Our goal at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) is to make tomorrow’s health care possible today: bringing new hope to our patients while advancing health research at a global level. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our many scientists, clinical investigators, students and staff, we’ve met and exceeded this goal in many ways this year, while also balancing our budget in challenging economic times.
We’ve made particularly exciting progress in the development of cancer-fighting viruses and stem cell therapies, with a number of world-first clinical trials underway or about to start soon. We also led the largest clinical trial in the world in cardiac arrest patients. The results have changed medical practice globally and have, without a doubt, saved lives.
Our success is also evident in our ability to obtain peer-reviewed funding for our research. For example, we’re delighted that this year we ranked third among Canadian hospital-based research institutes for funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), up from eighth just 10 years ago. CIHR is the most important and most competitive source of peer-reviewed funding for health research in Canada, so our growing success with CIHR provides important evidence of the overall success of our Institute.
We’ve also opened a new Centre for Practice-Changing Research and Centre for Innovative Cancer Research. These cutting-edge facilities are greatly accelerating our research, improving care for our patients, and helping us attract the best and brightest scientists, clinicians and trainees. Our Sprott Centre for Stem Cell Research also celebrated its fifth anniversary this year. The amazing impact of this Centre is described in more detail in our video success story.
Over the last several years, we’ve also made great progress in strengthening our partnerships with The Ottawa Hospital, the University of Ottawa and its Faculties of Medicine and Health Sciences. We’ve also worked closely with CHEO, the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and other local research centres on many projects. This strategy of collaboration has helped Ottawa quickly become a major destination for health research, with health and economic benefits for the whole community.
Of course, the people of Ottawa are also crucial to our success, especially the many generous individuals who have supported us through The Ottawa Hospital Foundation. Your generosity will ensure that together, OHRI and The Ottawa Hospital can provide you and your families with the best, most innovative care today and well into the future.
Chair, Board of Directors, OHRI
Dr. Duncan Stewart
CEO and Scientific Director, OHRI
Vice-President, Research, The Ottawa Hospital
Professor of Medicine, University of Ottawa