Healthier, Wealthier, Smarter Health Research Showcase

Healthier, Wealthier, Smarter Health Research Showcase

“Healthier, Wealthier, Smarter. These are important words…”

Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, Reza Moridi, addressed a room of over 90 people, including CEOs, Vice Presidents of Research, health researchers, post-doctoral students and trainees from across Ontario’s 24 Research Hospitals, as well as fellow MPPs and Government Officials at our Healthier, Wealthier, Smarter Health Research showcase at Queen’s Park on December 6, 2016.

“The reality is that the quality of our life has been increased quite dramatically as a result of research,” the Minister said, describing how made-in-Ontario health discoveries and innovations continue making our province healthier, wealthier, and smarter.

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Research Hospitals discover new cures and treatments for patients and families, they help to draw investment into the province (exemplified by the recent $225M investment by Bayer and Versant Ventures in a new stem cell research company) and attract, train and retain some of best scientific minds here at home and from around the world. In the words of Minister Moridi, this helps us “make Ontario the Healthier, Wealthier, Smarter global leader”.

Click for more on how Ontario Research Hospitals make our province Healthier, Wealthier, Smarter

To demonstrate the breadth, depth, and impact of the health research being conducted across Ontario’s Research Hospitals, we hosted a showcase featuring the latest research in a wide variety of areas, from mental health to rehabilitation therapy to regenerative medicine.

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Both the room and our #onHWS hashtag were buzzing with excitement about the research on display.

In the Room: Over 30 Ministers, Members of Provincial Parliament, and Government Officials had the opportunity to see incredible science up close and learn about the difference it’s making for patients and the economic well-being of the province.

On #onHWS: We were joined by over 230 voices and #onHWS trended at #3 in Canada! Thanks to all who tuned in.

“Investing in research means investing in progress and in families…”

As a mother of three, including two boys with Autism, Susan Cosgrove has a deep understanding of the value of health research. Susan joined us at the Showcase to share her lived experience and highlight the importance of health research for all Ontarians.

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Susan, also a family leader on the Research Family Engagement Committee at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, told those gathered at the showcase, “Today you will see at every table from every hospital, exactly how that translates into real-life, real-impact change for families.”

We’ve included just a few photographic highlights below. Want the full impact?

  • PHOTOS: Browse through photos from the Showcase

  • LIVE TWEET: Scroll through the #onHWS Live Tweet summary

  • RESEARCH: Read through a summary of all the research on display


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Stay tuned to #onHWS for more research and patient stories from across Ontario – and join the conversation! To learn more about why health research matters for Ontario and how you can support it, check out the rest of our website, including our other blog posts and videos.