Horizon named one of Canada’s Top 40 health research institutions

Horizon Health Network is pleased to announce that, for the first time in our history, the organization has been named one of Canada’s ‘Top 40 Research Hospitals for 2020.

The designation from Research Infosource Inc., a leading Canadian research and consulting firm which compiles the rankings each year, solidifies Horizon’s status among the country’s top health research institutions.

Horizon joins the IWK Health Centre and the Nova Scotia Health Authority as the only Atlantic Canadian health care organizations to make this year’s Top 40 list.

“This is an extremely significant accomplishment for Horizon, one that further validates the exciting, ground-breaking work being led by our researchers,” said Dr. Edouard Hendriks, Horizon’s Vice-President Medical, Academic and Research Affairs. “This is a goal we have been striving toward for many years, and finally being able to achieve it is certainly cause for celebration.”

The annual Top 40 Research Hospitals list examines research activities in hospitals across the country. It compiles the rankings by evaluating a combination of metrics, including research intensity and overall research spending. Horizon has earned the No. 40 spot on this list for 2020.

Karen McGrath, Horizon President and CEO, said having the organization included on this prestigious list showcases, on a national level, the commitment to research excellence that exists within Horizon.

“I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to our research community and the entire team at Horizon Research Services for this well-deserved recognition,” she said. “This is an outstanding achievement that reflects an environment where world-class, difference-making research can thrive.”

Horizon has secured millions of dollars in grant funding through various sources over the last number of years, helping realize important clinical research in areas of study including:

  • Dementia
  • Falls prevention
  • Primary care
  • Brain health
  • Hip fractures
  • Transitions from hospital to home
  • Memory care
  • Polypharmacy (Reducing unnecessary medications)
  • Frailty

The inclusion in the Top 40 rankings caps off an important year for Horizon Research Services, one that included approval from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research to receive and administer grant funding, as well as receiving formal accreditation for our Human Research Protection Program (HRPP).

“This recognition clearly demonstrates our commitment to finding the best possible treatment options for our patients,” said Barry Strack, Horizon’s Regional Director of Research Services.

“This is also an accomplishment for New Brunswick because research doesn’t happen in isolation, it’s a concerted, collaborative effort that’s only possible when government, the regional health authorities and the public come together to create an environment that supports research.”

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