Ottawa Methods Center (OMC)

Dr. Stuart Nicholls

OMC SPOR Program Facilitator


Dr. Stuart Nicholls is the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Program Facilitator in the Office for Patient Engagement in Research Activities (OPERA) at the Ottawa Methods Centre. In his capacity as SPOR Program facilitator Stuart consults with researchers to provide methodological guidance regarding all aspects of Patient-Oriented Research. In addition, Dr. Nicholls provides training and education on patient engagement in research and actively contributes to research in this field. Dr. Nicholls obtained his PhD in Social Statistics (Lancaster University, UK), and has an MRes in Social Statistics, an MSc in Healthcare Ethics, and a BSc (Hons) in Genetics. He has over 15 years of health research experience, publishing over 60 peer reviewed articles on topics including public attitudes to population screening, stakeholder perspectives on the ethical challenges in pragmatic clinical trials, and the development of core outcome sets. Dr. Nicholls was a member of the Canadian Clinical Trials Coordinating Centre (CCTCC)/Health Canada working group on developing a pan-Canadian accreditation system for Research Ethics Boards reviewing clinical trials. He is also a member of the Health Canada/Public Health Agency of Canada Research Ethics Board. Prior to his present post he was a Methodologist within the Clinical Research Unit at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute and completed a CIHR-funded postdoctoral fellowship at the School of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Ottawa.

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