On October 25th, the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO) held its 3rd Healthier, Wealthier, Smarter Health Research Showcase at Queen’s Park to demonstrate and celebrate the breadth and depth of health research underway across Ontario’s 23 research hospitals.
“Today’s slogan is that health research makes Ontario healthier, wealthier and smarter. I believe that’s true, but I would add that health research also gives us the opportunity to be better,” said Bill Bishop, who spoke at our showcase about his experience participating in a metabolic syndrome research study with Dr. Amer Johri at Kingston Health Science Centre. Read more about that research in a previous blog post.
“Investing and participating in health research is not an opportunity to give back, but an opportunity to give forward, to future generations,” Bill continued. “It often happens that, while doing the research on one specific thing, new and different things are discovered. By investing and participating in research, we are better citizens.”
An inspiring morning, our showcase welcomed nearly 30 Ministers, MPPs, Government Officials and Queen’s Park staff into a room full of science and innovation to meet the amazing researchers who make it happen.
“It really takes a special kind of person to do research,” said CAHO Chair, Kevin Smith. “Today we celebrate not only the product, but the people. In partnership with our University and College partners, research-intensive hospitals are here to help scientists drive research that really matters to the people of Ontario, Canada and the world.”
Dr. Martin Osmond, Vice President of Research at Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), tests out Botley’s Bootle Blast, a mixed reality rehabilitation therapy game developed by researchers at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.
Our showcase was a meeting of the minds – literally! Researchers at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre are using focused ultrasound technology to open the blood-brain barrier in people with Alzheimer’s disease to get therapies safely and directly into the brain.
Can we generate a kidney for human transplant by replacing cells in a pig’s kidney with a patient’s own cells? Dr. Ian Rogers and Tonya Bongolan from Sinai Health System share their research with Minister Reza Moridi.
Part of the celebration also included remarks from Minister of Research, Science and Innovation, Reza Moridi, who has been a strong champion of health research in Ontario. Minister Moridi described how some cancer diagnoses that would likely have been fatal 25 years ago are treatable today and, in some cases, are even curable thanks to discovery and the dedication of researchers. This is the real impact that health research has on the daily lives of people in this province.
The showcase was buzzing with over 100 representatives from CAHO member hospitals in the room, and over 230 voices engaging on our #onHWS hashtag, which trended at number one in Canada throughout the morning.
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Read more blog posts on our Healthier, Wealthier, Smarter site and share your insights on Twitter with the hashtag, #onHWS. To learn more about how health research makes Ontario healthier, wealthier, and smarter, check out our website and our other blog posts and videos.
*Feature Photo: Drs. Gianluigi Bisleri and Ben Glover form Kingston Health Sciences Centre showcase their innovative 3D cardiac ablation procedure – a Canadian first.