Research and Innovation

Transforming the delivery of health care

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As a leading community academic hospital serving a diverse community, North York General Hospital (NYGH) has a long track record of innovation in patient safety and process improvements.  

NYGH excels in applied community-based research with successful provincial and national funding. North York General essentially functions as a "Living Lab" in learning and research that matters to everyone — specifically, research impacting patient- and family-centred health care. 

With every research question we are thinking beyond what we know to achieve tangible benefits for our patients and implement community-based innovation beyond our walls.


Research and Innovation (R&I) has grown considerably since its conception in 2012. More than 70 people work in a constructive, influential environment where everyone is empowered to innovate and positively impact on the delivery of care through the established presence of five strategic Research Chairs. Our aspiration is to create an institute for research and innovation to foster the creative efforts of people passionate about improving the delivery of health care. Support for this institute is led by the North York General Foundation

R&I is helping investigators meet potential collaborators, seek funding, manage grants, agreements, and intellectual property, and gain access to the resources required to be successful. 

The Research Ethics Board at NYGH ensures that research is designed and conducted with the utmost regard for the people who choose to participate in research studies.

Generous support from donors, the North York General Foundation, and NYGH led to the creation of the 
Exploration Fund, which allows investigators to test promising ideas and compete for research grants from external agencies. 

NYGH is also transforming health care with 
Clinical Trials by providing patients with alternatives. Through these clinical trials, North York General is contributing to improvements in medicine and the delivery of health care beyond our walls.

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Our aspiration is to create an institute for research and innovation to foster the creative efforts of people passionate about improving the delivery of health care. 

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