Established in 2009, the Research Institute at Southlake Regional Health Centre is committed to fostering opportunities for and supporting research and innovation at the Hospital.
It advances the research culture at Southlake through partnerships with academia, industry, and government.
Research Strategic Plan
Southlake's Research Strategic Plan is founded on the belief that education, research, and innovation are key to offering the best treatment to our patients.
It encompasses the Hospital's commitment to:
- Clinical care, advanced diagnostics and treatment, and regional programs
- Healthcare that addresses the health of our community and social determinants of health, such as income, education, housing, food security, and access to health services
- Ongoing education of staff and physicians on the latest evidence-based care
- Education of a new generation of healthcare professionals.
- The four cornerstones of the strategic plan are:
- The physical and organizational capacity of Southlake to accommodate research
- A wider environment conducive to research
- Research partners within academia, government, and private sectors
- Economics that support the success of a research centre at Southlake
- Ready to work with municipal governments to build needed infrastructure
- Physicians and clinicians with expertise and desire to take on research projects
- A local pool of students eager to engage in early career research training
A stable population that is open and responsive to research opportunities and easy to monitor through the course of research projects
- Existing partnerships with York University and University of Toronto and willingness to work with other universities and community colleges
- Ongoing collaboration with hospitals and health science centres, including those within the Central LHIN and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, St. Michael's Hospital, and Princess Margaret Hospital
- Close working relationships with the Town of Newmarket, Regional Municipality of York, and other municipalities
- Opportunities to engage private sector with the development of a medical assistive technologies corridor 30 minutes south of the Hospital
- Opportunities for health research related industries to work geographically close to the Hospital and academics
- New highly skilled and highly paid jobs, and a move from primarily manufacturing economy to a high tech, research, innovation, and knowledge economy
Current Research Activity
Current research at Southlake is focused in areas of cardiac, oncology and arthritis research and, to a lesser extent, in areas such as eating disorders, orthopedics and mental health.
The goals of this research are new knowledge, new technologies and devices, as well as innovative ways to provide treatment that will translate into the best care for our patients and healthy communities.
The cardiac electrophysiology research group at Southlake is currently enrolling or following patients in approximately 20 studies looking at devices and treatment strategies for arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms) and leading two multi-centre studies.
Southlake's oncology clinicians and patients are participating in several studies testing the efficacy of medication and other treatments for breast, prostate, and lung cancers.
The Arthritis Program (TAP)
Dr. Carter Thorne, principal investigator at The Arthritis Program Research Group, is on the steering committee of the Ontario Biologics Research Initiative: Safety and Effectiveness Study, a multi-stakeholder collaboration looking at the optimal use of treatments for Ontarians with rheumatoid arthritis.
Dr. Thorne and TAP pharmacist Diane Lin sit on the scientific advisory committee for the Canadian Early Arthritis Cohort, a nationwide, multi-centre, real-world, observational study of adults with early inflammatory arthritis.
TAP patients have been recruited to participate in both studies.