The Royal Named Top 40 Research Hospital

The Royal continues to lead the way in mental health and substance use health research through the University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research at The Royal

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – January 18, 2022: The Royal is proud to announce that it has been named one of Canada’s Top 40 Research Hospitals for the tenth consecutive year. The annual list, released by Research Infosource, also places The Royal in the top 15 for growth. In 2021, The Royal grew in research spending by 5.7 percent increasing its investment from $14.5 million to $15.3 million. The Royal was also placed in the top ten for researcher intensity and hospital intensity (small tier). Click here to read the official announcement.  

“Further integrating research into care remains a top priority of The Royal. In fact, it is so important that it is a key pillar of our latest strategic plan, Co-creating access, hope and new possibilities.” Dr. Joanne Bezzubetz, president and chief executive officer of The Royal, said. “We are pleased with our progress thus far and are excited by the new possibilities on the horizon as we make participating in research more accessible to our organization and work to engage clients and their families at every stage in the exploration process.” 

“We are honoured to once again be recognized as one of Canada’s premier research hospitals,” Dr. Florence Dzierszinski, president of The University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research at The Royal and vice president of research of The Royal, said. “Despite the complexities of managing several significant transitions, we are excited at our continued growth and at the prioritization of research at The Royal. Our diverse community of researchers inspire hope through innovative discoveries, meaningful engagement of clients and their loved ones, and deep collaboration with partners and key stakeholders. As we grow in our integration of research across the care continuum, and as we continue to invest in our talent, we will also expand and connect our technology platforms to further empower world-class mental health and substance use health research here in the nation’s capital.” 

As one of Canada’s leading academic health science centres, researchers with The Royal and The University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research at The Royal specialize in complex and treatment-resistant mental illness, and conduct innovative work leading to the development of novel, more personalized and alternative options in prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Parties interested in learning more about opportunities to invest in the future of mental health research should contact

About The Royal

The Royal is one of Canada’s foremost mental health care, teaching and research hospitals. Its mandate is simple: to help more people living with mental illness into recovery faster. The Royal combines the delivery of specialized mental health care, advocacy, research and education to transform the lives of people living with complex and treatment-resistant mental illness. The Royal includes mental health centres in Ottawa and Brockville, community mental health services at Carlingwood Mall, and four satellite offices.  The Royal’s Operational Stress Injury (OSI) Clinic treats Canadian Forces, veterans and RCMP, and is the only OSI clinic within a specialized academic mental health centre. The University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Research at The Royal brings together leading clinicians, scientists and technology to investigate the brain circuitry linked to depression, posttraumatic stress disorder and suicidal ideation. With the launch of the world’s leading-edge technology in molecular imaging targeted solely to mental health research, The Royal is becoming an innovative powerhouse — putting the nation’s capital at the forefront of unlocking the secrets of the brain — the last frontier. The Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health raises funds that support The Royal’s work. The Royal places a sharp focus on awareness building through the You Know Who I Am campaign and public education initiatives such as Conversations at The Royal and Is It Just Me? Conversations about Youth Mental Health. For more information, please visit

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