Board Chair Message

The key driver behind world-class health care is an innovative, committed research team.

Research helps us develop better approaches for treating, diagnosing and preventing disease, and it provides novel ideas and tools for improving the delivery of health care. As you will see in this report, the connection between innovative research and patient care is particularly strong at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI), where more than 1,500 scientists, clinical investigators, students and staff are working together to improve care at The Ottawa Hospital, throughout Eastern Ontario, and around the world.

Over the last decade, OHRI’s priorities have become increasingly linked with those of The Ottawa Hospital, and we have developed a number of unique programs to support the translation of research into benefits for our patients and the community. Our relationship with the University of Ottawa and other partners in the city has also become stronger, with a number of important collaborative projects on research equipment, training and commercial development of innovations. Our researchers have also continued to rank well above the national average in grant competitions held by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and because of this success, OHRI is now the fourth largest hospital-based research institute in the country in terms of CIHR funding.

It must be said that OHRI’s success is attributed first and foremost to all of the research team members, who work long hours every day to advance science and improve the lives of others. The community has also played a key role in supporting OHRI research by donating to The Ottawa Hospital Foundation though events such as Ride the Rideau, and we are very thankful for this continued support. Finally, I would like to acknowledge the many volunteers who donate their time to OHRI, including all of our dedicated Board Members.

With all of these pieces in place, I believe our strong momentum will continue, delivering even more success in the years to come.

Ken Newport,
Chair, Board of Directors,
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute