Strategic Direction # 4

Strengthen Research Capacity in Northern Ontario

Dr. David Marsh

“Strategic partnerships are key to changing population health outcomes in Northern Ontario. NOSM will collaborate with research entities, institutes, hospitals and Northern Ontario Health Teams to improve health in our region.”

Dr. David Marsh

Associate Dean, Research, Innovation
and International Relations


To strengthen research capacity in Northern Ontario by aligning with health-research partners to improve performance and measurable outcomes in health services, quality health care, health and biomedical research and knowledge translation.


NOSM is the connective tissue between research entities, Northern Ontario Health Teams (OHTs), research institutes and hospitals.


Establish research partnerships, networks and clusters including those with a cultural focus    

  • Leverage and strengthen existing or emerging research networks.
  • Improved collaboration with partner institution researchers.
  • Strategically align new and existing domestic and international partnerships around rural and remote health issues and social accountability.
  • Explore a Northern Ontario and pan-Canadian research networks grounded in Indigenous health.
  • Explore a Northern Ontario and pan-Canadian research networks grounded in Francophone health.

Strong capacity in research and analytical processes

  • Create a data warehouse and analytics unit for research and NOSM Continuous Quality Assurance.
  • Develop expertise in managing big data sets across Northern Ontario.
  • Invest in infrastructure to support research productivity.

Develop interdisciplinary centers

  • Establish an interdisciplinary Center for Social Accountability.
  • Support research on population health.

New research opportunities for learners and faculty

  • Identify research priorities and support the recruitment of leading researchers in those priority areas.
  • Explore new degrees such as combined degrees (BA MS, BSC MD, Engineering MD, JD MD).