Oh, Canada!

Canada has been putting the pieces of the puzzle together in recent years, and a pretty picture is emerging for scientists. A new focus on innovative programs and increased funding for scientists suggests that it's no fluke that for the first time, five Canadian universities are in the top 10 of The Scientist's 2004 survey of the Best Places to Work in Academia.Since the late 1990s, the research environment in Canada has witnessed "a virtual revolution," says Bruce McManus, a professor of pathol

Theresa Tamkins
Nov 7, 2004

Canada has been putting the pieces of the puzzle together in recent years, and a pretty picture is emerging for scientists. A new focus on innovative programs and increased funding for scientists suggests that it's no fluke that for the first time, five Canadian universities are in the top 10 of The Scientist's 2004 survey of the Best Places to Work in Academia.

Since the late 1990s, the research environment in Canada has witnessed "a virtual revolution," says Bruce McManus, a professor of pathology at the Uni versity of British Columbia in Vancouver.

"The federal government alone has injected somewhere in the range of $13–15 billion new dollars into a combination of personnel awards," says McManus, who is also head of the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health, one of 13 institutes at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The Canada Foundation for Innovation also poured $10–11 billion of new...

Report Card

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Rank

Institution

Type

No. of Full-Time Life Science Researchers

Total Government Funding (in millions US$)

Papers Published in the Life Sciences**

Citations per Paper**


1

University of Toronto, Canada

Academic

7,946

$134.8††

11,629

18.58

2

University of Alberta, Canada

Academic

1,062

$52.9††

6,662

16.19

3

University of Dundee, Scotland

Academic

1,412*

$98.5

2,560

25.78

4

Dalhousie University, Canada

Academic

869

$48.3

2,041

13.65

5

National Institute for Agricultural Research, France

Government

5,442

$574.9

10,944

12.14

6

Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Academic

2,800

$60.0

6,377

15.63

7

McMaster University, Canada

Academic

1,309

$59.2

3,102

16.93

8

Ghent University, Belgium

Academic

2,737

$100.3††

NA

NA

9

The University of British Columbia, Canada

Academic

921

$303.2

8,219

17.09

10

University of Liverpool, UK

Academic

405

$100.3

3,070

11.68

*Includes medical school **Source: ISI Essential Science Indicators Includes faculty only ††For the life sciences only

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