Discovery Labs foster collaboration and creativity

Undergraduate students engage in team-based learning

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Discovery Labs are a first of their kind in North America

Queen’s Health Sciences (QHS) continues to support interdisciplinary research with new lab facilities.

On Oct. 20, QHS students, researchers, and leaders came together to celebrate the official unveiling of the Discovery Labs—lab spaces and research facilities with a team-oriented focus. The spaces aim to prepare students for healthcare and biomedical sectors through hands-on experiential learning.

“In today’s scientific world, we know collaboration is central to new breakthroughs and discovery. These spaces will help Queen’s University train the next generation of team-oriented biomedical scientists,” Minister of Colleges and Universities Jill Dunlop said in a press release.

Located in Botterell Hall and Abramsky Hall, the labs are filled with groundbreaking technology, ranging from state-of-the-art neurotechnology and physiology devices to a motion capture studio.

“Discovery Labs cutting-edge equipment is complemented by a groundbreaking concept course that allows interdisciplinary teams of undergraduate students in Life Sciences, Biochemistry, and Bachelor of Health Sciences to design and execute research projects,” said Charlie Hindmarch, academic director QHS Discovery Labs, in a press release.

Discovery Labs were funded through Ontario’s Training Equipment and Renewal Fund (TERF) which provided $1 million. Another $1 million in matching funding was garnered through significant contributions from Julia F. Card Medical Research and the Dickinson Memorial Research Fund, two QHS endowments. 

QHS has already welcomed its first cohort of Discovery Lab students. As they build on their philosophy of “radical collaboration for a healthier world,” the faculty hopes to make the labs available to students and researchers from across the university.

“I can just imagine the discoveries that will take place in this space in the years ahead,” QHS Dean Jane Philpott said in a press release.


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