The Electronic Living Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Cancer Survivorship Research (ELLICSR)

University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario
What the facility does

Innovative survivorship research with practical application to clinical practice, and promoting effective self-management for health and wellness improvement. 

Areas of expertise

The Electronic Living Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Cancer Survivorship Research (ELLICSR) is a collaborative space for research into health, wellness and cancer survivorship. The Centre provides space for researchers, clinicians and survivors, with programs designed to inform and engage survivors in self-management of symptoms as well as late and long-term effects of their illness and treatment. ELLICSR also provides space for engagement with supportive care community organizations that work to meet the needs of cancer survivors. 

Research services

Wellness services, survivorship research, health promotion and management, collaborative community research

Sectors of application
  • Agriculture, animal science and food
  • Education
  • Healthcare and social services
  • Information and communication technologies and media

Specialized lab



Kitchen Group Interaction Lab

Full kitchen

Utilized for cooking demonstrations and hands-on learning, the open concept space allows visitors to observe instructors as they work and teach. This room features two mounted screens so instructors’ demonstrations can be viewed without obstruction.

Consult rooms

Private examination rooms

Used to accommodate patients and their families/caregivers for consultations with clinicians. Wired for laptop use and equipped with sinks for hand-washing, these rooms can also be viewed from the Observatory for research purposes.

Exercise room

Gym space

Workout space contains an entire wall of mirrors and is ideal for hosting dance classes, stretch and aerobic exercise and yoga classes.



Accommodates boardroom meetings for a maximum of 16 people. Four plasma screens allow video-conferencing on one screen with display data on the others.

Community of Practice

Meeting space

For presentations, seminars and other types of meeting and training events. The space has two mounted large-screen TVs to display laptop feeds.

Combined Community Centre

Multi-purpose facility

Capable of hosting speaking engagements and presentations, or of facilitating learning opportunities with room for break-out sessions. Fully equipped for broadcasting to large audiences,  including virtual members.

Resource Library/Community Centre

Lounge/resource library

Supports group interactivity, and smaller meeting groups with couches, and two large-screen TVs.

Application Engineering Facility

Technological infrastructure to develop a virtual community, store research data

Facilitates studies examining the efficacy of patient access to information.

Observatory and simulated clinic rooms

Simulation rooms with one way mirrors and video capture capabilities

These support high-fidelity knowledge translation directly to survivors and research into patient survivorship.

Data analysis and knowledge synthesis

Physical hub of cancer survivorship experts

Supports collaboration in research projects in cancer survivorship.

  • DeSouza Institute
  • Ontario APN eMentorship Program
  • PMH Prostate Research Group for Survivorship Exercise
  • PMH Centre for Research in Supportive and Palliative Care
  • Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
  • Canadian Partnership Against Cancer
  • Cancer Care Ontario
  • University of Toronto Institute for Life Course and Aging
  • Canadian Cancer Survivorship Research Consortium
  • International Consortium for Testicular Cancer Research