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Research Centres & Institutes

Queen’s researchers have historically been engaged in a variety of collaborative, interdisciplinary research projects, many of which have resulted in the development of formal research centres and institutes. These centres and institutes exist within faculties, as well as the schools of business and law, or as partnerships with other institutions.

[Human Mobility Research Lab at Hotel Dieu Hospital]

  • Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR)
    CIMVHR advances military and veteran health research in Canada. It explores the physical, mental, and social health issues with military service, and supports Canadian Forces personnel, veterans, and their families.

  • Cancer Research Institute at Queen's University (QCRI) (Faculty of Health Sciences)
    Established in 2001, QCRI fosters the transdisciplinary investigation of cancer control. Research includes population studies of cancer etiology, tumor biology and clinical trials, and outcomes and health services research.

  • Centre for Advanced Computing (CAC) (formerly High Performance Computing Virtual Laboratory or HPCVL)
    The Centre for Advanced Computing provides compute clusters, large-memory servers, storage capacity, and secure backup facilities for hundreds of research groups at Queen’s and other Canadian Universities. It also offers support on every level of your research project - from science to shell scripts, from workshops to grant applications.

  • Centre for Energy and Power Electronics (ePOWER) (Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science)
    ePOWER brings together academic and industrial researchers to develop applications and expertise, from power transmission to alternative energy, power consumption, and power application-specific integrated circuits.

  • Centre for Health Services and Policy Research (CHSPR) (Faculty of Health Sciences)
    Established in 2001 as a successor to Queen's Health Policy (QHP). CHSPR enhances the credibility and capacity of Queen's to understand and contribute to health services research, health program evaluation, and health policy analysis.

  • Centre for International and Defence Policy (CIDP) (School of Policy Studies)
    Established in 1975 to provide a focal point for research, publication, and education on Canadian foreign and defence policy and other aspects of international relations. The Centre supports activities in security and defence, and contributes to public debate on foreign and defence policy and on issues of international peace and security.

  • Centre for Law in Contemporary Workplace (CLCW) (Faculty of Law)
    Established in 2010 and the first of its kind in Canada. The Centre's activities include: research, curriculum development, teaching, dialogue, and outreach on the role of the law in the contemporary workplace.

  • Centre for Neuroscience Studies (CNS)
    CNS aims to improve the understanding of brain function and how new therapies and diagnoses can play an important role in the prevention and treatment of diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, stroke, obesity, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, schizophrenia, behavioural disorders, and depression.

  • Centre for Studies on Democracy and Diversity (CSDD) (Department of Political Studies)
    Established as the Centre for the Study of Democracy in 1993, CSDD promotes and supports democratic development in ethnically and culturally diverse societies.

  • Centre for Studies in Primary Care (CSPC) (Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences)
    CSPC's research focuses on improving primary health care practice delivery and education. Practicing physicians participate in its research program through the Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN).

  • Fuel Cell Research Centre (FCRC) (Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science)
    FCRC's research addresses the key technology challenges to the commercialization of fuel cell applications.

  • GeoEngineering Centre at Queen’s-RMC (GeoEng)
    Sets international engineering practice and policy in areas of research focus, including Canada, the US, Europe, Australia, and South Africa.

  • Human Mobility Research Centre (HMRC)
    HMRC provides research space and services for clinicians, orthopaedic surgeons, university faculty, students, and industry partners. The Centre is located at KGH and Hotel Dieu Hospital, and includes specialized, state-of-the-art labs for connective tissue bio-stimulation, tissue processing, software development, gait analysis, and prosthesis design.

  • Institute of Intergovernmental Relations (IIR) (School of Policy Studies)
    Canada's premier university-based centre for research on federalism and intergovernmental relations, both in Canada and internationally.

  • John Deutsch Institute for the Study of Economic Policy (Faculty of Arts and Science)
    Promotes research and discussion of Canadian economic policy issues and fosters training in, and understanding of, such issues.

  • The Monieson Centre for Business Research in Healthcare (Smith School of Business)
    Established in 1998, The Monieson Centre creates opportunities for academics, business leaders, and policymakers to develop research-based solutions to real-world questions.

  • Southern African Research Centre (SARC)
    Contributes to regional cooperation and development in Southern Africa through basic research, training, and capacity building, the delivery of Canadian expertise and policy inputs, and the planning and development of academic and applied research and development projects.

  • Surveillance Studies Centre (SSC) (Faculty of Arts and Science)
    Examines social, technical, political, geographical, psychological, ethical, economic, and military dimensions of surveillance.

  • Sudbury Neutrino Observatory Laboratory (SNOLAB)
    An international facility for astroparticle physics research.

Networks of Centres of Excellence

  • Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence (PREVNet)
    A national network of Canadian researchers, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and governments committed to stop bullying.

  • Canadian Frailty Network (CFN, or Technology Evaluation in the Elderly Network)
    A non-profit corporation dedicated to improving care of frail older Canadians by increasing frailty recognition and assessment, increasing evidence for decision making, and advocating for change in the health and social care systems to ensure that the needs of this vulnerable population are met.