April 1, 2011
I’ve spoken before about comparative metrics which we use to track our performance against peer institutions to provide insight into our relative achievements. While no single metric is particularly useful, tracking our performance against several, over time, helps determine our trajectory. Recently, the SciMago Institutions Ranking (SIR) issued their 2010 World Reports. The Life Sciences report shows quantitative data related to this field in the period 2004-2008 for worldwide research-devoted institutions with at least 100 scientific documents published during 2008, as collected by the Scopus scientific database.
The report embraces universities and other research-focused organizations grouped into five Institutional Sectors: Higher Education, Health System, Government Agencies, Corporations and Others.
Mount Sinai Hospital was placed within North America's top ten institutions according to the 2010 SciMago world ranking of life sciences, comparing favourably with institutions such as Johns Hopkins and Princeton. In 2010, investigators at the Lunenfeld published 37 primary studies in the 30 very highest impact journals, including Nature and Science so our future rankings look right.
Our level of research intensity exceeds that of many Canadian universities not to mention all other Canadian biomedical research institutes. Indeed, on a per capita basis, Lunenfeld researchers rank within the very highest tier of achievement in the world, by publishing in the highest impact journals.
Other recent successes are illustrated by, for example, our scientists’ success in securing competitive grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. In the Fall 2010 CIHR operating grants competition, Lunenfeld researchers achieved a remarkable success rate of 35 per cent—over double the national average of 17 per cent.This included funding of 14 Lunenfeld and Mount Sinai research teams, representing a combined $7 million in new funds from the CIHR.
This success reflects the efforts of everyone working at the Lunenfeld, the collaborations between labs, the focus on excellence and the tremendous talent of our trainees.
Congratulations to all – keep it up!