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Clinical Research Services

Clinical Trials Unit (CTU)


About us:

Are you planning a Clinical Trial?

Do you have an idea for a clinical trial, but need assistance with developing the protocol, the analytic plan, outcome selection, or study management plan?

The SickKids Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) is a one-stop shop for all aspects of clinical trials.

Funded by SickKids and the Ontario Child Health SUPPORT Unit, the aim of the Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) is to enhance child health through the conduct of high quality clinical trials. CTU staff provides expert methodological, regulatory, and operational support to PIs on the design, conduct, analysis, execution and reporting of clinical trials. All types of trials (drug, device, diagnostic, behavioral), all phases (I-III), investigator-initiated and industry-sponsored trials are eligible for support.

What is SPOR?

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) initiative aims to ensure that the right patient receives the right intervention at the right time. The objective of SPOR is to foster evidence-informed health care by bringing innovative diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to the point-of-care, so as to ensure greater quality, accountability and accessibility of care. SPOR is a coalition of federal, provincial and territorial partners, all dedicated to the integration of research into care.

Learn more about SPOR.

What is OSSU?

The Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit (OSSU) works with the CIHR to implement SPOR. It consists of a new Coordinating Centre, and 12 Ontario health research-related centres – each with a specialized expertise in a particular area or aspect of health care.  The OSSU is co-funded by the Government of Ontario and CIHR. 

Learn more about OSSU.

What is OCHSU?

The Ontario Child Health Support Unit (OCHSU) is one of 12 OSSU units, specifically working to implement the SPOR objectives from a child health perspective.  The vision for OCHSU is to build a world-class clinical research infrastructure in Ontario to optimize child health outcomes.

Learn more about OCHSU

Contact us:

Please email us at sk.ctu@sickkids.ca or visit the contact us page for more information. 


Room 5520, 5th Floor, Hill Wing
The Hospital for Sick Children

Hours of operation:

Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Meetings outside scheduled hours are available.