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Research at Grand River Hospital

Research is both encouraged and promoted at Grand River Hospital (GRH).
GRH believes that research enables:
  • High performance programs, services, and systems;
  • Nurtures effective and collaborative relationships; and
  • Promotes best practice through innovation and collaboration.
To this end, GRH takes part in and leads a number of research projects to ensure that we remain at the forefront of best practice in care and service provisions.

How is a research study approved?

Grand River Hospital’s research committee
The first step for all research, excluding studies conducted at the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre, is to obtain administrative approval from the GRH research committee. This committee serves as the initial point of contact and primary resource for those interested in conducting research at GRH.

All proposed research must be submitted to the GRH’s research committee for review and approval before it can begin. The committee assesses the impact on hospital resources, and determines whether a study meets the requirements for administrative approval or needs modification.  Receiving administrative approval permits your application to proceed to the Tri-Hospital Research Ethics Board (THREB) for review.  In order to streamline approval process, the same application template are used for both the GRH Research Committee review and THREB review.  Links to all application documents are provided below.  All application documents can be submitted in electronic format to research@grhosp.on.ca 

In some cases (such as industry-sponsored studies), a contractual agreement between the study sponsor and the hospital may be required. Contracts will be reviewed by GRH’s risk management prior to hospital approval. GRH follows the Council of Academic Hospital of Ontario’s (CAHO) clinical trial agreement principles. Sponsors are encouraged to use these principles as a guide when developing their contract language in order to expedite the process.  Industry sponsored studies are also subject to an overhead fee as indicated by hospital policy.

We encourage you to download the following files:
  • Research Data Agreement (Word file, 2015)  **An RDA is required for all studies in which person information and/or personal health information will be collected**

Reference Materials
General Information 

For general information, please contact:
research@grhosp.on.ca or 519.749.4300 x2876

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