At the Forefront of Research

The Department of Family Medicine at Western University is at the forefront of research in primary health care. Among the areas of focus for research are patient-centred care, clinical practice guidelines, health promotion, population health, care of the elderly, health services and information technology.

There are a number of well-known research centres led by facultly within our department:

The Centre for Studies in Family Medicine

The Center for Studies in Family Medicine is an interdisciplinary centre committed to enhancing primary health care provided by family physicians.

The Aging, Rehabilitation & Geriatric Care (ARGC) Research Centre of the Lawson Health Research Institute 

The Aging, Rehabilitation & Geriatric Care (ARGC) Research Centre of the Lawson Health Research Institure is located at St. Joseph's Parkwood Institute, Main Building, under the direction of Dr. Rob Petrella, Beryl & Richard Ivey Research Chair and Program Leader, Dr. David Keast, Centre Director, and includes over 75 researchers, staff and trainees. The ARGC Research Centre is unlike anything that exists in Canada - a research centre embedded in an active hospital with a focus on the needs of the aging geriatric population and of those requiring rehabilitation.

The Centre not only continues to be a leader in aging, rehabilitation and geriatric care, but benefits individuals cared for within Parkwood Institute, Main Building and those still in their homes. The Centre has become a model of clinical research integration within the healthcare system.

The Diabetes Alliance

The Diabetes Alliance is located in the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine at Western University, and pursues a diverse research portfolio to close the gap in chronic disease care, while enhancing its understanding and clinical management. Under the leadership of Dr. Stewart Harris, the Diabetes Alliance has completed over 40 projects, partnered with more than 30 Indigenous communities and healthcare partners, and brought-in over $25-million in research funding.

The Population and Community Health Unit 

The Population and Community Health Unit engages in epidemiological, analytical and evaluative research and health data collection. The unit focuses on a population health approach with a special interest in the communities of London and Southwest Ontario using health prevention and health promotion principles.