Research Bringing You Tomorrow’s Health Care Today

Ottawa Hospital Research Institute 2013–2014 Annual Report

Making a difference:
A brief message from the Chair and CEO

At the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, our research team is inspired by the opportunity to improve health care and profoundly motivated to make progress in the fight against devastating illnesses.

This passion fuels our success at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and is a major reason why we are now solidly positioned among Canada's top tier of health research institutions. We are making important basic scientific discoveries, working to translate those advances into better patient care, and conducting research that is changing how medicine is practised here in Ottawa and around the world.

This year, for example, we opened the world's first clinical trial for a therapy using gene-enhanced stem cells to help the heart repair itself after a major heart attack. We made great strides in cancer research by finding novel ways to prevent and destroy cancers, whether by using special cancer-fighting viruses or taking personalized medicine tailored to the molecular signature of the patient’s tumour. We even gave Canadians a free and simple way to manage their immunizations with a smartphone app.

Our researchers gained national and international recognition for their work. Dr. Michael Rudnicki was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada for his scientific discoveries and leadership in stem cell research. Dr. Ronald Worton, our institute's founding Chief Executive Officer, was named to The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. Dr. David Moher made a list of the 400 most influential biomedical researchers in the world (out of 15 million). In addition, clinical decision rules from Drs. Ian Stiell and Phil Wells made up three items of a Top 5 list, published by the influential JAMA Internal Medicine that recommended procedures for use by all U.S. emergency physicians.

This year, The Ottawa Hospital also broke into the Top 5 list of Canada's research hospitals, ranking 4th in overall research revenues by RE$EARCH Infosource. Among that group of the Top 5, we ranked first in terms of research intensity, which is the number of dollars per researcher.

And when it comes to highly competitive peer-reviewed funding, The Ottawa Hospital ranks third in grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). In fact, since 2000, our CIHR funding has grown 800%, a rate that is nearly four times the national average. Significantly, this year CIHR also recognized the leadership of our researchers, awarding The Ottawa Hospital two of three Emerging Network grants to head up nationwide teams conducting collaborative research that will advance our knowledge of and care in respiratory and vascular diseases.

It is exciting to see the momentum we have gained in recent years. By working closely with our key partners to provide critical support and leading-edge research facilities, we continue to foster scientific excellence in a unique and truly collaborative environment that encourages our scientists and clinicians to join forces in their determination to improve health care for Canadians and bring you tomorrow's health care today.

Ian Mumford
Chair, Board of Directors
Dr. Duncan Stewart
CEO and Scientific Director
Vice-President, Research, The Ottawa Hospital
Professor of Medicine, University of Ottawa

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