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Northern Ontario School of Medicine Supports Development of a Clinical Research Institute for Northern Ontario

 The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) announces its support for the creation of a clinical research institute in Sault Ste. Marie, which will service research initiatives taking place all across Northern Ontario.

This support follows the outcome of a recent feasibility study undertaken by SHI Consulting in consultation with community members and NOSM staff and faculty with experience in Northern research initiatives. The study was coordinated by Destiny Sault Ste. Marie and funded by FedNor and the City of Sault Ste. Marie. The goal was to assess the recommendation to create a clinical research institute for Northern Ontario included within the report “Creating a Sustainable Health Research Industry in Northern Ontario,” which was commissioned by NOSM and released in November, 2005.

Dr. Greg Ross, Associate Dean of Research for NOSM stated, “The Northern Ontario School of Medicine fully supports the development of a research institute in Sault Ste. Marie. This institute will provide the infrastructure and central gathering place for the network of research initiatives taking place all across Northern Ontario. It will be a vital component for any scientist doing research in this part of the province.”

Dr. Tim Best, one of the feasibility study team members and Section Leader of Surgery for NOSM, noted that the clinical research institute will support and facilitate studies across diverse disciplines affecting healthcare that span the entire geographic region served by NOSM. “The institute will also facilitate educating researchers, both current and future, and will represent the opportunity to advance the range, quantity and quality of clinical medical research in the North,” noted Dr. Best.

The feasibility study recommends the immediate hiring of resources for the institute. Dr. Ross confirmed that the recruitment of a Research Coordinator for the institute is well underway. The Research Coordinator will be responsible for liaising with clinical research scientists, NOSM stakeholder and partner institutions, preparing research funding proposals, and assisting in the development and preparation of strategy papers.

Mayor of Sault Ste Marie, John Rowswell expressed his support for the further development of Northern Ontario School of Medicine programs and services within Sault Ste. Marie. "The development of a clinical research institute in our community complements the fact that Sault Ste. Marie is one of the most highly technical research and development centres in Northern Ontario. We hope that Sault Ste. Marie's participation will further secure the creation of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine's clinical research institute in Sault Ste. Marie.”

Research at NOSM 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.

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The Northern Ontario School of Medicine is committed to the education of high quality physicians and health professionals, and to international recognition as a leader in distributed, learning-centered, community-engaged education and research. 

Kimberley Larkin
Communications Officer
Phone: 705-662-7243
Email: klarkin@nosm.ca 


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