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Research Groups at Horizon

Horizon Health Network is home to a number of renowned research teams and centres, studying a wide range of diseases and disorders across the lifespan. To learn more about our researchers, please visit the links below.

Canada East Spine Centre (CESC)

At its core, CESC aims to conduct research that translates into improved care and outcomes for those suffering from varied spinal conditions. This research group conducts research that leads to a better understanding surrounding treatment of complex spinal conditions and the mechanisms and effects of chronic pain on this population. The team is also interested in research that investigates how psychological and social factors influence outcomes, narcotic use for pain management, and how to optimize treatment in the peri-operative period. With the highest-volume spine surgery centre in Atlantic Canada, the Centre also is home to the largest single-site prospective spine surgery outcomes database in Canada.To learn more about the CESC, visit their website or follow them on Twitter.

Cardiovascular Research New Brunswick

Since 2010, Cardiovascular Research NB's mission has been to lead, coordinate, and develop clinical research with the goal of improving the quality of cardiovascular care in New Brunswick. Home to several rich databases, CVRNB actively uses the data to run innovative studies that inform policy-making and practice. The research efforts of CVRNB have led to quality improvement initiatives, publications, & presentations, and have been essential to developing health policy strategies and clinical practice guidelines.To learn more about Cardiovascular Research New Brunswick, visit their website and follow the team on Twitter.

Centre for Research, Education & Clinical Care of At-Risk Populations

Research at RECAP takes place in the community where marginalized populations at-risk for or positive for hepatitis C live. The goals for RECAP's research are to improve clinical care and improve education on key topics for this population, including harm reduction strategies, social determinants of health, patient and family health improvement, and preventative medicine. RECAP provides hepatitis C positive patients from New Brunswick the opportunity to enroll in the Hepatitis C Positive and At Risk Database. The HEAR database aims to better understand individuals living with or at risk for hepatitis C from a demographic, medical and social perspective. To learn more about RECAP, visit their website and follow them on Twitter.

Geriatrics Research

Research in Geriatrics is promoted and supported through several ways by Horizon Health Network to meet the needs of New Brunswick's aging population. Identifying innovating ways through pursuit of excellence in healthcare research will provide evidenced-informed best practices to meet those needs and improve quality of life for our New Brunswick seniors. Central to this pursuit of excellence is bringing together Horizon Health employees in collaboration with other health researchers at universities and regional health authorities for relevant research projects at the inception of research studies continuing through the research process to dissemination of research findings.

Hematology Research Centre

The Hematology Research Centre, located at the Saint John Regional Hospital, conducts clinical trials of new drug treatments with the goal of improving patient outcomes. Partnered with groups such as the Myeloma Canada Research Network, the centre assists in research initiatives that examine leukemia, iron deficiencies, stem cell transplants, and so much more. Certain trials through the centre provide patients access to new and innovative treatments.To learn more about the Hematology Research Centre, please contact the team.

NB Trauma

The NB Trauma Program Research Sub-Committee supports research that will lead to innovation in injury prevention, trauma care and survival, or improved quality of life for trauma patients in NB. The Trauma Research Subcommittee actively supports excellence in trauma research provincially through awarding an annual trauma research grant, providing advice to trauma researchers, and by presenting research findings at major trauma and emergency medicine conferences.To learn more about NB Trauma, visit their website and follow them on Twitter.

Rehabilitation Research at the Stan Cassidy Centre

The Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation conducts local, national and international clinical studies involving persons who have neurological and neuromuscular injuries and diseases, on site and in collaboration with the UNB Institute of Biomedical Engineering. The Stan Cassidy Centre has a Research Committee that includes professionals in a variety of disciplines, including Nursing, Physiotherapy, Psychology, and Occupational Therapy. The Research Committee meets every other month to provide support for staff initiated projects, as well as start-up funds and research dissemination. To learn more about Rehabilitation Research at the Stan Cassidy Centre, visit their website.

Saint John MS Clinic

The SJ MS Clinic actively supports research initiatives with the goal of gaining a better understanding of the cause and unpredictable course of the neurodegenerative disorder, while improving the quality of life and treatments for MS patients. Home to the SJ MS Database, the clinic is involved in leading innovative research projects, assisting in clinical trials, and presenting their findings at international conferences. To learn more about research at the Saint John MS Clinic, please contact Shauna Sommerville.

SJRH Emergency Medicine Research

Established in 2010, the Dalhousie University and Horizon Health Network Emergency Medicine Research program was created with the aim to investigate patient oriented outcomes and to achieve improved patient care through research and knowledge translation. Partnered with local, national, and international institutions, the program has collaborated in research areas of medical education, trauma outcomes and injury prevention.To learn more about SJRHEM, visit their website and follow them on Twitter.

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