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 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

  • Dedicated,10,000-square-foot research space where patients and families collaborate with scientists, doctors and treatment teams to improve health care.
  • Includes state-of-the-art labs, clinical investigation unit with overnight stay facilities, examining and treatment rooms, meeting spaces and shared works spaces. 
  • Located on Connell 4, KGH site. 

Other facilities:

Asthma Research Unit (ARU)

  • Research in a broad spectrum of asthma-related conditions including mechanisms of cough in asthma, work-related asthma, asthma health services and outcomes research, asthma guidelines implementation, asthma clinical trials and asthma education.
  • Our interactive AsthmaLife® website provides trusted information, e-learning and other resources to support patient self-management in partnership with their health-care providers.  

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.

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.

Centre for Neuroscience Studies Labs

  • CNS facilities at KHSC's Hotel Dieu site feature Kinarm, eye-tracking and behavioural assessment laboratories. 
  • CNS facilities at the W.J. Henderson Centre for Patient-Oriented Research, KGH site, feature Kinarm and eye-tracking labs. 

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 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.

Human Mobility Research Lab (HMRL)  

  • State-of-the-art facility with unique infrastructure to measure the mechanical factors of joint loading, orientation, and neuromuscular function during activities of daily living, including high demand recreational and occupational tasks.
  •  Motion capture system with optoelectronic cameras allows researchers to analyze joint angles, oxygen consumption, joint loading and muscle activation.   

Kinarm Labs  

  • The world's first robotic system for precisely measuring the effects of brain injury on motor and cognitive function.
  • Used for research into a wide range of brain injuries and diseases, such as stroke, concussion, cardiac arrest and Parkinson’s disease. 

  • Available at all of Kingston Health Sciences Centres’ campus sites and Providence Care Hospital.

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. 

Ontario Tumour Bank

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

Ophthalmology Simulation Lab

  •  Surgical skills simulation wetlab enables learners to gain stage-appropriate skills, facilitating their transition to surgery on real patients.
  • Facilities include OR instruments, phacoemulsification machine, and pathology microscope with projection capabilities for examining specimens on a large colour monitor.

 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) 

Skeletal Observation Laboratory  

  • 1,500-sq-foot lab capable of imaging the human body’s bones and joints in motion during high-impact, vigorous activity.
  • Equipment includes ultra low-dose (100 times lower than standard), loadbearing CAT scanner for imaging bones during motion, high-speed X-ray and video camera, capable of 1000 frames/second and synchronized ultrasound system, for measuring mechanics and ‘stretch’ of soft tissue.

Kingston Health Sciences Centre Commercialization Services

Our intellectual property and commercialization partner is the Office of Partnerships and Innovation at Queen's University.

For general RI information, please contact Lisa McAvoy, Clinical Research Liaison Officer, at 613-549-6666 x 3344

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