Core Facilities and Services

The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute provides state-of-the-art core facilities and services, in partnership with the University of Ottawa and The Ottawa Hospital. Please explore this web portal to learn how our unique facilities and services can fuel world-class research in areas ranging from basic molecular biology to cell and virus manufacturing to clinical trials to epidemiological studies. You can also browse through a detailed list of our equipment and explore a broader list of core facilities available through the University of Ottawa. Please note that core facilities at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute are available for use by internal and external researchers.

Core Facilities


Bioinformatics Facility
Provides analysis of high-throughput sequencing, microarray and genomic sequence data; data integration and network analysis.
Biorepository
Provides secure storage of biological samples in cryogenic (-196°C) and ultra-low temperature (-80°C) freezers.
Cell Therapy Manufacturing Facility
Produces investigational cellular therapeutic products for use in clinical trials.
Flow Cytometry
Provides high-precision cell sorting, facilitating the isolation of rare populations with high purity and yield.
MicroCT
Enables non-destructive visualization of virtual slices through objects.
Proteomics Facility
Provides high-resolution, high-accuracy mass spectrometry services for protein identification and advanced proteomics projects.
StemCore
Provides high-throughput genomics services, including DNA sequencing and microarrays.
Virus Manufacturing Facility
Manufacture biosafety level 2 viruses for early phase human clinical trials, including trials for oncolytic viruses and vaccines.

Research Services


Clinical Investigation Unit
Twelve-bed unit staffed with experienced research nurses who can conduct studies in all phases of drug development. Includes an associated Pharmacokinetics Lab for therapeutic drug monitoring.
Clinical Research Lab
Central processing lab for biological samples obtained for subjects enrolled in clinical research studies.
ICES uOttawa
Provides secure access to Ontario's population-based health surveys, anonymous patient records, and clinical and administrative databases.
Ottawa Health Science Network Research Ethics Board
Reviews all research involving the use of human subjects at The Ottawa Hospital.
Ottawa Methods Centre
Provides services to support clinical researchers at all stages of a study, from inception to implementation.
Research Administration
Includes human resources, finance, grants, technology transfer, contracts, clinical research, communications and research safety.