About Us

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Improving the health of Maritimers through patient-oriented research

The Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit (MSSU) brings the Maritimes together to engage in patient-oriented health research. 

We collaborate with government stakeholders, health authorities, the research community, and patients and caregivers from across New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. Our approach helps draw in different perspectives, so that they can shape patient-oriented research and speed its implementation across the Maritimes. 

We have more than 50 staff working at five locations, and we actively engage with our broader community including patient partners, MSSU Student Award Recipients, and more than 90 MSSU Associate and Affiliate Scientists.

Our goals relate to five core functions:  

  • Data Platforms and Services
  • Research Methods Support and Development
  • Knowledge Translation, Patient Engagement, and Implementation Science
  • Training and Capacity Development
  • Supporting Effective Collaboration within and across the Maritime Provinces 

Our work is governed by a number of committees which address various functions and operations.

We are one of 11 Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials (SUPPORT) units that form an integral part of the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR), a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) initiative that is match-funded by the provinces.  The MSSU is the only SPOR SUPPORT Unit that serves more than one province.