The 2016-17 Dean's Report
I am pleased to share with you the 2016-17 Dean's Report, which is now available online, with a print version on the way. The report serves as a retrospective on the year we’ve had and is full of successes across our three schools. In the interest of giving you a sneak peak, I've shared my opening remarks, with mention of some of the stories that you’ll see highlighted in this year’s report.
Queen’s University has, for many decades, been known for its phenomenal student experience. But in recent years, there has been a big collective push to realize our goal for a balanced academy by combining that excellent student experience with an intensified research environment. There is a general appreciation around campus that what’s needed most, notwithstanding increasing challenges in the funding environment, is a redoubled focus on fortifying our research endeavours.
Our Faculty of Health Sciences has long been committed to the notion that we are an essential contributor to the university’s research mission. Success in that mission is measured, in part, by research revenues.
For many years, our faculty has hovered between $75 and $90M in research revenues. This year, we are pleased to present, in this report, a new threshold for success – $118M. Although one shouldn’t be wed to the exact number, breaking the $100M barrier for our small faculty is a significant milestone.
All hands have been on deck. Under the guidance of our Vice-Dean (Research), Dr. Roger Deeley, the $118M has come from all sectors of the faculty, across all three schools, across all disciplines, and across all of the four Canadian Institutes of Health Research pillars: biomedical research; clinical research; health services research; and social, cultural, environmental, and population health research.
The breakdown of the revenues for this year (as highlighted on page 6) reveals that, while we have held our own with respect to major federal grant funding, we have intensified our growth on the industry and corporate side of research. It is my view that this traces to – first and foremost – spectacular successes in the Canadian Cancer Trials Group, and also the product of what is now a five‑year‑strong industry engagement strategy across the entire faculty.
We’ve proudly listed recent successes that have surpassed the $500K threshold on the next few pages, though we are very aware there is a long list of other grants and contracts that have collectively contributed to the final total.
There are, of course, many research‑related elements to celebrate, in addition to the strengthened revenues. This year we have seen significant progress, led by Dr. Deeley, on our vision to create Canada’s first Integrated Research Institute between a Faculty of Health Sciences and its academic hospital partners.
We are proud of the progress made through the International Centre for the Advancement of Community Based Research (ICACBR) under the leadership of Dr. Heather Aldersey. The ICACBR team recently secured a $20.4M partnership between Queen’s University, the University of Gondar in Ethiopia, and the MasterCard Foundation.
We stood alongside our hospital partners with pride as Kingston Health Sciences Centre unveiled the William J. Henderson Centre for Patient‑Oriented Research, which will serve our faculty dedicated to this specific type of inquiry.
We celebrated the launch of Queen’s Cardiopulmonary Unit (Q‑CPU), which recently opened its doors. The unit is a testimony to the vision and leadership of our Head of Medicine, Dr. Stephen Archer, and a strong team of scientists and clinicians dedicated to pulmonary, cardiac and vascular research.
Part of our agenda is to advance transdisciplinary research efforts and collaborations. A great example of this is a project led by Dr. Marian Luctkar‑Flude, which studies the after‑care breast cancer survivors receive from their primary care practitioners. Along with an expert panel that included an oncologist, family physicians, nurse practitioners, and breast cancer survivors, Dr. Luctkar‑Flude identified 21 key recommendations for post‑treatment breast cancer survivorship care as part of her research.
We have an enormous amount to be proud of in this year’s activity in the Faculty of Health Sciences beyond the realm of research. Our three schools remain incredibly popular for prospective students, and our student satisfaction metrics are off‑the‑scale high. We continue to advance our agenda of educational innovation through initiatives like the significant transformation of our 29 specialty medicine residency programs to competency‑based education, the elaboration of a Doctor of Science in Rehabilitation and Health Leadership, and the spectacular success of our Healthcare Quality program, with a recent approval of a new PhD stream.
Thank you to the faculty, staff, and students who have made this year an exceptional one. We have set these new milestones together.