Our Facilities

The Kingston health sciences research community comprises a distinctive discovery hub that nurtures multidisciplinary approaches to big problems. From national and international networks to innovative boutique labs, clinician-scientists team up with colleagues in basic sciences, engineering, computing, nursing and social sciences to encourage new perspectives, advance knowledge and train the next generation of highly qualified personnel. 

Learn about our facilities:

W.J. Henderson Centre for Patient-Oriented Research

A 10,000-square-foot interdisciplinary hub providing outstanding opportunities for collaborative R&D into innovative materials, tools and treatments, leading to best practices and improved care.

The W. J. Henderson Centre for Patient-Oriented Research consolidates investigational work requiring direct outpatient and inpatient involvement into a single location. Shared access by researchers from multiple disciplines enables efficient and safe assessment, investigation and monitoring of inpatients and outpatients in clinical research projects and programs throughout the hospital.

Features include:

  • Phase 1-2 clinical trials unit, including overnight stay facilities and recliners
  • Consultation rooms for patient consent discussions, surveys and questionnaires
  • Exam rooms and comfortable waiting and nourish areas for patients
  • State-of-the art meeting rooms and areas for monitoring visits
  • Shared labs and work spaces, including eye-tracking labs and KINARMTM robotic assessment labs
  • Gastrointestinal diseases research lab
  • Biospecimen processing and storage facilities
  • Treatment room for minor surgeries and procedures

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Cardiovascular Imaging Lab  

  • 3D echocardiography, interventional echocardiography, 3D strain, and cardiac CT imaging applications.
  • Recognized for research and training in novel methods of heart disease diagnosis and treatment.

Clinical Evaluation Research Unit (CERU)

  • World-leading clinical research methods centre, offering research methodology, project development, implementation and management of multicentre research studies for academia and industry. 
  • Noted for advancements in areas such as nutritional therapies in the critically ill, improvement in palliative and end-of-life care, and prevention and reduction of ventilator-associated pneumonia.

Electrophysiology Lab  

  • State-of-the-art lab features MediGuide Technology, providing real-time, precision 3D imaging of catheters and tools while inside the heart.
  • Internationally recognized for research and training in novel approaches for treating cardiac arrhythmia. 

Environmental Exposure Unit (EEU)

  • Gold-standard indoor, 140-seat allergen challenge facility for studying effectiveness of anti-allergic medications and drug candidates for allergic rhinitis. 
  • Services include study design, planning and management, labs and pharmacy services and data collection services.

Gastrointestinal Diseases Research Unit (GIDRU) 

  • 10,000 sq-ft research hub linking medical, surgical and pathology clinicians and scientists in biomedical and molecular sciences, targeting causes and treatments for diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and related conditions.   
  • Leading-edge molecular biology and tissue culture facility, confocal microscopy, ion imaging / electrophysiology laboratory and “Robogut” lab developing novel treatments for C. difficile. 

Human Mobility Research Centre (HMRC) 

  • Integrated Queen’s-hospital research hub for bone and joint disorders, bringing together clinicians and scientists from medicine, engineering, health sciences and computer science. 
  • Computer-enhanced surgical suites and specialized labs for connective tissue, bio-simulation, tissue processing, prosthesis design, software development and gait analysis. 
  • Developing novel diagnostic techniques, new drug therapies, improved repair and reconstruction procedures, and enhanced rehabilitation strategies.


  • The world's first robotic system for precisely measuring the effects of brain injury on motor and cognitive function, KINARM is available at all of Kingston Health Sciences Centres’ campus sites.
  • Used for research into a wide range of brain injuries and diseases, such as stroke, concussion, cardiac arrest and Parkinson’s disease. 

Laboratory of Clinical Exercise Physiology (LACEP)

  • Focus on understanding the function of multiple organ systems and the factors that  work together to limit exercise capacity in health and disease
  • State-of-the-art equipment and world-leading, non-invasive techniques enable simultaneous recordings of cardio, pulmonary, and circulatory systems. 

Respiratory Investigation Unit (RIU)

  • Studies the mechanical, chemical and psychological mechanisms of dyspnea (respiratory discomfort) and activity limitation in patients with cardiorespiratory disease (eg. emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, heart failure, using leading-edge breathing and exercise tests and imaging techniques. 
  • A leader in the development of best practices for treating Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) 

Canadian Cancer Trials Group Tumour Bank

  • The Canadian Cancer Trials Group Tumour Tissue Data Repository (TTDR) was established in 1997 to support Correlative Science, and contains unique disease specific collections which are linked to an associated clinical dataset

Ontario Tumour Bank

  • Kingston Health Sciences Cenre is one of 4 Ontario sires supporting and contributing to the Ontario Tumour Bank. Industry and academic researchers can request access to samples and data for research purposes.

Our intellectual property and commercialization partner is the Office of Partnerships and Innovation at Queen's University.    
Contact:  Dr. Mike Wells, Manager, Commercial Development, Life Sciences: michael.wells@queensu.ca 

For information on research partnerships, please contact Seth Chitayat, Director, Research Partnerships, Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen's University.

For general RI information, please contact Lisa McAvoy, Research Administration Facilitator, at 613-549-6666 x 3344

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