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More than 100,000 IWK patients and families joined the IWK Research Registry this year. We thank them for their interest in research at the IWK.

Help us to improve care and the quality of life for patients and families in your community and across the globe.

IWK Health’s investment in research has led to many improvements in health care for women, children and families. By joining the research registry patients are able to support this important work.

When you register with the IWK, you will be asked if the IWK can contact you about future research studies. If you agree to be included in the research registry, it will be recorded as part of your health record. You are free to change your mind at any time.

The research registry pulls information from the IWK health information system to identify patients interested in taking part in approved IWK research studies. It allows approved IWK researchers to review limited personal health information about patients who are interested in being contacted for future research studies. This information is kept confidential, secure and protected and will be used only so that IWK researchers may review it to determine if you are a potential candidate for a study. If you are, then they may contact you to ask if you want to take part in the approved study.

Click on any of the links below to find out more information about the IWK Research Registry or learn more about current studies that happening right now!

IWK Research Registry Brochure

IWK Research Registry Guidelines

IWK Research Registry Planning Form

IWK Health currently has these studies available:


Research Registry – FAQs for Patients

Please click the button below to view our FAQ (PDF).




If you would like to be added to our mailing list and receive our weekly E-Bulletin let us know. Our E-Bulletin is updated with upcoming educational opportunities and accomplishments. Be part of our research community.




Research Rounds are presentations by researchers (who are often clinicians as well) from IWK Health. This discussion is appropriate to an audience with a wide range of backgrounds.

Have you ever wondered how decisions get made in the health system? How doctors, nurses, or psychologists develop the best plan of care? Patient care, and the research that improves care, is everyone’s business. These quick 45-minute conversations allow researchers to give an overview of the evidence in their field, to discuss research that is happening locally in a way that makes sense to everyone. This is a great opportunity to learn about local research, and to learn more about a topic that may directly relate to your health.

For questions, please contact:


Schedule of Presenters for 2021

To see a summary of past Research Rounds talks, please click on the presenter's title for that month.

June 7th –  Rachel Ollivier Exploring Postpartum Sexual Health in Nova Scotia Using Feminist Poststructuralism. Registered Nurse, IWK Health.

May 3rd –  Jason Emsley Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Patient Volumes, Acuity and Outcomes in Pediatric Emergency Departments. A Nationwide Study Assistant Professor, Dalhousie Emergency Medicine Physician.

April 12th –  Megan Aston and Sheri Price Blessing & Curses: Parental Postpartum Experiences During COVID-19. Associate Professors, Dalhousie School of Nursing. Clinician Scientist, IWK Health.


Schedule of Presenters for 2020

To see a summary of past Research Rounds talks, please click on the presenter's title for that month.

September 30th –  Janet Curran NS COVID-19 Health Research Coalition Recipient, Janet Curran. Learning Health System Framework for a Brighter Future. Principal Investigator, Strengthening Transitions in Pediatric Care, IWK. Associate Professor, Dalhousie School of Nursing. Clinician Scientist, IWK Health.

June 23rd –  Alyson Kelvin Coronavirus Rapid Response Grant Member, Dr. Alyson Kelvin: On The Front Lines Of The Vaccine Battle Department of Pediatrics, Assistant Professor and Virologist, Dalhousie University. Canadian Centre for Vaccinology, Division of Infectious Diseases, IWK Health. Click here to watch the video of Research Round, June 23rd, 2020

March 17th –  Jordan Sheriko Rehabilitation Research: Building New Possibilities. Division of Neurology, Medical Director of IWK Rehabilitation Services, Assistant Professor, Dalhousie University.

February 18th –  Allana Munro An Interdisciplinary Approach to Managing Chronic Pelvic Pain.Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesia, Dalhousie University. Anesthesiologist, Department of Women’s and Obstetric Anesthesia, IWK Health.


Schedule of Presenters for 2019

To see a summary of past Research Rounds talks, please click on the presenter's title for that month.

November 7th –  Dr. Christine Cassidy, Ms. Shauna Best, Ms. Sydney Breneol, Ms. Sarah King, Dr. Janet Curran, and Dr. Emma Burn PANEL DISCUSSION: Fostering Clinical and Academic Research Collaborations to Address Practice Gaps. 

May 2nd –  Erna Snelgrove-Clarke Women’s Health Research: Evidence Impacting Care & OutcomesAssociate Professor, School of Nursing at Dalhousie University, Associate Dean Academic (Acting) of Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Health.

April 4th –  Sandra Meier Social Interaction & Youth Mental HealthAssociate Professor, Department of Psychiatry at Dalhousie University holding a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Developmental Psychopathology and Youth Mental Health.

March 7th –  Jon Dorling Focusing on the Future: Family Integrated CareDepartment of Pediatrics at Dalhousie University as a Professor of Pediatrics and Head of the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, at Dalhousie University and IWK Health.

February 7th – Martha Paynter Maternal Health Outcomes of Incarcerated Women. Dalhousie University School of Nursing Chair, Women's Wellness Within. 


Schedule of Presenters for 2018

To see a summary of past Research Rounds talks, please click on the presenter's title for that month.

December 4th – Dr. Francesca Di Cara Peroxisomes In Health And Disease. Microbiology & Immunology, Department of Pediatrics. 

November 1st – Shannan Grant & Antonia Harvey  Using A Community-Based Approach To Pediatric Nutrition Intervention Evaluation. Department of Applied Human Nutrition Mount Saint Vincent University.

October 4th – Dr. Steve Kisely The Mental Health Implication of Offending in Childhood or Adolescence. Psychiatry, Community Health and Epidemiology.

May 3rd – Dr. Ron El-Hawary Scoliosis in 3D. Orthopedics.

April 5th – Dr. Isabel M. Smith Autism Spectrum Disorder: What Can Longitudinal Studies Teach Us? Autism Spectrum Disorder & Longitudinal Research Design.

March 1st – Panel Presentation Patient Engagement: Dr. Anthony Otley, Dr. Janet Curran, Dr. Erna Snelgrove-Clarke, Dr. Jill Chorney, Dr. Margot Latimer, Dr. Paul Hong & Patient / Parent Research Team Members.

February 1st – Cora Cole & Lori Wozney GreyLit - The Missing Piece in Your Decision Making. GreyLit Research Literature and Publishing.


Schedule of Presenters for 2017

To see a summary of past Research Rounds talks, please click on the presenter's title for that month.

December 21st – Dr. Steve Kisely The Lasting Physical & Psychological Harms Of Child Maltreatment: Prospective Data Through to Adulthood from a Birth Cohort of Babies Born in 1980's in Brisbane, Australia. Child Maltreatment.

November 2nd – Dr. Jason Berman Something Fishy is Going On: Using Zebrafish to Model Childhood Cancers and Other Rare Genetic Disorders. Research.

October 5th – Dr. Britney Benoit Forging New Discoveries Toward Infant Pain Assessment & Management. Newborn Pain.

September 7th – Dr. Johan Van Limbergen Us and Them or We? Microbiome Beyond Diversity. Gastroenterology.

July 6th – Dr. Andrea Bishop Improving Transitions from the Emergency Department to Home by Engaging and Partnering with Parents. Transitions in Care.

June 15th – Dr. Tony Otley Research Priority Setting in Inflammatory Bowel Disease: the Powerful Impact of Engaging Patients and Families in Research. Gastroenterology.

May 4th – Dr. Erna Snelgrove-Clarke Working Together to Improve Patient Outcomes: Using Best Evidence in Practice. Obstetrics & Gynecology.

April 6th – Dr. Ronald George Anesthesia & Childbirth: How Research has Shaped Care at the IWK. Anesthesia.

Research Site Map


Contact Us

IWK Health Research Services
5850/5980 University Ave
PO Box 9700
Nova Scotia, B3K 6R8

If you have a general question about research, our services, facilities or programs please email us below.

If you are looking for a specific individual from one of our departments or facilities please select the button below to view the research services team (individual contact information is provided here).


Research E-Bulletin

If you would like to be added to our mailing list and receive our weekly E-Bulletin let us know. Our E-Bulletin is updated with upcoming educational opportunities and accomplishments. Be part of our research community.