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University of Waterloo & Grand River Hospital research partnership

Established formally in 2014, the University of Waterloo and Grand River Hospital (GRH) collaborative research partnership aims to:

  • Connect Waterloo researchers with GRH clinicians to undertake joint research projects and access each institution's unique strengths
  • Further health-related transformational research at Waterloo and GRH
  • Advance care with innovative research, technologies, and evidence that impacts care at GRH and the broader health system
  • Support the goals of improving patient outcomes and health
    care delivery processes
  • Deliver the best value for every health care dollar

To learn more, please read our annual report.

Joint research agenda topics

  1. Aging well and older adult care - research that will enable earlier detection of health issues and improve diagnosis and treatment

Key themes:

  • Clinical assessment and diagnostics that enable early detection/identification of risk factors for poor health outcomes
  • Rehabilitation back to healthy living
  • Nutrition
  • Pain management
  • Mental health/wellness
  • Social isolation/connections
  1. Innovation in health care delivery - with a focus on safer care environments, biomedical engineering innovations, digital information management, and electronic information systems

Key themes:

  • Wearable technology to monitor patient condition and two-way communication
  • Secure transfer of personal health information
  • Visualization of data/information to support clinical decision making
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Safer medication management
  • Falls prevention
  1. Cancer Care - participation in clinical trials and innovations in cancer screening, diagnosis, and radiation treatment but with expansion to include a focus on prevention strategies and more effectively supporting people with cancer

Key themes:

  • Measurement and improvement in patient-reported outcomes of their experience with care
  • Continued investigation in clinical trials, earlier detection, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer
  • Proactive management of modifiable risk factors
  • Supportive interventions for patients and families from diagnosis to recovery/survivorship and/or end-of-life care

How to start

If you're interested in collaborative research in any of these themes, or have any questions, please contact Sarah Laferriere at GRH - 519-749-4300, ext. 2876.

Grand River Hospital KW campus

Available resources 

Desk space, meeting tables, telephones, lockers, and Internet access is available to book at both the KW and Freeport GRH locations.

To obtain a calendar link and booking instructions, contact Sarah Laferriere.