Improving Maritime health care through patient-oriented research.

We help build relationships between researchers and people with lived experiences to ensure health research matters to patients.

Benefits of Patient-Oriented Research

We are Better Together

When health research is done in partnership with patients, it leads to innovative health care solutions and ultimately better patient outcomes. The overall quality and impact of health research improves when patients are part of the team.

Are you a researcher?

Make health research more meaningful by engaging Patient/Public Partners. When you work with the Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit (MSSU), our experts can help you develop a patient engagement plan, prepare funding applications, provide guidance around study design and much more.

Do you live in the Maritimes?

Learn how patients and the public contribute to health research by sharing their lived experience of a health issue or as a caregiver, family, or friend. Discover opportunities to engage with research teams.


Patient/Public Partners help bring “data to life” There has never been a lack of media attention about the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the mental health of people in…


Capstone project ignites career in patient-oriented research

A Journey into Patient-Oriented Research

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Patient Partners help rebuild program to support trainees

Donna Rubenstein is passionate about educating young researchers on the importance of patient engagement. An MSSU Patient Partner for two years, Donna was excited to join a team of patients…



Our Funders

MSSU is funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research with a one to one match with provincial funding partners.