Ottawa Hospital makes the grade in research: Report

The Ottawa Hospital remains Canada’s sixth leading research hospital, according to a listing of the country’s top 40 research hospitals released by RE$EARCH Infosource Wednesday.

The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute conducts research at TOH and was founded only 10 years ago.

“We’ve had a great deal of success in recent years, not just in funding, but also in terms of the high quality research we’ve produced,” OHRI CEO Dr. Duncan Stewart said in a statement.

“For example, we’ve made great strides in developing innovative stem cell therapies and cancer-fighting viruses and our clinical trials in emergency medicine, blood transfusions and thrombosis have saved lives and changed medical practice around the world.”

TOH had revenues of $105 million in 2009-10, up from $88 million in 2008-09.

Research income includes internal and external government and non-government sources.

TOH president and CEO Dr. Jack Kitts says a strong research institute helps attract the best and brightest clinicians.

Six of the top 10 research hospitals are in Ontario with Toronto’s University Health Network topping the list.

The University of Ottawa Heart Institute ranks 20th with a 2.7% decrease in research revenue while the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group comes in 35th with a 15.7% increase.

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