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Research and Innovation in 2020: A Year in Review


Despite all the challenges we faced in 2020 while navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, we are grateful to still have so many highlights to look back on.

Recognizing Our People – We’ve had an enormous academic recognition through five Clinical Research Chair appointments with the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine, including Dr. James Downar, Dr. Claire Kendall, Dr. Doug Manuel, Dr. Peter Tanuseputro, and Dr. Kumanan Wilson. Dr. Clare Liddy was named both Chair for the Department of Family Medicine and University Research Chair in eConsult and Primary Health Care Delivery.
Doug Archibald, PhD, Jodi Edwards, PhD, Dr. Peter Tanuseputro, and Simone Dahrouge, PhD were honoured with Faculty of Medicine Awards of Excellence, and Jodi Edwards was also named the University of Ottawa Hearth Institute Investigator of the Year.
We welcomed Sarina Isenberg, PhD, as our new Bruyère Chair in Mixed Methods Palliative Care Research, alongside 18 new investigators with expertise supporting Bruyère’s service programs.

Strengthening Partnerships – We’ve had tremendous success launching and strengthening our industry, academic, community, and government partnerships, with a notable win with CANHealth Network supporting the pilot work of SHOEBOX QuickTest in our Geriatric Rehabilitation Program and CANImmunize for our flu clinics. We’ve also built capacity by matching research funding with uOttawa’s Faculty of Medicine, uOttawa Heart Institute, CHEO, and the uOttawa Brain and Mind Research Institute.

Building Recognition – Bruyère was profiled in the Innovate Ottawa series, ranked as one of Canada’s Top 40 Research Hospitals for 2020, and had nine Bruyère affiliated researchers rank within the top 2% of scientists in the world. Many researchers pivoted to COVID-19 work, including prediction of Ottawa cases, supporting marginalized communities, transitioning rehabilitation needs, assessing impacts to long-term care, and evaluating immunity passports in response to the pandemic. We saw significant investment of $150,000 in the implementation science work for designated care partner programs in Ontario. Pivoting to a new era of virtual events, Bruyère Research Institute also launched the Bruyère TALKS Research webinar series and co-hosted Better Together: What We’ve Learned in Three years at the Vanier Social Pediatric Hub.

In a year filled with so many obstacles and uncertainties, these highlights are a testament to the dedication and hard work that Bruyère embodies. As we celebrate the accomplishments of 2020, we look forward to a new year of research, innovation, and care.