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Innovative Education and Research for a Healthier North

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 Northern populations. 

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. 

Research scientists 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. 

NOSM’s 2010-2015 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. 

Contact Information 

Penny Moody-Corbett, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Research
Tel: 705-662-7218
Email: research@nosm.ca  

Lyne Morvan
Research Office Coordinator
Tel: 705-662-7218
Fax: 705-662-7123
Email: lyne.morvan@nosm.ca  



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