research program targets topics that have a direct relevance to
The School is committed
to academic freedom and research integrity and a major thrust of NOSM faculty
time is dedicated to research. The key
theme of NOSM research is tackling the questions of importance to improving the
health of the people of Northern Ontario.
Research areas include: biomedical, educational, clinical, public
health, population health, epidemiological, psychological and social sciences
and health services research.
associated with NOSM, universities, hospitals and other active research
organizations are involved in specific aspects of NOSM’s research
endeavours. Opportunities for
participation in research are available for individuals at all levels of
education and professional development including undergraduate, post-graduate,
and health care professionals interested in biomedical and health sciences.
NOSM has two
state-of-the-art research labs, one at its East Campus at Laurentian University
in Sudbury, and one at its West Campus at Lakehead University in Thunder
Bay. In addition, the School works in
partnership with universities, private sector organizations, and health centres
across the North to facilitate research initiatives which have a strong focus
on the health issues of Northern communities.
The School hosts the
annual Northern Health Research Conference (NHRC). This conference demonstrates
NOSM’s commitment to health care and education to the people of Northern
Ontario and beyond. Since 2006, the NHRC has explored research activities
within Northern Ontario arising from community-based activities. It provides an
opportunity to highlight projects underway from students, residents, and
community-based researchers, and allows for collaboration and community
networking. For information on the
conference, please visit www.nosm.ca/nhrc.
strategic plan calls for five strategic priorities that will enable the School
to realize its vision and mission. One
of those priorities is strengthening NOSM’s research initiatives by further
developing its research agenda in line with its distributed education model,
and broadening the academic experience of its learners, faculty, and
staff. These research activities will
respect the unique cultural attributes of NOSM’s Aboriginal, Francophone, and
other culturally distinct partners.
For further information on research programs underway at NOSM, please
contact the Office of the Associate Dean, Research.
Penny Moody-Corbett, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Research
Research Office Coordinator