Queen’s University opens neuroscience research labs at Hotel Dieu Hospital

Dignitaries cutting ribbon for new labThe Queen’s University Centre for Neuroscience Studies (CNS) announced today the launch of its new clinical labs at Hotel Dieu Hospital. The labs represent an opportunity for neuroscience researchers at Queen’s to participate in clinical research next to colleagues providing care in the hospital’s outpatient clinics.

“We are very excited about the launch of our new integrated clinical research facility, which is designed for clinical behavioural assessment,” says Doug Munoz, CNS Director.  

“This is part of a strategy for patient-oriented research in Canada to better integrate clinical research into patient care. It allows the researchers to work next to the clinicians to speed research knowledge translation and ultimately improve patient care.”

Located in 1,870 square feet of newly renovated space, the labs will study a wide range of neurological conditions including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disease, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, stroke and dyslexia.  Situated at Hotel Dieu—the main outpatient facility in Kingston—the facility is easily accessible for patients and the community.

“This lab creates a unique partnership between us and the Centre for Neuroscience Studies,” says David Pichora, Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Dieu Hospital.

“Its close proximity to the specialized outpatient clinics at Hotel Dieu creates a strong clinical connection, providing a major advantage for researchers as they work to change life outcomes through early diagnosis of neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders.  Their work will improve our ability to diagnose and care for patients here and across Canada.”

The CNS is the focal point of a centre for research and scholarship in neuroscience, whose scope will encompass elements of all aspects of neuroscience across campus.  The missions of the centre include furthering the understanding of brain organization and function, as well as enhancing societal neurological and mental health, with emphasis upon improving the quality of life for those affected by neurological and psychiatric diseases.

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