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Affiliated Research Groups 

Research within the department is organized into groups:

NCIC Clinical Trials Group
The Clinical Trials Group is a  research organization funded nationally  for the purpose of carrying out multi-centre studies of cancer therapy. The central coordinating office for the Group, which is responsible for developing, conducting and analyzing these trials, is located at Queen's University under the direction of Dr. Ralph Meyer. Studies carried out by the Group include initial investigations of new drugs and randomized comparisons of various cancer therapies.
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Centre for Health Services & Policy Research

Founded in 1991, this interdisciplinary unit was created to undertake research, external consulting, and education in the areas of health services and health policy. Its goal is to provide innovative evaluation services to individual clients and to enrich the health policy community in Canada and internationally by designing with relevant academic research.

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Emergency Medicine & Injury Research Group

Queen's University Departments of Emergency Medicine and Community Health and Epidemiology have developed a collaborative research program of applied epidemiological and medical research. This program has a special focus on injury prevention and control. The EMIRG unit is housed in Kingston General Hospital, and is currently staffed by two faculty (Dr. William Pickett, Dr. Rob Brison), a nurse coordinator, a research associate, a project coordinator, and a unit secretary. Graduate students from Community Health and Epidemiology have undertaken thesis projects in collaboration with this unit. The unit also supports residence research project in the Department of Emergency Medicine. The program is supported by external grants from a variety of internal and external agencies. Specific research foci include the surveillance and/or study of agricultural injuries, child injuries, intentional injuries (e.g. homicide, suicide), neurotrauma, whiplash disorders, and the applied use of cardiac markers in the emergency department. The EMIRG group coordinates a national program for the surveillance of agricultural injuries (the Canadian Agricultural Injury Surveillance Program), and is a regional site of the Canadian Hospitals Injury Research and Prevention Program.

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Cancer Care & Epidemiology, Queen's Cancer Research Institute

The Cancer Care & Epidemiology Division of the Queen's Cancer Research Institute conducts health services research in all aspects of cancer care. CCE's research interests include:environmental and genetic aspects of cancer etiology; public policy related to cancer prevention and treatment; population-based needs assessment; access to cancer services; the management and outcome of cancer in the general population; the evaluation of treatment guidelinesthe development and dissemination of decision aids.

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Queen's - ICES Health Services Research

Queen's University and the The Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences ICES partnered in 2007 to conduct research aimed at improving health care and health services across Ontario. The ICES-Queen's Health Services Research Facility, located in Abramsky Hall, provides data access to health services research scientists . The researchers are now able to access Ontario health datasets and population registries through secured and encrypted lines.  The areas of focus at ICES-Queen's include: cancer ; pharmacoepidemiology studies ; dementia respirology and primary care.

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Social Program Evaluation Group

The Social Program Evaluation Group (SPEG) is an applied research and evaluation unit within Queen’s University. SPEG is recognized nationally and internationally for multisectoral applied research and program evaluation designed to inform ´social¨ policy and programs. Production and dissemination of applied and theoretical knowledge in the education, health, disability, social services and evaluation training sectors is the key strategy.

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Centre for Studies in Primary Care

The Centre for Studies in Primary Care exists to improve the primary care of individuals through the conduct of research that extends understanding and knowledge of: i. health and health maintenance; ii. disease and its treatment; iii. and health care delivery in the primary care environment. All research is related to primary health care and current projects are in hypertension, chronic disease management, prevention of falls in the elderly, access to care by disabled people, and exercise/obesity/metabolic syndrome, ambulatory teaching.

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Centre for Obesity and Research Education

In response to the need to address obesity as a major threat to public health, the Centre for Obesity Research and Education at Queen's University has recently been established.

CORE strives to be an education and information resource for the community; raise public awareness about obesity and the risks of excess weight; perform multidisciplinary research; address obesity, its determinants, and co-morbid conditions; and participate in policy development at municipal, provincial and national levels.

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Nursing (PRN) Group

The mission of the Practice and Research in Nursing Group (PRN) is to produce and use evidence to plan, implement and evaluate nursing practice change to promote improved outcomes (individual, provider, and system). The research strategy of the PRN Group is to produce and use evidence to plan and execute organizational changes to promote effectiveness and efficiency in nursing that benefit the health of Canadians.

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Mental Health Research Group

Researchers in the Departments of Community Health and Epidemiology, Psychiatry, and the School of Rehabilitation Services regularly collaborate with local hospital and community-based programs to evaluate system functioning and the effects of system reform for people with mental and intellectual disabilities. Community-University research alliances promote the application of research methods in program planning and evaluation to better meet the needs of clients and family members. Members of the group also provide research training opportunities for Queen’s students in epidemiology, rehabilitation, psychology, medicine, and policy studies, and international students who are interested in mental health and learning disabilities.

KFLA Health Unit

The Research and Education program at KFL&A Public Health is one of five such programs in Ontario, funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. Other sites exist in London, Hamilton, Sudbury and Ottawa. The purpose of the provincial Research and Education program is to foster applied public health research, participate in the education of future public health professionals, and contribute to the professional development of the public health workforce.

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