Population Health Research Institute
About PHRI

Our History and Philosophy

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PHRI evolved from the successful and innovative Preventative Cardiology and Therapeutics Research Program established in 1992 at the Hamilton Civic Hospitals Research Centre, located in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.   Since the launch of PHRI as a joint Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University research institute in 1999, PHRI has been located at several locations at the Hamilton General Hospital campus. In early 2009 PHRI relocated to the new David Braley Cardiac, Vascular and Stroke Research Institute (DBCVSRI) at Hamilton General Hospital. The DBCVSRI is a state-of-the-art research facility that enables an education, training, and mentorship environment for learners working on cutting-edge projects with world class scientists, with a vision of world class research for new discoveries solving global health challenges. The DBCVSRI is a six-storey building providing 197,700 square feet of research space specializing in cardiac, vascular and stroke research. 

PHRI's research interests span all frontiers of the globe and include a broad spectrum of health-related issues. Originally  a cardiovascular disease research institute, PHRI's programs have expanded to include a broad range of medical and societal conditions in varied populations defined by ethnicity and/or geographic region.

We strongly believe that there is an urgent need to evaluate:

  • interventions for chronic diseases and conditions affecting the poor (neglected diseases/conditions);
  • generic interventions, lifestyle, and behavioural interventions (neglected treatments);
  • established therapies in groups usually excluded from randomized controlled trials (neglected peoples); and
  • novel consequences of cardiovascular diseases (neglected outcomes).

PHRI's research initiatives have resulted in more than12,000 publications in renowned medical journals, including The New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of American Medical Association, The Lancet, British Medical Journal, Circulation, The Journal of the American College of Cardiology, European Heart Journal, and others. We are proud that our work has improved the health of people worldwide and we will strive to continue to contribute the advancement of medical knowledge through research.



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