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Project 9: Canadian Clinical Research Network and Biorepository

Principal Investigators

Dr. François Lamontagne| Professor, Université de Sherbrooke 
Contact: Francois.Lamontagne@USherbrooke.ca

Dr. Michelle Kho | Associate Professor, McMaster University 
Contact:  khome@mcmaster.ca  

CCRN website: ccrn-rrcc.ca

The CCRN team with support from Sepsis Canada has created step-by-step videos on how to use their database. You can learn more by visiting the video library here.

You may also download the step-by-step guides below:

CCRN How to generate maps

CCRN How to generate the information about the samples collected in studies

CCRN How to generate site recruitment graphs

Project Summary

The following challenges to research efficiency in Canada currently exist: a minimally connected clinical trials and biomedical research ecosystem, limited Canada-specific research priority-setting, lack of patient and citizen input, overlapping trial hypotheses and interventions, parallel research ethics and regulatory processes, limited sharing of trial infrastructure and biomedical samples and duplication in approaching research participants, consenting, data collection and follow-up. There is also minimal trial connection with existing population and hospital-based datasets, unintegrated knowledge mobilization and stakeholder engagement and a lack of durable capacity building.   

The Canadian Clinical Research Network and Biorepository aims to:   

  • Measure and improve capacity for clinical research in Canada: to develop high-quality information on Canada’s COVID-19 and sepsis research portfolio (list of studies and progress of studies), to develop high-quality information on Canada’s clinical research capacity to conduct COVID-19 and sepsis studies (lists and characteristics of participating sites and to increase Canada’s capacity for clinical research on COVID-19 and sepsis by supporting interested sites).  
  • Create the repositories containing the meta-data pertaining to participating sites and active research programs (including data dictionaries and linked specimens).   

If you would like to collaborate on this research project or learn more about it, please contact the Principal Investigators.

To visit the CCRN's website, click here.

Sepsis Canada Team:
Team 3
Project Status:
Active / Ongoing
Focus Area:
Understanding the causes of sepsis, Improving management of sepsis