Nova Scotia Health Authority

Center Information

Lisa Underwood
Nova Scotia Health Authority
Research Services 5790 University Avenue
Halifax, NS B3H 1V7
+1 902.473.7906
+1 902.429.1166

Currently Enrolling Trials

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Therapeutic Areas

Cardiology/Vascular Diseases
Family Medicine
Infections and Infectious Diseases
Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, Throat)
Plastic Surgery
Pulmonary/Respiratory Diseases
Trauma (Emergency, Injury, Surgery)


Discovery and Innovation for Health
One of Canada’s top 40 research centres, Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) was formerly called Capital Health. On April 1, 2015, nine separate health authorities in Nova Scotia amalgamated to form one adult health care entity. NSHA has an academic health centre located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, with regional hospitals throughout the province.. NSHA provides research support services to over 280 experienced principal investigators/physicians and other health care professionals, including many nationally and internationally recognized experts in a wide range of fields. NSHA has one of Canada’s leading teaching hospitals and has thriving partnerships with Dalhousie University, and the IWK Health Centre (women’s and children’s health). In any given year, NSHA has over 1300 research projects underway, including 400 clinical trials. There are approximately 390 new projects each year with approximately 370 dedicated research personnel, including over 150 experienced professional coordinators.


NSHA has been involved in clinical research for 25+ years with recognized research leaders in anesthesia, Alzheimer disease, arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular disease, Fabry disease, family medicine, infectious diseases, multi-organ transplant, multiple sclerosis, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, pain management, perioperative medicine, pulmonary disease, rehabilitation medicine, renal disease, and systemic lupus erythematosus.

Clinical trial sponsors include: Novartis, Glaxo Smith Kline, Amgen, Biogen, Pfizer, Roche, St. Jude Medical, Smith and Nephew,Medtronic, Boeringher Ingleheim, Schering Plough.

Over the years, NSHA research teams have conducted thousands of Phase II, III and IV clinical trials and now conducting Phase I trials in partnership with the Sanofi Pasteur Vaccine Challenge Unit at the IWK Health Centre.


As a centre for research innovation, NSHA champions advances in therapy, multi-disciplinary approaches to patient care, teaching and health research that takes place on the frontlines of patient care. The research community has many advantages, including:

  • A Research Services centre providing:
    • Contract/grant facilitation and support
    • Comprehensive education for research personnel, Investigators and Research Ethics Board Members
    • Dedicated research space
    • Financial and human resource management for research projects
    • Timely ethical review according to national and international guidelines and regulations
    • Continuing quality review of research including an internal audit program
    • Planning and development guidance to grow the quality and quantity of the research enterprise
    • Networking support through regular publications, researcher directory and website presence
  • The Research Methods Unit—a core research facility designed to promote clinical and health research through the development of necessary and shared infrastructure, including data management facilities and methodological support in epidemiology, statistics, clinical trials, health economics, health services research, health technologies assessment, qualitative techniques and systematic reviews. For further information, contact: Daniela Meier at: +1(902) 473-2949
  • Advanced technologies, including well-developed telemedicine networks, enable researchers to include patients in remote areas.
  • Research partnerships with the IWK Health Centre, Dalhousie University Health Professions and Dentistry and local business community promote innovation and shared facilities.
  • Close affiliation with Dalhousie University Medical School, which ensures strong basic research support and maximum crossover from laboratory to clinical application
  • The Sanofi Pasteur Vaccine Challenge Unit—a ten-bed inpatient unit with singe isolation rooms, located at the IWK Health Centre. This is the first of its kind in Canada and one of a very few such facilities worldwide. For more information, contact Cathy Brown at the Clinical Research Unit at +1 (902) 470-7015.
  • The Skills Centre for Health Sciences and first of its kind in Atlantic Canada, this 4,000-square-foot facility offers an impressive range of services, equipment, models and unique materials that health care professionals use to rehearse medical procedures. For more information, contact Michelle Murray at +1(902)473-1963.


Dr. John Clarke
Area of expertise: Pain Management
Dr. Greg Dobson
Area of expertise: Anesthesia
Dr. Richard Hall
Area of expertise: Anesthesia/Pharmacology
Dr. Kwesi Kwofie
Area of expertise: Anesthesia
Dr. Christian Lehmann
Area of expertise: Anesthesia
Dr. Mary Lynch
Area of expertise: Pain Management
Dr. Peter MacDougall
Area of expertise: Anesthesia
Dr. Jason McDougall
Area of expertise: Pain Management
Dr. Andrew Milne
Area of expertise: Anesthesia
Dr. Michael Schmidt
Area of expertise: Anesthesia
Dr. Jennifer Szerb
Area of expertise: Anesthesia

Chris Blanchard, Ph.D.
Area of expertise: Exercise Psychology
Dr. Jafna Cox
Area of expertise: Canada Health Outcomes
Dr. Richard Crowell
Area of expertise: Cardiology
Dr. Rob Green
Area of expertise: Anesthesia/Cardiology
Dr. Camille Hancock Friesen
Area of expertise: Cardiac Surgery
Dr. Greg Hirsch
Area of expertise: Cardiac Surgery
Dr. Tim Lee
Area of expertise: Immunology
Dr. Jean-Francois Legare
Area of expertise: Cardiac Surgery
Dr. Stacy O’Blenes
Area of expertise: Cardiac Surgery
Dr, Ratika Parkash
Area of expertise: Cardiology
Dr. John Sapp
Area of expertise: Cardiac Electrophysiology
Dr. John Sullivan
Area of expertise: Cardiac Surgery

Dr. Tom Ransom
Area of expertise: Endocrinology

Family Medicine
Dr. Fred Burge
Area of expertise: Network of End-of-Life Studies
Dr. Stewart Cameron
Area of expertise: Family Medicine

Dr. Melissa Andrew
Area of expertise: Geriatric Medicine
Dr. Chris MacKnight
Area of expertise: Geriatrics
Dr. Paige Moorhouse
Area of expertise: Geriatrics/Gerontolgy
Dr. Kenneth Rockwood
Area of expertise: Geriatrics – Alzheimers Disease– Founder of Dementia Guide Inc.
Dr. Olga Theou
Area of expertise: Geriatric Medicine

Dr. David Anderson
Area of expertise: Hematology/Vascular Diseases
Dr. Stephen Couban
Area of expertise: Hematology
Dr. David MacDonald
Area of expertise: Hematology
Dr. Sue Robinson
Area of expertise: Hematology

Dr. Todd Hatchette
Area of expertise: Immunology

Infectious Diseases
Dr. Kevin Forward
Area of expertise: Microbiology/Infectious Disease
Dr. Lynn Johnston
Area of expertise: Infectious Diseases
Dr. Shelly McNeil
Area of expertise: Infectious Diseases/Vaccination

Dr. Michael West
Area of expertise: Fabry Disease

Dr. Virender Bhan
Area of expertise: Neurology – MS
Dr. David Clarke
Area of expertise: Neurosurgery
Dr. Gail Eskes, Ph.D.
Area of Expertise: Neuropsychology
Dr. John Fisk
Area of expertise: Cognitive neuroscientist
Dr. R. Mark Sadler
Area of expertise: Neurology/Epilepsy

Multi-organ Transplant
Dr. Ian Alwayn
Area of expertise: ischaemia/reperfusion injury, organ repair; HPB
Dr. Christopher Daley
Area of expertise: pharmacology
Dr. Bryce Kiberd
Area of expertise: nephrology
Dr. Joseph Lawen
Area of expertise: urology
Dr. Rob Liwski
Area of expertise: HLA cross match testing
Dr. Michele Molinari
Area of expertise: Clinical decision making, meta analysis, clinical outcome research
Dr. Kevork M. Peltekian
Area of expertise: Hepatology, Liver Transplantation
Dr. Kenneth West
Area of expertise: Nephrology

Nutrition and Weight Loss
Dr. Michael Vallis
Area of expertise: Psychological factors that impair or facilitate weight management and adherence to health behaviours

Dr. Jim Bentley
Area of expertise: Gynecological Oncology
Dr. Bruce D.O. Colwell
Area of expertise: Medical Oncology
Dr. Carman Giacomantonio
Area of expertise: Surgical Oncology
Dr. Paola Marcato
Area of expertise: Cancer biologist
Dr. Deborah McLeod
Area of expertise: Oncology – Psychosocial
Dr. Louise Parker
Area of expertise: Oncology – Atlantic PATH
Dr. Daniel Rayson
Area of expertise: Medical Oncology

Dr. Balwantray Chauhan
Area of expertise: Ophthalmology – Optical Imaging
Dr. Alan Cruess
Area of expertise: Ophthalmology – Macular Degeneration

Orthopaedic Surgery
Dr. Janie Astephen Wilson
Area of expertise: Biomedical Engineering
Dr. Michael Dunbar
Area of expertise: Orthopedic Surgery
Dr. Mark Glazebrook
Area of expertise: Orthopedic Surgery (Foot and Ankle)
Dr. Michael Gross
Area of expertise: Musculoskeletal
Dr. Cheryl Kozey
Area of expertise: Physiotherapy
Dr. Ross Leighton
Area of expertise: Musculoskeletal Diseases

Dr. Manohar Bance
Area of expertise: Hearing and Balance

Dr. Orlando Hung
Area of expertise: Pharmacology/Toxicology/Anesthesia

Dr. Martin Alda
Area of expertise: Psychiatry – bipolar disorder
Dr. Kim Good
Area of expertise: Neurosciences/Psychiatry
Ben Rusak, Ph.D.
Area of expertise: Psychology/Psychiatry

Pulmonary Diseases
Dr. Dennis Bowie
Area of expertise: Respirology
Dr. Gail Dechman
Area of expertise: Pulmonary health
Dr. Paul Hernandez
Area of expertise: Pulmonary Diseases
Dr. Geoff Maksym
Area of expertise: Biomedical Engineering
Dr. Colm McParland
Area of expertise: Respirology
Dr. Roger Michael
Area of expertise: Respirology
Dr. Nancy Morrison
Area of expertise: Respiratory Physiotherapy
Dr. Graeme Rocker
Area of expertise: Pulmonary Disease/Intensive Care

Rehabilitative Medicine
Dr. Shaun Boe
Area of expertise: neurorehabilitation, stroke, neuroimaging, functional recovery
Dr. Lee Kirby
Area of expertise: Rehabilitative Medicine
Dr. Christine Short
Area of expertise: Rehabilitative Medicine

Dr. John G. Hanly
Area of expertise: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Dr. Evelyn Sutton
Area of expertise: Rheumatology

Dr. Steve Morris
Area of expertise: Surgery (Plastics)
Dr. Chad Robertson
Area of expertise Surgery (Oral and Maxillofacial)
Dr. Mark Walsh
Area of expertise: Surgery (General)

Dr. Stacy Ackroyd
Area of expertise: Emergency Medicine
Dr. Sam G. Campbell
Area of expertise: Emergency management of infectious disease, emergency department procedural sedation, emergency airway management, quality improvement in emergency
Dr. Rob Green
Area of expertise: Trauma, critical care, emergency medicine, resuscitation and trauma-related research

Dr. David Bell
Area of expertise: Nephrology/Urology
Dr. Greg Bailly
Area of expertise: Urology
Dr. Jerzy Gajewski
Area of expertise: Urology
Dr. Richard Norman
Area of expertise: Urology, Transplantation
Dr. Ricardo Rendon
Area of expertise: Urology


Since 1992, NSHA has developed its research support mandate, promoting and encouraging research with an accountable, service-oriented administrative framework. NSHA is committed to sustaining an environment where researchers in all health care disciplines can fulfill their potential while ensuring that research is conducted at NSHA according to the highest standards. The Research Services team provides guidance and services for:

  • Project administration, including contract/grant facilitation
  • Research ethics review, including:
    • NSHA Research Ethics Board, comprised of 80 members, meets once a week.
    • a five-member Ethics support team who liaise with researchers and guide them in preparation and submission of research proposals and ongoing ethical requirements for conducting research
  • A quality management program to help ensure that research is conducted to meet regulatory requirements
  • Human resources support
  • Infrastructure support
  • An extensive educational program with standardized training for new staff and professional development opportunities for more experienced staff
  • A communications program offering a newsletter, annual report, an ongoing series of research area profiles, researcher directory and opportunities to raise the level of awareness about research with potential business partners, government representatives and the public


Nova Scotia has an exceptionally stable patient base with a traditional interest and willingness to participate in health-related studies, offering invaluable continuity, particularly for multi-year studies. The Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax provides core health services to 395,000 residents, and tertiary and quaternary acute care services to the residents of Atlantic Canada (provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland)—a total population of two million. Hospitals located in regions throughout Nova Scotia provide health care to local communities.


Please visit our website for more information about research at NSHA's Queen Elizabeth II health Sciences Centre. NSHA is strategically located beside two of its research partners: Dalhousie University and the IWK Health Centre

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