Vitalité Health Network makes its mark in research on the national scene

Bathurst, Thursday, January 20, 2022 – Vitalité Health Network is proud to be one of Canada’s Top 40 Research Hospitals and to be in the elite group of Canada’s 10 best research hospitals based on growth in research funding. 

The Network is the only facility in New Brunswick, and one of three in the Atlantic provinces, to rank among the top 40 research hospitals, at 37th place. The Network fares even better in terms of its increase in research funding, coming second among the 10 best hospitals in Canada.

This national recognition is shared by the Network and its research partners, namely the Université de Moncton and its researchers based at the recently founded New Brunswick Centre for Precision Medicine, the Atlantic Cancer Research Institute (ACRI) and the Centre de formation médicale du Nouveau-Brunswick (CFMNB).

According to Brigitte Sonier-Ferguson, Vice President of University Mission of Vitalité Health Network and Acting CEO of the ACRI, this national ranking published yesterday1 illustrates the growing role that research is playing within the Network. “Our strengthened research partnerships and our strategic approach to health research with the Université de Moncton, ACRI and CFMNB have significantly expanded our research capacity in recent years.  The COVID-19 pandemic has underlined as never before the importance of marshalling scientific proof and evidence-based data. Our expertise advancing health research in New Brunswick, which we are nurturing in collaboration with our partners, is well established and recognized.” 

“The CFMNB congratulates Vitalité Health Network for this ranking, which once again highlights the importance of cooperation in the health research field.  This recognition of our investment is testament to the “success dynamic” that we have built with our partners, including the Network, that is clearly working and that we will continue striving to advance,” explained Dr. Michel Landry, Director of the CFMNB.

“We are proud of this partnership and its focus on health research that helps people. This collaborative approach based on the needs of our patients and communities is the optimum path to develop knowledge and best practices. Pooling our talents and resources is THE solution to meeting the challenges posed by illness prevention and treatment, not to mention the organization and management of New Brunswick’s health care system,” explained Gilles C. Roy, Vice-Dean of Teaching and Research at the Université de Moncton.

Brigitte Sonier-Ferguson, Vice President of University Mission for Vitalité Health Network and Gilles C. Roy, Vice-Dean of Teaching and Research at the Université de Moncton.

1Research Infosource is a national organization that disseminates data on research and development and publishes the Canada’s Top 40 Research Hospitals ranking every year.