London ranks in top ten of Canada’s research hospitals

LONDON, ONLawson Health Research Institute has ranked eighth in the country for the 2021 edition of Canada’s Top 40 Research Hospitals List by Re$earch Infosource. This is the eighth consecutive year that Lawson has maintained this strong national position, which puts the institute within the top five in Ontario.

Lawson, the research institute of London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) and St. Joseph’s Health Care London, has also maintained the top ranking for research intensity among the large tier institutions with a little more than $600,000 of research spending per researcher.

“This is a validation of the extensive support from LHSC and St. Joseph’s, our hospital foundations, Western University and our staff and physicians,” says Lawson’s Scientific Director Dr. David Hill. “These strong partnerships make the hospital environment in London a nationally recognized centre of discovery and knowledge translation.”

Hospital-based researchers belong to a health system at the forefront of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. With close proximity to patients and access to samples, they have mobilized to address COVID-19 in many different ways, and are making a difference around the world when it comes to advances and discoveries.

The Province of Ontario designated health research as an essential service early in the pandemic,” explains Dr. Hill. “They understood that only science can get us through this, be it through vaccine development, surveillance and testing, evaluating new drugs to help patients in ICU survive, or studying the long-term health impacts. We have made substantial contributions of new knowledge through Lawson.”

The top 40 list analyzes hospital-based research institutes from across the country on several metrics, including total research income from the previous fiscal year. According to the report, Lawson received $121,888 million in research income in 2021.The ranking looks at funds received from all sources, including both internal and external, to support research at LHSC and St. Joseph’s.


Quick summary of Lawson’s ranking 

  • Rank in Top 40 Research Hospitals 2021: 8 (same as 2020
  • FY2020 research spending: $121,888 million  
  • Percentage change 2019-2020: 2.6% 
  • Research intensity: $618,700 thousand per researcher  
  • Research intensity - percentage of total hospital spending: 7.0% 



About Lawson Health Research Institute: Lawson Health Research Institute is one of Canada’s top hospital-based research institutes, tackling the most pressing challenges in health care. As the research institute of London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care London, our innovation happens where care is delivered. Lawson research teams are at the leading-edge of science with the goal of improving health and the delivery of care for patients. Working in partnership with Western University, our researchers are encouraged to pursue their curiosity, collaborate often and share their discoveries widely. Research conducted through Lawson makes a difference in the lives of patients, families and communities around the world. To learn more, visit


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Celine Zadorsky
Communications & External Relations
Lawson Health Research Institute
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