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Research / Research Administration

Research Administration

Our mission is to create an environment that encourages and supports world-class research at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH); to work together with our researchers, hospital administration, and foundation staff to provide the research infrastructure required to continue to advance medical science.

Members of the Research Administration staff are available to facilitate the conduct of research at SJHH.  Our services include:

  • Review and negotiation of all research contracts and agreements
  • Providing research education
  • Conducting audits for clinical trials to help researchers ensure compliance with guidelines and regulations
  • Liaising closely with Human Resources on personnel requirements for research staff
  • Developing and managing the financial aspects of research project accounts and the preparation of statements
  • Providing financial expertise to researchers during external audits of research projects
  • Managing research laboratory matters and lab equipment maintenance
  • Organizing corporate research committees
  • Maintaining research policies and procedures
  • Administering the peer review process for the Research Institute Award Program




Our institution ensures that all research is performed ethically, in accordance with the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans. 

The Hamilton Integrated Research Ethics Board (HiREB) is a jointly constituted board of St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, Hamilton Health Sciences, and McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences. To view the required documentation and information, please visit the HiREB website.

HiREB requires proof of completion of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training in order to gain approvals. Tri-Council Policy Statement training is optional yet recommended. There are links to both types of training, as well as Standard Operating Procedures, on MyStJoes.