The University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) is one of the largest French-language research centres in North America. Following is an overview of our organization.
More than 1,730 people work at CRCHUM, including 439 researchers, 435 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, 227 college or undergraduate students as well as other research interns and 852 professional, support and technical staff as well as research nurses.
CRCHUM forms an integral part of the hospital. Its director, Dr. Vincent Poitout, is also Director of Research at CHUM. This management structure promotes alignment of research activities with hospital operations.
As a university hospital affiliated with Université de Montréal, CHUM has a mission focused on care, research, teaching, health promotion and advancement of technology and treatment methods in health care. With a view to providing a continuum of care and services to the community, governance of CHUM is pooled with CHU Sainte-Justine, a mother-child hospital centre.
Research at CHUM
CRCHUM adheres to the policy on responsible research conduct established by the Fonds de recherche en santé du Québec (FRQS) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). All research activities conducted in whole or in part at CHUM are benchmarked, listed and conducted in compliance with the highest standards of academic research.
The students we host at CRCHUM, from Université de Montréal and many other universities around the world, play an active role in the advancement of research. They conduct work in our laboratories and participate in many oral or poster presentations at conferences, seminars and thesis defences.
A lively scientific forum
As the venue for a very active scientific life, dozens of conferences and scientific activities are held each week at CRCHUM, especially seminars, thesis defences and weekly CRCHUM conferences at which internationally renowned researchers present their latest work. CRCHUM also organizes prestigious events such as the Journée scientifique du CRCHUM [scientific day], in mid-October, with the participation of a Nobel Prize recipient.
Université de Montréal
CRCHUM is the largest research centre affiliated with Université de Montréal. Almost all the Centre’s 439 researchers are affiliated with Université de Montréal and divide their time between research, teaching activities and, for many, clinical practice. Within Université de Montréal, they belong to the Faculty of medecine, the École de santé publique de l’Université de Montréal (ÉSPUM), the Faculty of Pharmacy, à l’École de réadaptation or the École Polytechnique Montréal. We also have links with the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) and Téluq, to which some researchers in the imaging and engineering section belong.
The development of collaboration with other research centres in Quebec to increase the overall research capacity in health is a priority for CHUM’s Director of Research. Supported by Montréal In Vivo, the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal, the McGill University Health Centre and the Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine have joined forces with various industrial partners to make Montreal a global centre of expertise in early clinical research. This initiative, launched in January 2015, promotes the clinical research expertise of Montreal hospitals, thereby contributing to development of the life sciences and health technology cluster in the greater Montreal area.
CRCHUM is associated with the research centre at CHU Sainte-Justine to foster development of an applied clinical research unit (URCA), with both centres sharing the biostatistics resources and providing high-level methodological support for patient-oriented research projects.
We also collaborate with many partners: universities, companies and investors in Canada and around the world.
CRCHUM was formed in 1996 by joining three founding hospitals: Hôtel-Dieu, Hôpital Notre-Dame and Hôpital Saint-Luc.
In October 2013, the Centre opened a new chapter in its history when it opened a new modern research complex in the heart of downtown Montreal. The consolidation of research teams previously scattered across various sites breathed new enthusiasm into the Centre and stimulated productive multidisciplinary collaboration. The recruiting of many world-class researchers also helped position CRCHUM effectively on the world health research stage.
Since September 2015, governance of CHUM has been pooled with that of CHU Sainte-Justine, a mother-child hospital centre. This group facilitates continuity in delivery of care and services for patients of all ages, from infants to adults.
With the approaching opening of the new CHUM in 2017, patients and the public will have access to a cutting-edge university hospital complex that conducts research, delivers care and provides teaching at a single site. This new strength will create an outstanding environment to accelerate research and innovation serving patients and the public.
Our researchers hold 35 research chairs. The Government of Canada and the institutions that financially support these chairs contribute directly to the excellence of our research in leading fields.
Canada Research Chairs
CHUM Foundation and other chairs