Lawson Health Research Institute is known worldwide for its innovative medical research. We are closely integrated with collaborative groups across Canada, North America and in more than 40 countries around the world – we know how to work as a team. This collaboration allows us to offer a wide range of clinical research experience, facilities and technology, and business opportunities. View a comprehensive list of our capabilities.

Clinical research

Lawson has clinical research experience in all medical disciplines from prenatal and paediatric care to aging and geriatric care. Opportunities exist for Phase I – IV Trials, sponsored, peer-reviewed or investigator-initiated clinical research.

Lawson Clinical Research Services (LCRS)
LCRS is a versatile, fully-staffed facility that provides increased clinical trials capacity to investigators from London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) and St. Joseph’s Health Care London (St. Joseph’s), as well as community physicians and dentists. LCRS provides the expertise and facilities to manage the clinical, technical and administrative aspects of both investigator and industry-sponsored research. The facility offers clients the opportunity to contract services, in whole or in part, required to successfully conduct clinical research.

Gerald C. Baines Centre for Translational Cancer Research
Located in Victoria Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), the Gerald C. Baines Centre was established as a partnership between Lawson, LHSC’s London Regional Cancer Program, the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and Western University. The centre supports citywide translational cancer research by linking researchers from multiple disciplines with academic clinicians and facilitating knowledge transfer between teams.

Lilibeth Caberto Kidney Clinical Research Unit (KCRU)
The KCRU is dedicated to clinical research in the areas of kidney health, kidney disease and treatments of dialysis and kidney transplantation. There are over 70 active clinical research studies being coordinated through the KCRU, a 4,000 square-foot facility located at London Health Sciences Centre’s Victoria Hospital. The KCRU also fosters strong ongoing collaboration with the ICES Kidney Dialysis and Transplant Program, which is sited adjacent to the KCRU facility.

Clinical Research and Chronic Disease Centre (CRCDC)
The CRCDC at St. Joseph’s Hospital is the first dedicated clinical research space for chronic disease in our region, bringing together researchers in one state-of-the-art healthcare facility. Diabetes, cardiac rehabilitation, and breast cancer research are the core research areas utilizing the CRCDC with the goal of translating research findings from “bench-to-bedside.” Research done in these areas will improve outcomes for those individuals living with chronic disease.

Facilities and Technology

At Lawson, we have joined with our partner research and clinical institutions to provide core research facilities and expertise for highly technical areas in a cost effective manner.

ICES Western
ICES Western is a satellite site of the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, a not-for-profit research institute encompassing a community of research, data and clinical experts, and a secure and accessible array of Ontario’s health-related data. ICES researchers use this data to produce unique scientific insights that improve understanding of health care issues, guide decision-making and inform changes in care delivery in Ontario.

Commercialization and Business Development

Commercialization opportunities at Lawson are managed through WORLDiscoveries®.

WORLDiscoveries® is the business development arm of London’s extensive research network, created through a partnership between Lawson, Robarts Research Institute and Western University. With their industry connections, sector-specific market knowledge, and business development expertise, the WORLDiscoveries® team helps researchers and local inventors commercialize their discoveries through licensing and new company spin-offs.

Training and Education

Lawson is an international training centre for students: co-op, summer, pre-graduate, graduate, postdoctoral fellow and resident. The Lawson environment is unique for its first-class facilities, its location in an active biomedical research community and the pleasant surroundings of the city of London, Ontario. Most training opportunities are coordinated through our academic partner Western University, with many positions affiliated with divisions of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. With Lawson’s guidance, our students are ready for the global workplace. We’re proud to say that all of them continue to enhance the reputation of Lawson and Western University.

Lawson Association of Fellows & Students (LAFS)
LAFS is comprised of postdoctoral fellows, technicians and graduate students. The group ensures an engaging research and academic setting, offers a political voice in the future direction of Lawson, and organizes social events across the London research community.

London Health Research Day
London Health Research Day is a partnership between Lawson and the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University. It is the region’s premier research showcase event, highlighting outstanding research by students, trainees, clinical fellows and postdoctoral scholars from across the city of London. As the largest research day of its kind in Ontario, more than 700 people attend this event each year. The day includes poster and platform presentations, The Lucille & Norton Wolf Health Research Lecture Series, and a networking session for trainees and industry partners.

Talks on FridayS (TOFS)
Talks on FridayS (TOFS) is a weekly, student-run seminar series hosted by Lawson. It is designed to provide students with opportunities to develop professional skills and experience, including presenting conference-style oral presentations to an audience; preparing for internal competitions, such as London Health Research Day; and networking with other members of Lawson’s research community, with the potential to identify prospective career and collaborative opportunities.