5. Maximize our research and academic health sciences potential

The KGH Research Institute is dedicated to building innovative partnerships, building innovative partnerships and pursuing research excellence through a collaborative approach that leverages the combined strengths of our Kingston hospital and Queen's University partners. This year, KGHRI is leading an initiative to establish a unified Kingston-wide research institute in which we can all work together to generate and translate new knowledge into effective therapies, treatments and best practices that benefit patients everywhere.

By 2018:

The Kingston-wide health research enterprise is among the "Top 10" health research institutes in Canada

In 2016-17 we will:

Establish a Kingston-wide health research enterprise agreement

How are we doing?

In our second quarter (Q2), July to September, we conducted stakeholder engagement sessions with Queen’s University’s Executive team and Faculty members within the Faculty of Health Sciences regarding the operational plan for creating a new Integrated Kingston Health Research Institute (IRI) which has been approved by all three Hospital Boards. We also presented the plan to the Queen’s Board of Trustees where there was extensive discussion. While the response there was overall positive, we were asked for more details about the governance, operating agreement and costs. We will provide this information in advance of a follow up meeting with this group, which is planned for December. The University's approval is critical to our success in building a world-class academic research enterprise that is well positioned to compete for scarce research dollars, while attracting leading researchers, students and trainees. This formal partnership between the Kingston hospitals and the university will be the first of its kind in Canada. Research collaborations like the Human Mobility Research Centre, which combines researchers from health sciences, engineering and computing, which typically take years to establish and develop, will be supported and accelerated through the presence and resources of an integrated health research institute. 

We also worked with Queen’s and Hotel Dieu Hospital to revise the sections of our existing Affiliation Agreement that deal with research. This brings our agreement up-to-date with our current practices and positions us well for our accreditation within the Queen’s Faculty of Health Sciences. Once this revised agreement has been approved by all our hospital and university stakeholders, it will be used as a template for similar agreements with all three Kingston hospitals as we work towards the creation of our integrated research institute. 

The William J. Henderson Centre for Patient-Oriented Research, once complete, will be a game-changer for research in the Kingston region and will also help to enhance research space for the new IRI. Construction has commenced on the approximately 10,000 square-foot facility which once complete will offer clinicians and basic sciences, nursing, and allied health researchers the ability to bring innovative diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to the point of care. While we initially anticipated that the new centre would be completed and occupied by April 2017, we have adjusted the pace of the construction in order to minimize the impact on patient care at the hospital and are now anticipating a July 2017 completion date. In another area of the hospital in our Gastrointestinal Diseases Research Unit we commenced construction in Q1 of Dr. Elaine Petrof's new RE-POOPULATE lab, which will be fully operational by the end of Q3.

ARE WE ON TRACK TO MEET THE TARGET BY YEAR END (March 31, 2017)?

Yes, we are on track. However, the health research landscape is increasingly complex and competitive and the University’s approval to join the hospitals to create an integrated health research institute is critical to our success and sustainability as a research enterprise. Approval this fiscal year by the Queen's Central and Board of Trustees will determine if the new entity will move forward.