"uOBMRI – Unlocking the Healing Powers of the Brain"

3 reasons to give back


Our alumni tell us they support the Faculty of Medicine for many reasons, but primarily because they want to give back to an institution that made such a difference in their lives and to help the students and residents who are following in their footsteps. Our students need your support! Many struggle financially through medical school and some are having a hard time making ends meet.

Scholarships and bursaries are a great way to help students! The Faculty of Medicine has invested in a Bridge-to-Medicine Fund that will help talented high school students from disadvantaged neighbourhoods in Canada to pursue their dream of going to medical school. We have also established funds to help support and strengthen our financial aid packages so that students talented enough to be admitted to our program won’t be prevented from studying here because they don’t have the financial means. This includes our vision to support Aboriginal medical students and we have created a fund in honour of William Commanda, an Algonquin elder who received an honourary doctorate for the University of Ottawa in 2005.

« One of the best ways to ensure our newly trained physicians provide health care to under-serviced communities are to encourage students from these areas to become doctors. We need to back them up with financial support.
Medical school is really a struggle for students who do not have the resources. »
Vice-Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education
– Dr. Melissa Forgie



Did you know that medical education has changed dramatically over the past 10 years, and the University of Ottawa has been at the forefront of using new approaches and technology in undergraduate, graduate and continuing education?

The MD/PhD Program offers exceptional students the opportunity to pursue two degrees over the course of seven years. Based on a single, integrated curriculum, the program combines the Faculty of Medicine’s existing undergraduate medical school curriculum with approved doctoral programs in biochemistry, biology, cellular and molecular medicine, human and molecular genetics, microbiology and immunology, and neuroscience.

At the uOSSC, the uO Skills and Simulation Centre, medical students, residents and physicians practice procedures like intubation on lifelike mannequins. The mannequins breathe and have a pulse. Their skin colour even changes. The Centre is the largest facility in Canada and it is run in partnership with the Ottawa Hospital. Residents have told us that they have found themselves better prepared for rare emergency situations because of their training at the Centre, which has two operating theatres, an emergency room and resuscitation areas.

We are investing in education in an innovative way and we ask you to donate today in support of the uOSSC!
(For more information, please visit: http://uossc.ca)



The University ranks second in the country for research intensity in medicine and science. Our strategy is to focus our efforts in areas of expertise where we are already leaders, neuroscience, cardiology, vascular disease, thrombosis, asthma, kidney disease, cancer, stem cells all to advance discoveries and advances in medicine into high quality, evidence-based health care for patients.

The University of Ottawa Brain and Mind Research Institute (uOBMRI) unites researchers and clinicians to improve care and tackle some of the toughest challenges in neuroscience. Under the uOBMRI we are lowering suicide by 20% by the year 2020, we are dramatically increasing the survival rate of stroke patients by 50%, and we are developing the IPCN, an Integrated Parkinson’s Care Network to personalize the treatment plans for Parkinson’s patients, creating a neuromuscular clinic and discovering how to better treat the most challenging diseases. At the uOBMRI, we work with over 200 scientists to transform the delivery of health care. We have made a conscious effort to collaborate in a unique and innovate way in order to have a lasting impact, to break down traditional silos and bridge the gap between basic science and clinical patient care. We have made significant advances and are determined to defy the conventional.

« We are searching for ways to activate stem cells and to repair the damage caused by stroke. » uO Brain and Mind Research Institute scientist
– Dr. Ruth Slack

The purpose of Dr. Bennett’s lab research is to develop new therapies for neurodegenerative disease. Research focuses on discovery (what is going wrong at the level of membrane?), target (how do these lipid changes affect integral membrane protein function?), diagnostics (are circulating lipids in patients biomarkers of neurodegenerative disease progression?) and therapeutics (can existing drugs and new plant-derived compounds be repurposed to treat neurodegenerative disease?).

In October 2014 Dr. Adam Sachs, a neurosurgeon and a uOBMRI member launched the first Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) program and currently performs DBS surgeries to treat PD’s motor symptoms at the Ottawa Hospital.

Dr. Sachs has now moved to the next level, gathering data that will shed light on the fundamental neural circuits being transformed in Parkinson’s disease (PD) and finding ways to rectify these modulations. To that end, the team is now researching innovative ways in which patients undergoing DBS surgical therapy can provide better understanding of how the brain is wired, how it becomes modified in PD and how we can potentially treat patients to improve the execution of their motor tasks by using the latest advancement in virtual reality technologies. These exciting and potentially game changing projects are successfully underway.

Our donors see an investment in the Faculty of Medicine as an opportunity to advance research and medical education in ways that improve the quality of health care here in Ottawa, across the country and around the world. Please take this moment to give.