O'Brien Institute

O'Brien Institute for Public Health

Advancing public health through research excellence

Our mission

is to advance public health through research excellence.

We are

research institute that champions research to promote population health and high-quality sustainable health care for all.

Our role

is to support academic scholars to tackle public health challenges, bringing them together with health practitioners, citizens, governments, businesses, and non-governmental organizations when collective action is required.

Stakeholder engagement:

Development of the strategic and financial partnerships and relationships necessary to advance the Institute's mission and realize its vision.

Knowledge generation:

Integration of the skills, resources and incentives of individuals and teams, to support timely, relevant and crosscutting research.

Knowledge mobilization:

Evaluation, contextualization and communication of knowledge to accelerate the capture of benefits and inform subsequent rounds of research and knowledge translation.

About the O'Brien Institute

Better health and health care

Global and immigrant health researchers

Who we are

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Why we're here

O'Brien Institute former scientific director Dr. William Ghali and Canadian ambassador to Qatar Adrian Norfolk

Where we work

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Collaboration in research

O’Brien Institute researchers have a critically important role in Canada’s public health, through our efforts to describe, design, and suggest improvements. We are truly interdisciplinary, encompassing more than 500 members with a range of academic and professional backgrounds, from research scientists and clinicians, to health system decision-makers and other health professionals. 

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Core Team

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Executive Committee

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Strategic Advisory Board

David and Gail O'Brien

Institute impact

“I can’t say enough about how proud we are of the outstanding work and impact that the institute has had… we truly believe in, and are inspired by, the work that has been achieved.”

- Naming donors David and Gail O’Brien

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