Together, research activity at The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) totalled $150 million in 2020-21, up from $145M the previous year. With their results being combined, this places The Ottawa Hospital and UOHI in fourth spot among comparable hospitals in Canada for research activity, or sixth spot when provincial health authorities are included. This data was released today by Research Infosource.
“We’re very proud to be ranked as one of the top research hospitals in Canada,” said Dr. Duncan Stewart, Executive Vice-President of Research at The Ottawa Hospital and professor at the University of Ottawa. “Research provides our patients with new and potentially life-saving treatment options and gives us the tools to continuously improve care.”
“The impact of research cannot be overstated,” said Dr. Peter Liu, chief scientific officer and vice-president of research at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. “Research is where patient care begins. Through research, we discover new solutions to our patients’ heart conditions and related areas of health. Our patients inspire us to innovate, and together, we can prevent and treat heart disease more effectively.”
Notable research successes from The Ottawa Hospital and the UOHI from the last year include:
- Development and manufacturing of an innovative kind of cancer immunotherapy, with promising clinical trial results.
- Advancing research on stem cells and their extracellular vesicles for the prevention of lung and brain conditions in extremely premature babies.
- Setting a new standard for the treatment of latent tuberculosis in Canada, using a transformational new drug.
- A significant discovery in autophagy research that paves the way for new approaches to treat atherosclerosis.
Over the last three years, The Ottawa Hospital, together with the UOHI, has also ranked fourth among more than 600 hospitals in Canada for competitive, peer-reviewed funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
The Ottawa Hospital is one of Canada’s top learning and research hospitals, where excellent care is inspired by research and driven by compassion. As the third-largest employer in Ottawa, our support staff, researchers, nurses, physicians, and volunteers never stop seeking solutions to the most complex health-care challenges. Our multi-campus hospital, affiliated with the University of Ottawa, attracts some of the most influential scientific minds from around the world. Backed by generous support from the community, we are committed to providing the world-class, compassionate care we would want for our loved ones. www.ohri.ca
The University of Ottawa Heart Institute has flourished into one of Canada’s most distinguished heart health centres for the unparalleled care it provides to its patients, a world-renowned research Institute that brings science from bench to bedside, and the country’s main influencer when it comes to preventing heart disease. Its promise remains the very pillar on which it was built: Always putting patients first. https://www.ottawaheart.ca
Director, Communications and Public Relations
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Leigh B. Morris
University of Ottawa Heart Institute