Research Facilities & UHN Services

UHN is home to an extensive and advanced collection of research facilities and support services that are invaluable to trainees. These facilities are directed and maintained by highly skilled experts who share their wealth of experience through comprehensive, and often one-on-one, training sessions. Trainees not only get the chance to work with state-of-the-art equipment, they are also guided in the use of this equipment in the most effective way to address their specific research questions.


UHN has over 400 appointed researchers and over 800 clinician-scientists in its five research institutes. With such a rich research environment, many diseases are being studied using a wide range of techniques. It can be challenging to find a particular scientist. A list of UHN researchers with profiles and contact information is available on the UHN Research website here, and current trainees can search for researchers by name or keyword on the research intranet.

View a list of UHN Researchers with profiles
Institutes & Hospitals

UHN is Canada’s largest research hospital, affiliated with the University of Toronto and a member of the Toronto Academic Health Science Network. Encompassing four hospital sites with expertise in a number of specialties, the scope of research and the complexity of cases treated at UHN have made it a national and international source for discovery, education, and patient care. Each member hospital is recognized for excellence on its own merits in distinct areas of specialization.

  • Princess Margaret (PM) Cancer Centre: an international leader in cancer care and research
  • Toronto General Hospital (TGH): specializing in cardiovascular sciences, transplantation, and advanced medicine and surgery
  • Toronto Western Hospital (TWH): the home of world-class programs in neural and sensory sciences, musculoskeletal health and arthritis, and community and population health
  • Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI): integrating innovative patient care, ground breaking research and diverse education to build healthier communities and advance the role of rehabilitation in the health system.

Research across UHN’s six research institutes spans the full spectrum of diseases and disciplines, including cancer, cardiovascular sciences, transplantation, neural and sensory sciences, musculoskeletal health, rehabilitation sciences, and community and population health. UHN also spans the spectrum from basic research through translational and clinical research. UHN’s five research institutes are:

Krembil Research Institute

The Krembil Research Institute (Krembil), formerly the Toronto Western Research Institute (TWRI), is the research arm of the Toronto Western Hospital. The overall goal of Krembil’s research program is to develop innovative treatments for chronic debilitating conditions that include chronic neurological disorders, ophthalmologic disorders, and musculoskeletal system disorders. Krembil’s laboratories are located in the Toronto Western Hospital and the Krembil Discovery Tower.

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

The largest integrated cancer research, teaching, and treatment centre in Canada, Princess Margaret (PM) includes internationally recognized researchers, cutting-edge research infrastructure and the Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research. PM focuses on cancer research across various fields including genomics, informatics, molecular biology, signalling, structural biology, health services, and biophysics. PM’s laboratories and facilities are primarily located at 610 University Avenue and at the Princess Margaret Cancer Research Tower (101 College St).


TECHNA is focused on the accelerated development and exploitation of technology for health. A collaboration between UHN and the University of Toronto, TECHNA will “cross the silos” of traditional research to integrate the expertise of researchers, academic clinicians and engineers, with personnel and research facilities dispersed across UHN campuses. The TECHNA model combines translational research with clinical, productization, engineering, software development and management expertise.

Toronto General Hospital Research Institute (TGHRI)

TGH is well known for its excellent clinical care, made possible by ground-breaking research efforts developing surgical and medical innovations. TGHRI focuses on multidisciplinary research that reflects and supports the medical programs of the hospital. Researchers from TGHRI are leaders in innovative biomedical research: discovering insulin, creating the first cardiac pacemaker, and developing new lung repair techniques, among many other discoveries and breakthroughs.

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI) / KITE

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI) is Canada’s largest academic hospital dedicated to adult rehabilitation and complex continuing care. TRI’s research program solves problems in four areas: prevention of disability, restoration of function following injury or illness, enabling independent living at home, and optimization of the rehab system. TRI researchers develop new treatments, helpful products and evidence that guides changes to policy and public opinion. TRI’s research laboratories are located at four sites: University Centre, Lyndhurst Hospital and TRI Cardiac and Stroke Centre, and the Bickle Centre. The centrepiece of TRI’s research facilities is the iDAPT Centre for Rehabilitation Research (iDAPT), a unique space where ideas can be cultivated and tested in realistic settings. The iDAPT Centre includes the Challenging Environment Assessment Laboratory (CEAL), a group of biomechanics and simulation laboratories.