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Research / Research Participation




Research Participation

Research at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton relies on the involvement of researchers, clinicians, allied health professionals and research participants. Without research participants, researchers cannot successfully test the effectiveness of new drugs, treatments and therapies.

The video below outlines how clinical research studies can improve the treatments and care that patients receive.

Clinical research studies often try to evaluate:

  • if a certain drug is useful in treating a given illness
  • if the treatment of an illness improves with a different dose of medication
  • if a drug that is already available can also treat another disease
  • if participant responses and involvement can help researchers to better understand the causes and effects of illnesses

The public is encouraged to be a part of the clinical research process and help our researchers to answer these questions.  As an academic health sciences centre, visitors and patients may be asked to participate in research.  Some studies recruit participants to fill out questionnaires or participate in diagnostic tests, while others involve the evaluation of new medications and treatments. By taking part in research at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, participants are helping researchers improve the quality of life of patients at SJHH and around the world.

All clinical research studies at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton must be approved by the Hamilton Integrated Research Ethics Board (HiREB) to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants involved.  HiREB is a group of scientists, clinicians and ethicists who review the ethical and scientific merits of any study involving humans.

If you are interested in participating in respiratory research, please visit the Pulmonary Research Registry webpage to learn more about being contacted for current and future studies.

If you are interested in taking part in other types of research at St. Joe's, ask your caretaker or physician about getting involved and visit the list of recruiting research studies below.


Currently Recruiting Research Studies

Researchers at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and UHN-Toronto Western Hospital are conducting a study about how an investigational drug affects performance on aggression tasks and aggression-related psychology testing. This may one day help us to treat anger and aggression more effectively using a medication.

Click on the thumbnail below for more information:



Are you currently responding to ANTIDEPRESSANT MEDICATION?

You may be eligible for a study investigating relapse of depressive symptoms in people who are currently responding well to antidepressant medication.

You may be eligible if you are:

  • 18-65 years of age
  • Currently receiving treatment with ANTIDEPRESSANT MEDICATION
  • Interested in wearing a wrist-worn device to measure activity and sleep

Participants will be compensated for time and expenses.

If you are interested, please contact our Study Coordinator at:
905-522-1155 ext. 39178 or




If you are 18+ and your current medications are not working, you may be eligible to receive genetic-guided treatment for your Depression. You will be compensated for your study visits.

For more information, contact Olivia Allega or 905-522-1155 x39526
Details of the study can be found at



The Sexual Behaviours Clinic at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton is seeking healthy, English-speaking adult males (ages 18-65) to participate in a study of sexual behaviour and response. This research will contribute to the understanding of problems with sexual behaviour and interest. Research participants will be asked to attend the Sexual Behaviours Clinic at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton for approximately four hours. Participants will be compensated for their time. If you are interested in participating or want more information please contact: Christina at the SBC.

Sexual Behaviours Clinic
905-522-1155, extension: 35422


The Mood Disorders Program at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton is recruiting participants for clinical research trials for treatment of depression using standard Health Canada approved antidepressant medications.

These studies include a full clinical assessment and follow up with a psychiatrist.

If you are interested, please contact our Study Coordinator at 905-522-1155 ext. 39178 or



Have you been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD, autism, PDD-NOS, or Asperger's Syndrome)?

Are you between 18-45 years of age?

Researchers at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton are currently conducting clinical trials to investigate whether Intranasal Oxytocin helps to improve symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder, specifically social functioning and repetitive behaviours.

To learn more about this study, please contact: Iulia Patriciu at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton at 905-522-1155 ext. 39774 or via email at