N - Research, Teaching and Innovation

At the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, the Academic Affairs, Teaching, and Research Directorate (AATRD) collaborates closely with the research centres to provide support and guidance on academic affairs to all CIUSSS directorates.

Mission and vision

Innovation drives the academic and research mission at the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’île-de-Montréal. Its transversal role has an impact on multiple sectors, including research activities, teaching, knowledge transfer, and the assessment of technologies and intervention methods for all of its facilities.

The academic mission works with a number of major partners and collaborators, including McGill University, the Réseau universitaire intégré de santé et de services sociaux McGill (RUISSS-McGill), affiliated research centres, and other colleges and universities.

Our directorate is a catalyst for an academic and learning-oriented culture, fostering and consolidating our organization’s leadership in academic activities. These actions help to promote and consolidate the organization’s university affiliations and centres of expertise—which serve to constantly improve the quality and effectiveness of the care and social services we provide—as well as the breakthroughs made at the research centres.

The following CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal facilities are university-affiliated:


WHO/PAHO Collaboration

Researchers at the Douglas Institute are working closely with the World Health Organization (WHO)/Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Collaboration Centre in Montreal to improve access to mental health care across the globe. 

The WHO/PAHO Collaboration Centre was established at the Douglas Institute in 1982, and is particularly active in Latin America, where there is a glaring need for mental health experts. 

The Collaboration Centre serves a scientific, advisory and educational mission, and pursues three main objectives: 

  • Take part in the design and implementation of mental health programs based on WHO and PAHO guidelines; 
  • Use relevant findings from Douglas Hospital Research Centre researchers to develop efficient measuring instruments;
  • Train candidates from all over the world in the fields of psychopharmacology, psychosocial rehabilitation, child psychiatry, community development, research methodology, policymaking, and addiction prevention and treatment.  

In pursuing these objectives, the Centre relies on a network of well-established consultants, such as McGill University—to which it is affiliated—and a myriad of other institutions of higher learning, health establishments, community and non-government organizations from all over the world.

Scientific and medical documentation

The libraries of the CIUSSS de l'Ouest-de-l'Île-de-Montréal act as a hub of documentary resources. They are intended for health and social services professionals, medical residents, students, trainees and staff of the various CIUSSS facilities.


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