The Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) champions advances in therapy, multi-disciplinary approaches to patient care, teaching and innovative health research taking place on the frontlines of patient care. Our advanced technologies and well developed telehealth networks enable researchers to include patients in remote areas. 

In any given year, approximately 280 researchers are engaged in more than 1300 research projects. This translates into about $26 million in annual research revenues and provide support to more than 360 dedicated research personnel including 150 experienced research coordinators. 

NSHA's superior research strengths include:

Extensive experience and expertise

  • More than 280 experienced principal investigators, physicians and other health care professionals including many nationally and internationally recognized experts in a wide range of fields.
  • More than 300 dedicated research personnel including over 150 experienced professional coordinators all externally funded from research projects.
  • Active clinical research in at least 30 major disciplines including specialty areas such as brain repair, cancer, cardiac sciences and enteroviruses. The QEII is the regional centre for the Canadian HIV Trials Network.
  • Close affiliation with Dalhousie University Medical School, which ensures strong basic research support and maximum crossover from laboratory to clinical application.

Stable, reliable patient base

  • Exceptionally stable patient base with a traditional interest and willingness to participate in health-related studies offers invaluable continuity, particularly for multi-year studies.

Advanced Technologies/Facilities

  • Advanced technologies, including well-developed telemedicine networks, enable researchers to include patients in remote areas.
  • Access to the Sanofi Pasteur Vaccine Challenge Unit - a ten bed inpatient unit with singe isolation rooms, located at the IWK Health Centre. This is the first of its kind in Canada and one of a very few such facilities worldwide.
  • Access to the Skills Centre for Health Sciences, first of its kind in Atlantic Canada, this 4,000-square-foot facility offers an impressive range of services, equipment, models and unique materials that health care professionals use to rehearse medical procedures.

Dedicated administrative expertise

  • Contract and grant facilitation and support.
  • Comprehensive education for research personnel, Investigators and Research Ethics Board Members.
  • Dedicated research space.
  • Financial and human resource management for research projects.
  • Timely ethical review according to national and international guidelines andregulations.
  • Continuing quality review of research including an internal audit program.

Communication within the research community and beyond

  • Research in Progress - a bimonthly newsletter for the research community.
  • Focus - an ongoing series of booklets that highlight one particular area of research, demonstrating innovative research and the positive effects on patient care.
  • Annual Report - a publication that focuses on one aspect of research, recent research advances, awards and accolades.
  • Research publications, presentations, abstracts and posters database.