Who we are and Where we are

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The Population Health Research Institute (PHRI) was founded in 1999 as a joint Institute of Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation (HHS) and McMaster University; it is now the largest and most cited academic cardiovascular research group in Canada.  Our vision is to conduct large simple studies to address questions of international importance and relevance.

PHRI has conducted more than 50 global trials and epidemiological studies in more than 1500 centres in 83 countries, involving over 500,000 patients.  Our research programs explore the causes and prevention of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and societal influences on health, perioperative vascular complications, and stroke. The institute is involved in researching risk factors for heart disease and stroke in urban and rural populations, developing countries, and throughout the stages of life, with specific emphasis on variations by ethnicity and geographic region. PHRI also plays an active role in the education of individual researchers, and in building capacity internationally for the development of global research programs.

PHRI is home to more than 250 researchers, physicians, scientists, epidemiologists, biostatisticians, rehabilitation experts, nutrition scientists, research coordinators, allied health professionals, and quality assurance personnel, as well as research and administrative support personnel.  PHRI also has highly-experienced operational support teams in information and communication technologies, financial and contract services, and human resources.

Where We Are


To view the interactive map outlining the participating countries in our research studies, please click the image.

The Population Health Research Institute works with a global team of collaborators with researchers from six continents, including:

North America
Canada, United States, Mexico

Benin Republic, Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Seychelles, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe

Asia Pacific
Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand

Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom

Middle East
Egypt, Israel, Iran, Turkey, U.A.E.

Latin/South America
Argentina, Bermuda, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Peru, Venezuela



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