Today's treatments are available thanks to people just like you who got involved in research.

Today’s treatments are available thanks to people just like you who got involved in research

You CAN make a difference. Here are three ways:

1. Allow researchers to contact you

  • If you are a patient at The Ottawa Hospital interested in hearing about opportunities to get involved in research, consider giving our researchers permission to contact you. You can ask a registration clerk or a member of your care team to update the "permission to contact for research purposes" section of your health record while you are at the hospital. Alternatively, you can do this via myChart, your electronic health record. Click here to go to the research section of myChart, where you can update your preferences. This will NOT enroll you in any research studies - it will simply allow researchers to contact you about studies you may be eligible for. You can change your preferences at any time. This requirement for permission protects your privacy.

2. Participate in research

  • If you are asked about participating in a specific study, please consider it! When you take part in research, you are shaping the future of health care. Participating in research may or may not benefit you personally, but it does contribute to new knowledge that will help others. Participating in a study might involve filling out a questionnaire, providing a blood sample, allowing researchers to monitor your health or taking a new treatment. You can also browse our active clinical research studies on and ask your care team if you think you might be eligible. Some of our research teams have also created webpages for specific studies (e.g. REaCT cancer trials, OMNI pregnancy trials and CIU healthy volunteer trials).

3. Partner with researchers

Patient stories

Meet some of the patients, family members and caregivers who have been involved in our research.

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Additional resources

This video describes different types of clinical research. It was created by N2, a not-for-profit association of Canadian research networks and organizations working to advance Canada's clinical research skills and capacity.