Ottawa a “hotbed of patient partnerships in research”

September 27, 2019

Patient consulting with researcherThe Ontario SPOR Support Unit’s summer newsletter showcases how Ottawa has become a “hotbed of patient partnerships in research.” Three stories demonstrate how researchers at The Ottawa Hospital are partnering with patients and caregivers to improve the quality and success of their research. 

For example, patient advisors Laurie Proulx and Maxime Lê worked with Dr. Sylvain Boet’s team to figure out the best way to explain to patients that their surgery might be recorded as part of the OR Black Box® research project

Drs. Manoj Lalu, Natasha Kekre and Dean Fergusson partnered with patients to build the foundation for a  made-in-Canada CAR-T research program

Finally, Zarah Monfaredi and Claudia Hampel support research teams engaging with patients for the first time. They have also worked with patient partners to create a framework that integrates patient engagement into clinical and research activities.

Researchers interested in partnering with patients can contact Zarah Monfaredi, Ottawa Methods Centre SPOR Program Facilitator by filling out an online Intake Form. The Ottawa Methods Centre is a Core Resource of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) and is supported by OHRI as well as the Department of Medicine and the Department of Surgery.

The Ottawa Hospital: Inspired by research. Driven by compassion 

The Ottawa Hospital is one of Canada’s largest learning and research hospitals with over 1,100 beds, approximately 12,000 staff and an annual budget of over $1.2 billion. Our focus on research and learning helps us develop new and innovative ways to treat patients and improve care. As a multi-campus hospital, affiliated with the University of Ottawa, we deliver specialized care to the Eastern Ontario region, but our techniques and research discoveries are adopted around the world. We engage the community at all levels to support our vision for better patient care. See for more information about research at The Ottawa Hospital.

University of Ottawa: —A crossroads of cultures and ideas

The University of Ottawa is home to over 50,000 students, faculty and staff, who live, work and study in both French and English. Our campus is a crossroads of cultures and ideas, where bold minds come together to inspire game-changing ideas. We are one of Canada’s top 10 research universities—our professors and researchers explore new approaches to today’s challenges. One of a handful of Canadian universities ranked among the top 200 in the world, we attract exceptional thinkers and welcome diverse perspectives from across the globe.

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