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International Research at UHN

About International Research at UHN

With its four hospitals and five research institutes, UHN is Canada's largest research hospital undertaking the full spectrum of biomedical research—from basic discovery to clinical studies to commercialization—across numerous disciplines and disease foci including cancer, transplantation, cardiology, the neurosciences, infectious diseases and health services. Affiliated with the University of Toronto and located in the heart of the Toronto Discovery District, UHN is home to world-renowned clinicians and scientists who are supported by state-of-the-art facilities and resources. This incredible diversity of research and the complexity of cases at UHN have made it a national and international source not just for education and patient care, but also discovery.

Research Institutes

Krembil Research Institute

The Krembil Research Institute is the research arm of Toronto Western Hospital and is home to a number of research programs in the neural and visual sciences, musculoskeletal disease and urban and community health priorities. Krembil scientists explore the function of the nervous system as they develop treatments for spinal cord injuries, cerebral ischemia, vascular malformations, brain tumours, neuro-ophthalmologic disorders and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. They investigate the causes of and potential therapies for arthritis and associated degenerative diseases. They also study the basic mechanisms of vision in health and disease with the goal of eliminating blindness and impaired vision in humans. To learn more about Krembil, click here.


Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre is one of the top five cancer research centres in the world. It houses a team of internationally recognized scientists that seek to understand all aspects of cancer through research in stem cells, cell signaling, cell biology, structural biology, immunology and immune therapy, psychosocial oncology and palliative care. It also includes the Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute and the Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research. Princess Margaret Cancer Centre has 385,000 square feet of cutting-edge research space that is equipped with state-of-the-art tools for research including facilities for molecular imaging, guided therapeutics, genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics. To learn more about Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, click here.

Toronto General Research Institute

The Toronto General Research Institute (TGRI) is the research division of Toronto General Hospital and is home to one of the world's leading research programs with multidisciplinary experts in the fields of cardiology, transplantation, immunology and autoimmunity, infectious diseases, tissue injury, diabetes and regenerative medicine. More than a hundred and fifty scientists and clinicians work side by side to bring innovative research findings from the lab to the bedside. These ground-breaking discoveries have led to therapeutic advances in organ transplantation, cardiac pacemakers and novel therapies in endocrine and autoimmune disorders. To learn more about TGRI, click here.

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute

The Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI) is dedicated to improving the lives of people living with the effects of disability, illness and age-related health conditions. With the second largest rehabilitation research program in North America, TRI researchers have access to advanced facilities where ideas can be cultivated and tested in real-life settings. The program has a broad focus that spans from artificial intelligence to communication, health care efficiency and mobility. Research innovations at Toronto Rehab allow for the development of new treatments, technologies and products to prevent injury, restore function and assist caregivers. To learn more about TRI, click here.

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Techna Institute

Techna is a new institute at UHN, in collaboration with the University of Toronto, devoted to the advancement of health technologies. Its mission is twofold: to shorten the time interval from technology discovery and development to application of such technologies for the benefit of patients and the health care system, and to facilitate the convergence of basic investigation, technology development and translational research. Techna represents a paradigm shift towards demand-driven activities and the organizational alignment of the needs of the research hospital and the research enterprise. To learn more about Techna, click here​.​