Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Lawson is currently operating in Phase 4 of the Institute's phased research resumption. 

Lawson’s Administration Team remains committed to our community and will continue to meet the needs of research; however, we may at times experience reduced capacity and service levels.

Information for research participants

In our ongoing efforts to help keep the community safe, virtual visits for all study participants are being encouraged whenever possible. You may still be asked to come to a hospital site for your visit if it is essential as part of your care and participation in the research study. Necessary medical research has been deemed an essential service by the province of Ontario. 

Your study team will contact you directly if there are any changes to your involvement including scheduled visits. You can also contact the study team should you have questions about your involvement and treatment (if applicable). Where possible, research teams will be using telephone or online communication to connect with you. 

Any questions or concerns can be sent to Lawson directly at @email

Please note that London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care London sites have implemented visitor restrictions and active screening for anyone entering the buildings. 


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Information for study sponsors

Lawson Health Research Institute values the partnerships we share with sponsors to advance the health of patients around the world. We continue to facilitate sponsor visits using virtual methods  wherever possible to protect the health and safety of our community. 

Please download our remote monitoring guidance document and check back regularly for the most recent version (last updated on August 25, 2022). 

For more information or questions, pleases contact Lawson’s Quality Assurance and Education team at @email.

On-Site visits by sponsor and regulatory representatives 

On-site visits by research (sponsor or regulatory) representatives are permitted in compliance with provincial directives. Individuals must be fully immunized, unless they meet the human rights exemption criteria; and must show proof of such at the screening door. While on-site, research representatives should maintain physical distancing, perform meticulous hand hygiene and adhere to universal masking/PPE policies. Remote visits should be conducted whenever possible.

Find internal guidance document on supporting on-site visits (GUI-014) as well as our the updated remote monitoring guidance document for sponsors

Updates from our hospital and academic partners:

For more information about COVID-19, please visit the Middlesex London Health Unit website

COVID-19 research in London's hospitals

The COVID-19 pandemic is proving to be one of the most pressing health challenges of our time. As the health research institute of London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care London, Lawson excels in rapid response research and has been uniquely positioned to tackle this problem from within hospital walls.

Find out more about how our research community has responded to the battle against COVID-19: 

Understanding COVID-19 


Researchers team up with Diagnostics Biochem Canada to study COVID-19


COVID-19 shown to leave unique lung fingerprint


Treating COVID-19 


‘This will be a huge benefit for society because sepsis is the leading cause of death worldwide’


Pulmonary surfactant potential treatment for COVID-19-induced respiratory failure


Studying the impacts of the pandemic 


Examining the health impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on mothers and their new babies


Monitoring the effects of COVID-19 quarantine measures on young adults with mood and anxiety disorders