This year, the COVID-19 pandemic presented a once in a generation event that is challenging and impacting our organization, patients and the community. Research and innovation at THP has a key role to play in understanding, addressing and mitigating the unique challenges presented by the pandemic. During this unprecedented time, researchers and innovators across the organization have quickly mobilized to create new and scalable learnings that can be used to better inform decision-making to manage the current pandemic and provide insights on future prevention and improvements in health outcomes for the community.
Prior to COVID-19, the Institute had an incredible year and we are tremendously proud of the growth of research and innovation activities across the organization. We have increased our number of THP-led projects by 10% across the organization and grown our number of externally collaborating institutions by 43%, demonstrating that we truly are better together. It has also been a landmark year for the submission and success of external grants and awards. IBH scientists submitted a total of 39 funding applications with a 54% success rate, which includes 3 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) grants, generating a total of $2.78 million in in external funding.
To build capacity for research and innovation across THP, we are growing our scientific expertise and creating infrastructure to develop innovative solutions to improve community health. This past year, we established the inaugural Dr. Mathias Gysler Research Chair in Patient and Family Centred Care in collaboration with the University of Toronto, and expanded our faculty to include 52 Investigators from across the organization and 13 Affiliate Scientists. In addition, THP Solutions and the Canadian Accessible (CAN) Health Network were launched to support innovations that will help our community and other communities across the country.
Without the continued support of our staff, patients, physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, learners, volunteers and donor community, these accomplishments would not be possible. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to research and innovation activities across THP.
Robert Reid, MD, PhD
Chief Scientist, Institute for Better Health
Senior Vice-President, Science, Trillium Health Partners
Vice-President, Institute for Better Health