McMaster University

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Farncombe Institute ranked first

Published: January 25, 2011
John Wallace
John Wallace, director of the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute and a professor of medicine for the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine

A detailed analysis of digestive disease research has placed the Farncombe Institute at McMaster University first in Canada, and among the best in the world.

Researchers of the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute occupied the first, second and fourth positions of an analysis by Research Performance Metrics Ltd. The research firm evaluated the influence of research articles published by nearly 100 digestive disease researchers across Canada. Other top-rated digestive disease research centres included, in order of their ranking, the University of Toronto, the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta.

“This analysis is a comprehensive evaluation of the influence of digestive health research carried out in Canada,” said Tara Lipman of Research Performance Metrics. “The universities that ranked best likely do so in part because they have balanced teams of clinical and basic scientists, with extensive collaborations.” An earlier analysis had ranked Canada's digestive health researchers among the best in the world.

John Wallace, director of the Farncombe Institute, said: "It is gratifying to see that our research institute ranked so well, but this is a snapshot of where we are today. We need to continue to develop a stronger team of researchers and to collaborate internally and externally to maintain our competitiveness. Analyses such as this one are very instructive in terms of strategic recruitment.”

He added that the excellent performance of Canadian digestive health researchers is a testament to the strong financial support that has been provided for this research by philanthropists such as the Farncombe family, government agencies like the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and by charitable foundations such as the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada.

The analysis included an evaluation of medical research publications over the past 25 years, as well as a sub-analysis of the past decade. Evaluating the influence of research involved an assessment of how frequently research publications are cited by other medical researchers. Research Performance Metrics is a Canadian company focused on providing detailed analysis of research productivity and influence.

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