The London Kidney Clinical Research Unit (KCRU) is a 4000 square foot facility at London Health Sciences Centre’s Victoria Hospital dedicated to clinical patient oriented research, population health, health services research, and health informatics. This unit fosters research by an integrated group of clinician investigators, epidemiologists, biostatisticians, information specialists, research coordinators, administrators and programmers. Dr. Chris McIntyre is the current Director.
There are over 50 active research studies currently being coordinated through the unit (clinical trials, observational studies, research synthesis, population health studies, international registries, information retrieval, and analyses of large health care databases). Supported by this team, many undergraduate students, medical students, internal medicine residents, research fellows and training clinician investigators have enjoyed considerable academic success: first author papers in leading medical journals, investigators in peer reviewed grants, research awards and scholarships, podium presentations at international meetings and work featuring in the popular media.
Many trainees have earned graduate degrees (Masters, Doctoral) from the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Western Ontario, and the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University. Many have published using the large health care databases of Ontario held at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. Health informatics databases have been accessed through collaborations with the Health Information Research Unit at McMaster University.