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Global Connections in Research

​As rich in knowledge and resources as the local environment is, UHN understands that there is valuable knowledge beyond this and is committed to playing an important role internationally — this is grounded in our mission of global impact. In fact, global collaboration and partnerships have been a major factor in fostering the world-class research activity at UHN. As of 2016, UHN has established 27,778 research collaborations with 5,017 partners across 95 countries around the world*.

Image of International Global Connections
This connectivity map is a visual representation of UHN's global research collaborations by continent (North America, excluding Canada, shown in red; South America in yellow; Europe in blue; Africa in green; Asia in teal; and Oceana in purple). Accurate as of October 2012​.

Examples of major global research collaborations include:

Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine (Shanghai, China)
​UHN has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine (SJTUSM) to create and implement a Joint Centre for Translational Research. SJTUSM has a network of 12 hospitals that are ideally positioned to translate research discoveries to patient impact. The new centre will combine the efforts of research teams at both institutions to accelerate the rate of discovery and implementation of medical advances in several health areas of critical importance for the Chinese and Ontario populations, including diabetes, cancer and drug development.


Technion-UHN International Centre for Cardiovascular Innovation (Haifa, Israel)
UHN and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have established a new Centre aimed at developing new ways to treat heart disease. By combining the efforts of the leading scientists and clinicians of Technion and UHN, this partnership, which includes UHN's McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine and the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, will develop new cardiovascular devices and regenerative medicine therapies and innovations that will benefit not only Canadians and Israel but all patients suffering from cardiovascular disease across the globe. Moreover, the new Centre will support the training of the next generation of scientists and clinicians who will specialize in the continually growing fields of stem cell and regenerative medicine research.