I am pleased to present the 2015-2016 Research Office Annual Report for the Faculty of Medicine where you will discover the vast array of research initiatives taking place and highlights from the past year. The 2015-2016 academic year resulted in significant achievements, opportunities, and continued growth for our major, broad-based research initiatives which focus on the brain and mind; cardiovascular/vascular science; epidemiology, public health, preventive medicine; and immunology, infection and inflammation. Major recruitment efforts continue to build our capacity in these areas of priority, capitalizing on emerging opportunities and increasing integration with our research institute partners while also promoting interactions across clinical and non-clinical departments. These invaluable partnerships throughout the Faculty of Medicine allow us to attract the best and the brightest candidates from around the world. Together, our collective vision has allowed for greater optimization of human and operational resources as well as better infrastructure planning and support. To match this unprecedented growth, further expansion of our campus to the Peter Morand buildings will accommodate the new School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine (SEPHPM), the Department of Innovation in Medical Education, and the Office of Internationalization while on-going construction within the Roger Guindon building will provide much needed state-of-the-art space for wet lab–based research and expansion of core facilities (a total of 3000m2).
Our dedicated Faculty members, leadership, and trainees have many reasons to be proud. The Faculty of Medicine ranks among the nation’s best for Research Excellence, a key element of the University of Ottawa’s strategic plan, Destination 2020. Impressively, the University of Ottawa ranks #1 in Canada over a fifteen year period in the Medical/Doctoral University category for Research Publication Growth from 2000-2014 (Anniversary spotlight, Research Infosource Top 50) and ranks # 2 for research intensity in receiving Medical/Science grants in Canada (Maclean’s 2017). The Faculty of Medicine continues to attract approximately 50% of all external research funds received by the University, making us the most research-intensive Faculty at the University of Ottawa. As we continue to work hard at this level, it allows us to lead the way in developing novel and integrated research initiatives spanning multiple sectors.
In addition to Research Excellence, Internationalization is a major priority for uOttawa’s strategic plan. At that level, the Faculty also shines. Our international presence is highly recognized and our cutting-edge research is paving the way for future partnerships based on a preferred model with targeted investments.Our partnership with the Jiao Tong University School of Medicine in Shanghai dates back to 2011, with the creation of a joint research program in medical sciences and education, which ultimately led to the establishment of a joint School of Medicine in Shanghai. The Ottawa-Shanghai Joint School of Medicine (OSJSM) was officially launched in 2014. Through this joint school of medicine and with direct interactions with Shanghai hospitals, translational research and opportunities for Ottawa-based researchers in clinical and laboratory settings are greatly enhanced.
Together, we can look back on what we have accomplished in 2015-2016 as well as our collective achievements of the past decade with a tremendous sense of pride. I look forward to another successful year in 2016-2017 with significant growth and advances in research for the Faculty of Medicine and our partners, along with the excitement in Ottawa as we celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary.