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Canada's Top 40 Research Hospitals 2022

The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research (IMHR), affiliated with the University of Ottawa is one of Canada’s foremost research institutes focused on mental health. We are one of Canada's Top 40 Research Hospitals in 2022.

Our researchers specialize in complex and treatment-resistant mental illness, and conduct innovative work that is leading to the development of more personalized and alternative treatment options, to help improve patient care locally and globally. 

We are also strongly focused on advancing prevention and early intervention strategies; to help curb mental illness before it starts. 

Our researchers are tackling important mental health questions in a number of different areas, including mood disorders; stress and trauma; youth mental health; suicide prevention; sleep disorders; military mental health; and workplace mental health. 

We are home to a number of dedicated research facilities including the Brain Imaging Centre and the Sleep Research Laboratory, which are equipped with state-of-the-art technologies that enable our researchers to study the brain and mind in new and innovative ways. 

As a member of the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO), we are ideally positioned to translate our researchers’ cutting-edge discoveries into transformative mental health care for individuals at The Royal -- and beyond. 

Our approach to mental health research falls under three overarching pillars:

INNOVATION: Taking novel approaches to research, and harnessing cutting-edge technologies and tools to better understand the brain.

INTERVENTION: Informing the development of personalized and alternative treatment options to improve patient care and help people get people better, faster. 

PREVENTION: Identifying the biological, social and environmental mechanisms associated with mental illness, and using predictive analytics to develop early intervention strategies and inform health systems and policies.

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