Message from the Vice-Dean

Dr Jocelyn Côté

The Faculty of Medicine has shown outstanding research productivity, consistently ranking in the top 2-3 for Research Intensity. Over the past year, we have continued to promote multidisciplinarity and translational research, supporting integration of clinical and basic science research teams through the TRG Program and also through the 1st Annual Faculty of Medicine Research Day. This event was held on September 25th, 2019 at Roger Guindon Hall and showcased close to 200 posters and 24 oral presentations from learners across a diverse array of research areas and learner programs, including graduate and postdoctoral studies, undergraduate Translational and Molecular Medicine (TMM), medical school, and residency training. With new biomedical and clinical/
translational research focused graduate programs and the expansion of the undergraduate TMM program on the horizon, the Faculty is poised to support and play a key role in building Canada’s next generation of scientists.

Together with our hospital-affiliated research institutes, the Faculty has successfully recruited world-class basic science and clinical research talent in areas of strategic priority, including in brain and mind, neuromuscular
disease, and infection, immunity and inflammation, bringing highly sought expertise and infrastructure to the Faculty. The Faculty also successfully secured two Tier 1 Canada Research Chairs (CRCs) in Rare Disease Precision
Medicine and Neuromuscular Genomics and Health. Through the above mentioned and many other successful programs, the Faculty has continued to solidify its enviable position as a leading research-intensive institution
in Canada. More recently, we have had the opportunity to embark on a strategic planning exercise orchestrated by our new Dean, Dr. Bernard Jasmin, which identified four strategic goals for the Research Office over the next five years: i) Build on our current strengths; ii) Advance our Emerging Priorities; iii) Enhance our worldclass collaborative research environment; iv) Grow our state-of-the-art research infrastructure. Through broad consultation, the Faculty has identified new priority areas, including Indigenous Health Research, Child Health
Observatory, Medical Artificial Intelligence, in addition to numerous other emerging initiatives. We are excited to build partnerships with our affiliated research institutes/hospitals and other faculties to support and build these
new research directions, solidifying our leadership in these important areas.

Continuing on this upward trajectory, on-going consultation and planning towards the Faculty’s expansion into the new building set for the Alta-Vista campus will benefit and provide much needed space for growth, not only in expertise, but also cutting-edge infrastructure and innovation. We look forward to continuing to work with our partners to build our current strengths, advance our emerging priority areas, recruit top talent, and bring state-ofthe-art equipment to the Faculty of Medicine and University of Ottawa community.

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