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The Niagara Health Knowledge Institute (NHKI) was established in May 2023 with a generous donation by the McCall MacBain Foundation.

Our Purpose

Improve patient care and experience by embedding research into clinical practice. 

Our Mission

Transform healthcare through leading community hospital-based research.

Our Values

Equity ● Collaboration ● Continuous Learning ● Innovation ● Empowerment

Our Pillars

A graphic showing the three pillars of NHKI: Knowledge Generation, Knowledge Mobilization, Capacity building. The graphic shows three gears working in tandem.

Our Future

To be successful, we must have:

  1. Partnerships where we build strong and meaningful relationships with local, provincial and national partners, including academic institutions, healthcare organizations and research networks.
  2. Infrastructure that enables and facilitates research with effective policies, procedures, digital technology and equipment.
  3. Sustainability to invest in and expand research capabilities.

Areas of focus


To build research capacity in Canadian community hospitals to transform healthcare across the country. 

Patient Experience

To understand and improve patient experience in healthcare and research at Niagara Health.

Care for Older Persons

To advance healthcare and health service delivery for Niagara's Aging Population.

Clinical Research

To provide Niagara Health patients access to state-of-the-art, novel therapies through participation in multi-centre clinical research studies. 

Our Multi-centre Clinical Trials

Get a printable flyer of the NHKI Strategic Plan 2024-28

Latest news

Research Day draws record crowd, NHKI releases annual report

May 7th, 2024

The day also offered healthcare scientists critical perspective by Indigenous Health educator Bernice Downey, and celebrated the Niagara Health Knowledge Institute’s first anniversary.

Niagara Health Knowledge Institute Research Day returns to showcase work of healthcare researchers

Apr 29th, 2024

This year marks the fourth edition of the event, to be held at Niagara College’s Daniel J. Patterson Campus in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Research Day highlights participants’ ideas and findings that will impact the standards of healthcare locally and beyond.

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