ARCH network

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ARCH is an interdisciplinary, collaborative platform for sharing and profiling global health research that leads to positive change.

The Network:
• conducts research that provides evidence to inform and advance responses to inequity
• develops capacity to support ethical and impactful research practice
• translates knowledge to ensure research leads to action for positive change.Read more

A game-changing approach to heart surgery

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The heart isn't just a pump, it's a sophisticated electric motor, and when its electronic signals misfire, it can disrupt the heart's regular rhythm. Cardiac arrhythmia causes symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness, palpitations and even chest pain. For some patients, cardiac arrhythmia can be a debilitating, hard to treat, and even fatal disease.Read more

The Human Mobility Research Centre

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The Human Mobility Research Centre is a collaborative hub for researchers and clinician-scientists working in medicine, engineering, health sciences and computer science.Read more

Our Students

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Our students explore interdisciplinary opportunities, gain global experience and learn from leading researchers.Read more

KGHRI Annual Report 2016

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Discovery today, treatment tomorrow. The Kingston General Hospital Research Institute (KGHRI) is the not-for-profit academic health research institute of Kingston General Hospital. We work in close collaboration with the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University and with our partner hospitals, Hotel Dieu Hospital and Providence Care, advancing research leading to better treatment and care of Canadians.Read more

Dr. Sue Bartels

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How does war affect the health of women and children? Dr. Bartels is actively involved in global health research, primarily in conflict and disaster affected areas of the world. She recently used a unique storytelling method to study child marriage in Lebanon.Read more

Dr. Karen Yeates

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Dr. Yeates’s research focuses on improving access to care for underserviced populations in Canada and sub-Saharan Africa. She was recently awarded the Rising Stars in Global Health award from Grand Challenges Canada for an initiative that uses smartphones to screen for cervical cancer.Read more

Dr. David Maslove - Wearable Technologies

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Dr. Maslove's research focuses on informatics, genomics, and the use of biomedical Big Data to address current challenges in Critical Care Medicine.Read more

Dr. Laura Wells

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Age–related macular degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss, and currently requires aggressive treatments that include regular, multiple injections, resulting in a huge impact on a patient’s quality of life. Dr. Laura Wells, a KGH RI researcher working with the Human Mobility Research Centre, is working to create materials that can be used to deliver drugs for hard to reach areas of the eye,...Read more

Dr. David Maslove

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Should two patients with the same illness receive the same treatment? 

Dr. David Maslove is a Clinician-Scientist who’s studying how to bring precision medicine to the Intensive Care Unit and how to tailor specific treatments to individual patients.  By analyzing the large amounts of monitoring data collected within the ICU, Dr. Maslove can detect distinct differences in genetic or physiological traits and identify how patients...Read more

Dr. Neil Renwick

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KGH RI clinician-scientist Dr. Neil Renwick uses an interesting analogy to describe his work in post-transcriptional gene regulation: one that involves cities, buses and maniacal taxi drivers.

“There are two major molecule groups that actually control genes – RNA binding proteins and microRNAs,” he says. “A cell is very much like a city and the RNAs are like people. RNA binding proteins are like buses...Read more

Dr. Mark Ormiston

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Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) is a fatal disease that primarily affects women between the ages of 30 and 40. Dr. Mark Ormiston, a Canada Research Chair in cardiovascular regenerative medicine, is working to understand more about the interactions between the immune system and PAH to look for new therapies for this deadly disease.

“Natural killer cells are a component of the innate immune system,” says...Read more

KGH year end report 2015

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Discovery today, treatment tomorrow. The Kingston General Hospital Research Institute (KGHRI) is the not-for-profit academic health research institute of Kingston General Hospital. We work in close collaboration with the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University and with our partner hospitals, Hotel Dieu Hospital and Providence Care, advancing research leading to better treatment and care of Canadians.Read more

Dr. D.J. Cook with patient Sharon Dowdall

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Brain aneurysms can lead to a stroke, with
devastating side effects that radically alter
a patient’s quality of life. Dr. D.J. Cook, a
cerebrovascular surgeon-scientist, is developing
new treatments that minimize trauma related
to brain aneurysm surgery, resulting in better
outcomes, shorter hospital stays and an earlier
return to normal life. He also runs a parallel
research...Read more

Dr. Denis O'Donnell with patient Annetta Black

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At first, Annetta Black thought she had asthma. It was an effort to walk up hills and stairs. Eventually, even vacuuming became difficult. But after an appointment with Dr. Denis O’Donnell at KGH, she learned she has Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), a condition that afflicts approximately 10% of Canadians. In its more advanced stages, COPD can significantly affect quality of life, as many patients are housebound and suffer from emotional anxiety.

“They avoid...Read more

Dr Damian Redfearn with patient Andrea Moore

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Dr Redfearn is a cardiologist specialising in electrophysiology, the treatment of arrhythmia. His has particular expertise in catheter ablation of complex arrhythmia. He holds a doctorate degree in Medicine and is cross-appointed with the School of Computing and the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences. He is the Director of the Heart Rhythm Service at Kingston General Hospital.Read more

Maternal Apps

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An obstetrician at KGH has founded one of the first clinics to use pregnancy and the postpartum period to focus on disease prevention in women. Dr. Graeme Smith’s Maternal Health Clinic screens women for heart disease risk factors and provides resources and tools for maternal and family health. “Pregnancy is a stress test, in that it can reveal underlying health issues in the mother that may indicate an increased risk of future heart...Read more

Dr. Alberto Neder

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Cardiovascular and respiratory diseases can have a devastating impact on a patient’s quality of life. But what if exercise could ease adverse symptoms and even help treat the illness? Clinician-scientist Dr. Alberto Neder has developed a unique lab that studies patients with both heart and lung disease, with the goal of better understanding how the various systems within the body work together under the stress of physical exercise. Exercise might seem like an odd...Read more

Dr. Damian Redfearn

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Dr Redfearn is a cardiologist specialising in electrophysiology, the treatment of arrhythmia. His has particular expertise in catheter ablation of complex arrhythmia. He holds a doctorate degree in Medicine and is cross-appointed with the School of Computing and the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences. He is the Director of the Heart Rhythm Service at Kingston General Hospital. 

His research interests include catheter ablation and...Read more

Dr. David Berman

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While cancer is often a serious and life-threatening disease, there are some slow growing cancers that may be better left untreated. Learning to distinguish between the two can save patients unnecessary surgery, chemotherapy or radiation treatments, as well as the risk of serious side-effects. Pathologist and researcher Dr. David Berman specializes in developing and improving existing diagnostic techniques to help doctors more accurately determine whether or not a cancer merits treatment, and if so, what...Read more

Dr. Denis O'Donnell

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At first, Annetta Black thought she had asthma. It was an effort to walk up hills and stairs. Eventually, even vacuuming became difficult. But after an appointment with Dr. Denis O’Donnell at KGH, she learned she has Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), a condition that afflicts approximately 10% of Canadians

In its more advanced stages, COPD can significantly affect quality of life, as many patients are housebound and suffer from emotional anxiety. “They avoid...Read more

Dr. Gordon Boyd

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No matter how brief, a critical illness can do longterm damage to the body and brain. Dr. Gordon Boyd, a neurologist, intensive care physician and clinician-scientist, is studying brain function, how it correlates with long-term neurological recovery, and how to improve outcomes for those who have suffered from cardiac arrest.

Dr. Boyd’s research is focused on predicting how patients react the first few days after a cardiac incident, and how to create tests...Read more

Dr. Graeme Smith

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An obstetrician at KGH has founded one of the first clinics to use pregnancy and the postpartum period to focus on disease prevention in women. Dr. Graeme Smith’s Maternal Health Clinic screens women for heart disease risk factors and provides resources and tools for maternal and family health. “Pregnancy is a stress test, in that it can reveal underlying health issues in the mother that may indicate an increased risk of future heart...Read more

Dr. Stephen Scott

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A game-changing technology invented at Queen’s University and used by scientists worldwide is having an exciting spinoff effect on hospital-based research – with potential benefits for patients around the globe. Read more

Dr. Stephen Archer

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Pulmonary hypertension, high blood pressure in the lungs, is not just a chronic illness — it can also be fatal. Dr. Stephen Archer, the Head of Medicine at KGH and Queen’s University and a clinician scientist, is working to better understand how to treat and potentially cure pulmonary hypertension by delving deep inside the human body, examining cell structures to find abnormalities that can cause this disease.

Dr. Archer’s research in pulmonary hypertension revolves...Read more

Pulsepoint

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You may have seen an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) unit at your local hockey rink or public fitness centre — but do you know how to use it? Dr. Steven Brooks, a clinician-scientist in emergency medicine, is working to improve outcomes for cardiac arrest patients by researching how we can improve response and treatment, both in the community and in the hospital. While researching AEDs, Dr. Brooks discovered that it’s not a matter of...Read more

Dr. Stephen Vanner

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Dr. Stephen Vanner, Director of the Gastrointestinal Research Unit (GIDRU), talks about his research in pain signalling in the gut in Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and how the multidisciplinary, collaborative approach of this research unit enables clinicians and basic scientists to translate their ideas into new approaches and treatments for these debilitating diseases. New funding has enabled GIDRU to develop a new...Read more

Black Tie Video

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The University Hospitals Kingston Foundation is actively raising funds for creation of a Centre for Patient-Oriented Research at Kingston General Hospital. This is a space that will enable world-leading researchers in improving treatment and care right here in southeastern Ontario and beyond.Read more

Year-end Report

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Year-end report of KGH Research Institute ActivitiesRead more

Dr. Jennifer Flemming

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Breast and prostate cancer are often headline news – but liver cancer remains a largely hidden disease. According to the Canadian Liver Foundation however, the death rate from liver illnesses has risen nearly 30% over the past eight years, and it’s estimated that one in ten Canadians has some form of the disease. Dr. Jennifer Flemming, a clinician-scientist with training in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, is...Read more

Dr. Steven Brooks

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You may have seen an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) unit at your local hockey rink or public fitness centre — but do you know how to use it? Dr. Steven Brooks, a clinician-scientist in emergency medicine, is working to improve outcomes for cardiac arrest patients by researching how we can improve response and treatment, both in the community and in the hospital. While researching AEDs,...Read more

Dr. DJ Cook

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Brain aneurysms can lead to a stroke, with devastating side effects that radically alter a patient’s quality of life. Dr. D.J. Cook, a cerebrovascular surgeon-scientist, is developing new treatments that minimize trauma related to brain aneurysm surgery, resulting in better outcomes, shorter hospital stays and an earlier return to normal life. He also runs a parallel research program to develop new treatments to enhance brain...Read more