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Research Operations Resources

A number of resources are available to support research and related activities at Women's College Research Institute and across Women's College Hospital.

Research Grants Office:  Alex.Willis@wchospital.ca / Helen.Pham@wchospital.ca

  • Support and administrative reviews of research proposals, grant and award applications
  • Research contract and agreements
  • Liaison between grant holders and the WCH finance office
  • Post-award research grant administration
  • Research cost centres
  • Procurement and purchasing

Research Ethics Office: Melissa.Sidhu@wchospital.ca      

  • Primary contact for all communication to and from the Research Ethics Board
  • Coordination of research ethics review process at WCH
  • Clinical trial registration 

Trainee supports:

  • On-boarding of new trainees at WCRI and WCH
  • Trainee initiatives and events, including WCRI Summer Student Program and Graduate Student Research Day

Research hiring: 

  • Facilitate the recruitment and hiring process of new research support staff
  • Liaison with the Department of Human Resources at WCH


RESEARCH RESOURCES: wcri@wchospital.ca

Statistical support                                                                                                                         
Statistical support is available for principal investigators and research teams to create databases, implement data analysis plans, carry out statistical analysis and develop appropriate reports.

ICES@UofT access                                                                                                                          
WCRI has an ICES Appointed Analyst who works collaboratively with principal investigators and research teams on projects involving ICES data.  The analyst contributes to the development of data set creation and analysis plans.

Research communications                                                                                                         

  • Research dissemination support through the WCRI and WCH websites, the WCRI newsletter (Impact) and annual report

 Research metrics                                                                                                                            

  • Infrastructure to track grant and award application success
  • Database to manage and track publications


WCRI PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Research Development Rounds

Research Development Rounds cover the full spectrum of WCRI’s research diversity and focus on a wide range of topics.  Presenters include WCRI scientists and trainees, WCH physicians and healthcare professionals, local and international guest speakers, and visiting professors. All are welcome to attend.

Research Staff Rounds

Research Staff Rounds focus on various research and administrative processes at WCRI, with the goal of sharing information and best practices, and to add value to research teams.  This session is primarily geared to research support staff but all are welcome to attend.

N2 online education program
Contact:
Melissa.Sidhu@wchospital.ca
WCRI is a member of N2, which provides the opportunity to complete certificates in Good Clinical Practice, Responsible Conduct of Research, and Biomedical Research Ethics.  Course modules can be completed online and are available to everyone at WCH and WCRI.

WCRI Summer Student Program
May through August

The WCRI Summer Student Program is designed to introduce undergraduate students to the world of scientific and medical research. The program runs for a minimum of 12 weeks up to a maximum of 16 weeks, depending on the length of the students’ project. Research skills sessions are held weekly and each student presents their project at the WCRI Summer Student Research Day. Summer students working in any WCH department are welcome to participate in the WCRI Summer Student Program.

Commercialization of Intellectual Property – WCRI Resources

Contact: Katharine.Schwartz@wchospital.ca

  • IP Policy
  • Invention Disclosure Form

OTHER RESOURCES:

The Research Clinic

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Research Integrity and Office for Human Research Protections has released The Research Clinic, a complimentary, online, interactive training video that educates clinical and social researchers about research misconduct, and protecting research subjects.


For questions related to office equipment, space and facilities at WCRI, please contact: Katharine.Schwartz@wchospital.ca.

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