2021 tables: Institutions - life sciences

The 2021 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020.

Table criteria

# Institution Share 2019 Share 2020 Count 2020 Change in Adjusted Share 2019-2020*
1 University of Toronto (U of T), Canada 160.46 167.79 475 -3.9%
2 McGill University, Canada 86.61 85.31 291 -9.5%
3 The University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada 69.14 52.41 219 -30.4%
4 University of Calgary (U of C), Canada 25.08 34.39 103 26.0%
5 University of Montreal (UdeM), Canada 37.08 33.08 164 -18.0%
6 University of Alberta (U of A), Canada 21.30 28.58 105 23.2%
7 University of Ottawa (uOttawa), Canada 19.33 23.08 97 9.7%
8 Laval University (UL), Canada 19.56 20.17 85 -5.3%
9 McMaster University, Canada 16.13 18.25 58 3.9%
10 Western University (UWO), Canada 23.19 14.39 49 -43.0%
11 University of Guelph, Canada 10.91 11.43 38 -3.8%
12 Queen's University, Canada 6.64 8.81 39 21.9%
13 Dalhousie University, Canada 7.36 8.45 48 5.5%
14 University of Sherbrooke (USherbrooke), Canada 10.33 8.11 32 -27.9%
15 Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), Canada 9.03 7.57 60 -22.9%
16 Simon Fraser University (SFU), Canada 12.04 7.27 47 -44.5%
17 University of Lethbridge, Canada 0.89 6.50 15 567.5%
18 York University, Canada 4.02 6.17 20 40.8%
19 University of Manitoba, Canada 2.92 5.51 33 73.7%
20 University of Waterloo, Canada 2.24 5.40 22 121.8%
21 University of Saskatchewan (U of S), Canada 7.12 5.31 23 -31.5%
22 University of Victoria (UVic), Canada 5.56 5.30 23 -12.5%
23 Clinical Research Institute of Montreal (IRCM), Canada 7.05 4.36 17 -43.2%
24 Alberta Health Services (AHS), Canada 6.30 4.36 37 -36.4%
25 Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR), Canada 4.28 4.34 53 -6.9%
26 Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), Canada 2.70 4.22 13 43.4%
27 Concordia University, Canada 4.23 3.47 19 -24.7%
28 Carleton University, Canada 1.93 3.30 16 56.8%
29 Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Canada 2.44 2.99 21 12.3%
30 Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN), Canada 3.77 2.79 17 -32.0%
31 Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), Canada 1.64 2.75 18 54.1%
32 Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU), Canada 1.59 2.60 6 50.1%
33 Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI), Canada 1.03 2.06 24 84.3%
34 University of New Brunswick (UNB), Canada 0.33 2.01 7 468.6%
35 London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), Canada 1.35 1.47 7 0.3%
36 National Research Council (NRC), Canada 2.23 1.34 10 -45.0%
37 National Institute of Scientific Research (INRS), Canada 0.99 1.29 22 19.8%
38 Natural Resources Canada, Canada 0.19 1.20 8 488.8%
39 Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), Canada 1.92 1.20 11 -42.8%
40 Trent University, Canada 0.29 1.17 3 265.1%
41 Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), Canada 2.01 1.11 26 -49.3%
42 Brandon University (BU), Canada 1.00 1.00 1 -8.1%
43 University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), Canada 0.58 0.98 4 54.6%
44 Hakai Institute, Canada 1.14 0.89 4 -28.0%
45 Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR), Canada 1.11 0.87 13 -28.1%
46 Brock University, Canada 1.39 0.84 3 -44.5%
47 Ryerson University, Canada 0.99 0.82 3 -24.5%
48 Acuitas Therapeutics, Canada 0.02 0.77 6 3,079.8%
49 Vector Institute, Canada 0.12 0.68 18 432.1%
50 Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS), Canada 0.60 0.67 7 1.6%
51 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), Canada 1.17 0.61 9 -52.1%
52 University of Windsor (UWin), Canada 1.23 0.59 5 -56.1%
53 Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA), Canada 0.57 1 N/A
54 St. Joseph's Health Care London, Canada 0.51 0.56 9 0.9%
55 Algoma University, Canada 0.54 3 N/A
56 Polytechnique Montréal, Canada 1.28 0.53 3 -61.7%
57 Fonds de Recherche du Québec - Nature et Technologies (FRQNT), Canada 0.50 1 N/A
58 Adapsyn Biosciences, Canada 0.20 0.47 1 115.3%
59 StemCell Technologies, Inc., Canada 0.12 0.46 2 241.3%
60 Laurentian University, Canada 1.71 0.45 2 -76.0%
61 University of Winnipeg, Canada 0.26 0.44 5 54.6%
62 Montreal Cancer Institute (ICM), Canada 1.46 0.40 15 -75.1%
63 Lallemand SAS, Canada 0.38 1 N/A
64 Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM), Canada 0.16 0.38 5 113.3%
65 Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC), Canada 0.06 0.36 5 473.2%
66 IWK Health Centre, Canada 0.37 0.33 7 -19.1%
67 Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), Canada 0.78 0.31 6 -63.2%
68 Biospective Inc., Canada 0.29 1 N/A
69 Canadian Blood Services, Canada 0.07 0.27 2 269.7%
70 Providence Health Care, Canada 0.11 0.25 9 115.5%
71 University of Quebec at Trois-Rivieres (UQTR), Canada 0.24 0.23 9 -10.2%
72 Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Canada 1.71 0.20 5 -89.2%
73 Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services, Canada 0.20 1 N/A
74 Willow Biosciences Inc., Canada 0.18 1 N/A
75 Paraza Pharma Inc., Canada 0.14 0.17 1 10.9%
76 Royal Tyrrell Museum, Canada 0.05 0.17 1 190.9%
76 Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC), Canada 0.17 1 N/A
77 SCIREQ Scientific Respiratory Equipment Inc., Canada 0.17 2 N/A
78 Genome Canada, Canada 0.44 0.16 14 -67.1%
79 Royal Saskatchewan Museum (RSM), Canada 0.04 0.14 1 215.0%
79 Repare Therapeutics, Canada 0.14 1 N/A
80 Héma-Québec, Canada 0.20 0.14 7 -34.9%
80 Cégep de Lévis-Lauzon (CLL), Canada 0.28 0.14 7 -53.6%
81 PotashCorp, Canada 0.06 0.14 3 132.5%
82 École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS), Canada 0.03 0.14 2 268.0%
83 Pacylex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Canada 0.14 1 N/A
84 VaxAlta Inc., Canada 0.13 1 N/A
85 University of Regina, Canada 1.18 0.13 1 -90.2%
86 Bioinfo, Canada 0.03 0.12 2 271.0%
87 Nova Scotia Department of Energy, Canada 0.12 1 N/A
88 Structura Biotechnology Inc., Canada 0.11 1 N/A
88 Appili Therapeutics, Canada 0.11 1 N/A
89 Yukon Department of Tourism and Culture, Canada 0.11 3 N/A
90 Mount Royal University, Canada 0.11 2 N/A
91 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Canada 0.39 0.10 12 -75.0%
91 Génome Québec, Canada 0.39 0.10 12 -75.0%
92 Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Canada 0.42 0.10 1 -78.0%
92 Vancouver Island University (VIU), Canada 0.10 1 N/A
92 Outer Shores Expeditions, Canada 0.10 1 N/A
93 Maple Leaf Medical Clinic, Canada 0.09 1 N/A
94 Royal Alberta Museum, Canada 0.02 0.09 2 373.8%
95 Birds Canada, Canada 0.04 0.08 1 114.4%
95 Mount Allison University, Canada 0.20 0.08 1 -61.7%
96 University of Quebec, Canada 0.11 0.08 1 -34.7%
97 Chlorion Pharma, Inc., Canada 0.08 1 N/A
98 Pancreas Centre BC, Canada 0.07 1 N/A
99 Innova Montreal, Inc., Canada 0.07 1 N/A
100 Developmental Origins of Chronic Diseases in Children Network (DEVOTION), Canada 0.07 0.07 1 -14.3%

Footnote

Each year, the Nature Index publishes tables based on counts of high-quality research outputs in the previous calendar year. Users please note:

  1. The data behind the tables are based on a relatively small proportion of total research papers, they cover the natural sciences only and outputs are non-normalized (that is, they don’t reflect the size of the country or institution, or its overall research output).
  2. The Nature Index is one indicator of institutional research performance. The metrics of Count and Share used to order Nature Index listings are based on an institution’s or country’s publication output in 82 natural-science journals, selected on reputation by an independent panel of leading scientists in their fields.
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The Nature Index database undergoes regular updating, corrections, adjustment of institutional hierarchies, and removal of retracted papers and thus the live website can differ from the frozen annual tables.

*The change in adjusted Share accounts for the small annual variation in the total number of articles in Nature Index journals. Share values have been adjusted to 2020 levels to calculate the percentage change. For more information on the adjustment, please see the Adjusted metric explainer.