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.
Provides secure storage of biological samples in cryogenic (-196°C) and ultra-low temperature (-80°C) freezers.
Biotherapeutics Manufacturing Facility
Produces innovative therapeutics using cells, viruses and antibodies for human clinical trials and preclinical studies.
Flow Cytometry
Provides high-precision cell sorting, facilitating the isolation of rare populations with high purity and yield.
Genvira Biosciences
Specializes in designing, constructing and characterizing customized DNA and RNA viruses for gene therapy, vaccination and cancer immunotherapy.
High Content Imaging Core
Enables high and medium throughput study of cell biology in a single modular platform.
Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Facility
Provides resources and expertise on how to work with induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC).
Enables non-destructive visualization of virtual slices through objects.
Orthopaedics Biomechanics Facility
Provides state of the art equipment for destructive and non-destructive mechanical testing of biological tissues, engineering materials, medical devices, and implants.
Proteomics Facility
Provides high-resolution, high-accuracy mass spectrometry services for protein identification and advanced proteomics projects.
Provides high-throughput genomics services, including next generation sequencing, Sanger DNA sequencing, and microarrays.

Research Services

Centre for Journalology
Provides services and resources to help researchers publish their findings in a way that maximises usability and impact on health.
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.