Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) is a non-profit academic health research institute located in Canada’s capital city of Ottawa. The OHRI’s mission is to excel in research, education and innovative patient care. As of February 2006, the OHRI houses approximately 325 scientists and clinical investigators, 300 students and research fellows, and 625 support staff. The OHRI is an Affiliated Research Institute of the University of Ottawa and performs scientific research for The Ottawa Hospital in its efforts to discover new therapies. The name was changed in 2009 to The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute to reflect this role as the research arm of the Ottawa Hospital.
OHRI scientists are at work on a diverse array of questions within six research programs: cancer therapeutics, clinical epidemiology, hormones growth & development, molecular medicine, neuroscience, and vision. Within these programs, they are conducting research into conditions such as AIDS, Alzheimer's disease, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, obesity, Parkinson's disease, reproductive disorders, and stroke. Institute scientists have pioneered innovations in patient care involving stem cells, blood transfusion practices, diagnostic imaging, oncolytic viruses, and patient decision aids.
Evolution of the institute
Ronald G. Worton has led the OHRI as CEO and Scientific Director since it was established in 2001 following the merger of three Ottawa hospitals. Since then, external funding from grants and contracts has increased from $30 million to $54 million Canadian (2004/5 fiscal year). As of February 2006, OHRI facilities include 160,000 square feet (15,000 m2) of dedicated basic and clinical research space at The Ottawa Hospital. Construction currently underway will add another 75,000 square feet (7,000 m2) for research on vision, kidney disease research, stem cell therapy, and gene therapy.
In 2007, Duncan Stewart, formerly Chief Cardiologist of St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto and Director of Cardiology of University of Toronto, took over as CEO and Scientific Director after the retirement of Ronald Worton. Dr. Stewart's interests lie in translational research, which involves bringing therapeutic strategies developed in the lab, to reality at the bedside.