As the Faculty of Medicine celebrated its 75th anniversary, we continued to show outstanding research productivity, ranking third in Canada for research intensity with over $143 million in research funding.
Over the past year the Faculty of Medicine has shown incredible resilience, strength, and dedication in our coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have continued to promote multidisciplinary and translational research, supporting integration of clinical and basic science research teams through initiatives such as the Translational Research Grant (TRG) Program, Clinical Research Chairs Program, and Medical Summer Student research program. To support COVID-19 research initiatives, the Faculty developed the COVID-19 Pandemic Response Funding Program which supported a wide variety of approaches to tackling the spread of the coronavirus and mitigating its negative consequences.
Together with hospital-affiliated research institute partners, the Faculty has continued to recruit world-class basic science and clinical research talent in areas of strategic priority, including in infection, immunity and inflammation, brain and mind health, cardiovascular and vascular health, applied artificial intelligence (AI), and public health, bringing highly sought expertise and associated infrastructures to the Faculty. Through these and many other successful programs, the Faculty has continued to solidify its enviable position as a leading research-intensive institution in Canada.
The Faculty also embarked on a strategic planning exercise and through broad consultation, our Dean, Dr. Bernard Jasmin, and the executive leadership team developed the Faculty of Medicine’s 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, ‘Leading Innovation for a Healthier World’. In 2020, the Faculty’s major accomplishments in five priority areas, including Education, Research, Engagement, Francophonie, and Internationalization and Global Health, were highlighted in a broadly circulated annual report. In alignment with our emerging priorities in Medical AI and Indigenous Health Research, the Faculty launched the inaugural AI Seed Funding program and initiated a broad consultation to develop a Centre for Indigenous Health Research and Education. In line with the strategic goal to grow our state-of-the-art research infrastructure, we established several new core facilities and are continuing to build our inventory of leading-edge equipment. Finally, considerable planning of the forthcoming Advanced Medical Research Centre (AMRC) and the Health Network Innovation Hub throughout 2020 led to significant and exciting progress towards our future expansion.
We look forward to continuing to work with our partners to build upon our current strengths, advance our emerging priority areas, enhance our world-class collaborative research environment, and bring state-of-the-art infrastructure and talent to the Faculty of Medicine and University of Ottawa community.