For the tenth consecutive year, Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) has been named one of the Top 40 research hospitals in Canada. KHSC strives to be a leader in research projects that are aligned with regional population health needs. As the research arm of KHSC, Kingston General Health Research Institute (KGHRI) collaborates with Queen’s University and Providence Care Hospital in its research mission.

“Research and innovation are critical to a healthier future,” says David Pichora, President and CEO of KHSC and chair of KGHRI. “This is particularly true now, as we work to find creative solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic and its collateral impact as we strive to emerge with new and better ways to care for our patients and community. As Southeastern Ontario’s leading centre for complex, acute and specialty care, research is an important part of our role.”

KGHRI is home to over 370 researchers who are actively involved in research projects, including a range of COVID-19 health issues, such as small molecule therapies, testing, mental health impacts and biosensor tools. Additionally, more than180 new clinical trials involve collaborative efforts with regional, provincial, national, and international hospitals and universities.

 “We are extraordinarily proud of our Top 40 ranking and the impact that our hospital-based researchers are making to advance discovery and innovate to enhance patient care,” says Dr. Steven Smith, President and CEO of the KGHRI and Vice-President of Health Sciences Research at KHSC. “Our research is transforming patient care for today and for the future.” 

This recognition as a leading research hospital strengthens KHSC’s brand as a teaching and research hospital and positions the organization as a destination academic health sciences centre – a place where students, researchers, staff and volunteers alike are inspired to learn and discover.

“By nurturing this culture of learning and the pursuit of knowledge within KGHRI, KHSC will remain on the leading edge of care, meaning that patients in southeastern Ontario will have access to world-class specialty and acute care, closer to home,” says Dr. Smith. “We are grateful to our communities who continue to provide support for research through the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation.”

Canada’s top 40 research hospitals, hospital networks and health authorities devoted a combined $3.06 billion to research in Fiscal 2020, a substantial gain of 5.8 per cent over Fiscal 2019, according to Research Infosource Inc., which released its annual Top 40 Research Hospitals ranking based on total research spending and research intensity.