Dr. Brian Hutton
Dr. Brian Hutton
Associate Professor
Senior Scientist, Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Adjunct Scientist, Royal Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research

PhD, MSc, BSc

Center for Practice Changing Research Building (connected to the General), Office L1253
613-737-8899 ext. 73842


Dr. Hutton is a Senior Scientist with the OHRI's Clinical Epidemiology Program, Director of the Knowledge Synthesis Unit, an Associate Professor within the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Medicine, School of Epidemiology and Public Health and Adjunct Scientist with the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. His primary research interests currently lie in the realm of network meta-analysis, systematic reviews and other forms of evidence synthesis. He is a leader in the OHRI's CIHR-funded knowledge synthesis group which conducts network meta-analysis research projects and other forms of knowledge synthesis for the Drug Safety and Effectiveness Network, with current and past topics including treatments for latent tuberculosis, the influence of industry relationships on prescribing, and the incidence of preventable adverse drug reactions. Dr. Hutton was awarded a 5-year CIHR New Investigator Award and led the development of the extension of the PRISMA statement for reporting of network meta-analyses. Dr. Hutton also contributes time to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre in the role of methodologist. His past and current research includes works in the realms of oncology, mental health, addiction medicine, transfusion medicine, infectious diseases, and several other clinical fields. Most recently Dr. Hutton has undertaken research related to the evaluation of interventions for opioid use disorder, the health effects of cannabis consumption and artificial intelligence applications in knowledge synthesis.

Research interests

  • Systematic Reviews
  • Meta-Analysis
  • Network meta-analysis
  • Knowledge synthesis methods
  • Mental health and addiction medicine