The Year in Review 2009-2010 - Sustainability - The Annual Report of The Hospital for Sick Children
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At a Glance: Research

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SickKids Research Institute is an international centre of excellence and innovation – the largest child health research institute in Canada. In this environment, top researchers and health-care experts from all over the world work closely together to improve children’s health. Learn more about the Research Institute.

SickKids Research Institute was supported in 2009-2010 by SickKids Foundation, governments and non-government organizations. Total funding was $172,213,266.

During 2009-2010, the number of funded research projects at SickKids Research Institute, including personnel awards, infrastructure grants and maintenance grants was 2,580.

Clinical Research Studies

Clinical advances can only be made after careful and reliable investigation; improvements in patient care rely on the results of clinical research. At the Research Institute, all active clinical protocols – research studies involving human subjects – go through a rigorous approval process and screening by the Research Ethics Board.

Active clinical protocols in 2009-2010

 

2,428

Research Institute Staff

SickKids Research Institute is staffed by renowned, extraordinary scientists and staff. See profiles of our researchers.

Our trainees come from all over the world.  Their transition to the Research Institute is aided by the Research Training Centre.

Total Research Institute staff

 

2,530

Faculty

    Scientists and Associate Scientists (commit at least        50% of time to research activities)

220

 

    Project Investigators (commit less than 50% of time        to research activities)

279

 

Trainees

     Research Fellows

307

 

     Graduate Students

547

 

     Clinician-scientists

5

 

     Research and summer students

200

 

Grant funded staff

 

749

Operations and administrative staff

 

226


Research Institute’s success rate with CIHR

The success rate with grant applications to the Canadian Institutes for Health Research is an important indicator because CIHR is the major funding body for health research in Canada. To be above the national average is a marker of excellence.  

CIHR SickKids success rate

 

30%

CIHR National success rate

 

 18%


Publications

Articles by SickKids scientists are published in leading international journals including The Lancet, Nature Cell Biology, Pediatrics, Obesity, Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Nature Neuroscience, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Current Biology, Diabetes, American Journal Of Respiratory And Critical Care Medicine, and many others.

Number of peer-reviewed articles by scientists at SickKids Research Institute in 2009-2010

 

1,086

Average number of peer-reviewed article per scientist and associate scientist

 

4.8


Industry contracts

Number of industry contracts (excluding infrastructure grant matching contributions)

 

189

Dollar value of industry contracts

 

4,976,282


Operating grants

Number of peer-reviewed operating grants

 

2,011

Dollar value of peer-reviewed operating grants

 

64,723,464


Infrastructure grants

Number of peer-reviewed infrastructure grants

 

 49

Dollar value of peer-reviewed infrastructure grants

 

24,247,548

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