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Hamilton Health Sciences’ research program among best in Canada

  • November 6, 2014
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Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) has been recognized as a national research leader for the fourth year in a row. This year, it was also recognized as a leader in intensity of research.

The annual list conducted by Calgary-based research and development company, Research InfoSource Inc. (RIS) ranked Hamilton Health Sciences #2 out of 40 research hospitals in Canada.

University Health Network was first. Hamilton Health Sciences was ranked #1 in dollars per researcher. Standings were determined based on information provided in the Canadian Research Hospital Database as well as the level of research funding each hospital received in 2013. The rankings are considered a barometer for hospital research funding. This was the first year McMaster University’s funds were included alongside the Hamilton Health Sciences research income assessment.

“The future is excellent for the short and medium term,” says Dr. Salim Yusuf, Executive Director of the Population Health Research Institute at Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University, “but there is much to be done to ensure sustained success.”

The broad range of leading edge research focuses on cardio-vascular disease, thrombosis, stroke, surgery, diabetes, infectious diseases, cancer, childhood development and global health.
“At HHS we have a very solid base of experienced, hard-working, and dedicated research teams”, says Frank Naus, Director of Research Administration at Hamilton Health Sciences. “They are innovative and creative and I am confident and excited about the future of research here.”

Hamilton Health Sciences is a family of seven hospitals, a cancer centre and an urgent care centre, serving more than 2.3 million residents of Hamilton and central west Ontario. HHS is an academic teaching hospital affiliated with McMaster University and Mohawk College, also located in Hamilton.

Research at Hamilton Health Sciences – Summary of Facts & Figures

  • HHS is one of the 25 most influential research communities in the world, placing 2nd in 2014 in Canada’s Top 40
  • 9.5% growth in research revenue over the last two years — $182 million in 2013.
  • 481 principal investigators
  • Our research addresses complex healthcare problems across the full spectrum of human health – from neonatal to aging sciences investigating matters of the heart, blood, cancer, surgery, rehabilitation, diabetes, obesity, infectious diseases, child health and many more.
  • Home to Canada’s Top Researcher — Dr. Salim Yusuf, Vice-President of Research received the highest honour of recognition for his life-time contributions and accomplishments to medical sciences through his research and achievements that have brought outstanding credit to the City of Hamilton:
    • Received the Gairdner Wightman Award
    • Inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame
    • Named to The Order of Canada
    • Inducted into Hamilton’s Gallery of Distinction
  • HHS has 5 joint research institutes/centres in affiliation with McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences, as well as investigators who work independently:
    • Population Health Research Institute
    • Thrombosis and Atherosclerosis Research Institute
    • Escarpment Cancer Research Institute
    • Offord Centre for Child Studies
    • Geriatric Education and Research in Aging Sciences Centre
  • HHS has a strong mentorship platform for research learners/trainees within our research institutes and centres –supervising 60 Post-doctoral Fellows and 166 Graduate Students.
  • HHS has one of Canada’s largest biobank, which serves as a repository for over 3 million samples from over 250,000 subjects of diverse ethnic and social backgrounds and linked to clinical outcomes.
  • Research at HHS has led to more than 2,500 publications in high impact medical and scientific journals – some of the highest cited papers in the world, as well as international regulatory approvals and numerous guidelines.
  • Our multidisciplinary teams extend from the laboratory setting to clinical trials, large and global studies engaging investigators from various professional backgrounds – from scientists, medicine, statisticians, nursing, physiotherapy, pharmacy, nutrition, occupational therapy and psychology.
  • HHS has a unique multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to research which allows us to share our knowledge beyond borders and promote the adoption of best practices within Canada and internationally.
  • Highly integrated research network – patient care, teaching and research. A rich and collaborative environment with an exceptional track record of lab-to-bedside-to-community interface.
  • HHS Clinical Trials meet regulatory standards acceptable throughout the world, including Health Protection Branch in Canada, Food and Drug Administration in the United States, European Medicines Agency, and regulatory agencies in Asia and South America.
  • Clinical trials and population health studies are the most extensive of those performed in Canada in terms of sample size, geographic reach and diversity of conditions that are conducted in over 1,500 sites in over 86 countries in 6 continents.
  • HHS boasts a collaborative, well-integrated infrastructure to support its research environment to promote growth, development, and sustainability of existing and emerging areas of research from initiating research studies, establishing research teams and dissemination of information and accelerating adoption of new and effective strategies/therapies into practice and system design.

For more information:

Sarah Shields
Public Relations Specialist
Hamilton Health Sciences
905-521-2100 ext. 76088
905-484-4423
shieldssa@hhsc.ca