RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre
Photo (L-R): Barry Streib, Secretary/Chair, Governance, Board of Directors, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation; Clint Harris, Vice-Chair, Board of Directors, Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute; The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour and Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Superior North; Jean Bartkowiak, President and CEO, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre; CEO, Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute
Investment in Health Research is Making Thunder Bay Healthier, Wealthier and Smarter
Across the province, communities are moving towards knowledge-based economies, and Ontario’s research hospitals are helping them get there. This fact was recently illustrated in Northern Ontario, with an investment of $1.85 million from the Government of Canada to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute to advance research, innovation and discovery while creating jobs and diversifying the local economy.
“Our Government is committed to positioning Canada as a global centre for innovation,” said the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, and Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Superior North, who made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor. “We are confident this investment will lead to the health care solutions of tomorrow, while growing the local economy and creating meaningful middle-class employment here in Northern Ontario.”
Traditionally known as a resource-based economy, Thunder Bay and its surrounding community is seeing significant growth and diversification as a result of its health research sector.
This new funding is expected to result in the creation of 15 jobs at the Thunder Bay Health Research Institute, along with 10 indirect positions through related research projects within the Health Research Institute, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and/or Lakehead University.
It will also enable the purchase equipment and implement new technologies in the area of probe development and bio-marker exploration. Specifically, the new research equipment will be used in the discovery of new bio-markers and to evaluate the effectiveness of new treatment protocols utilizing isotopes produced at the Health Research Institute’s Cyclotron.
New jobs and new equipment will also open up new avenues of research that will improve care for the local community while driving the economy. The Health Research Institute is poised to:
- Enhance the conditions for new research while providing better care at a lower cost and improve diagnostic timelines and accuracy
- Establish formal partnerships with industry, manufacture and sell medical isotopes, and pursue opportunities for contract research and clinical trials
- Help to attract new medical talent to Ontario, improve training to next generation scientists, and make Thunder Bay an international demonstration site able to host visiting scientists and health care professionals from around the world.
Simply put, as the research arm of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, the Health Research Institute is poised to continue making its community, the province and Canada healthier, wealthier, and smarter.
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The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre is one of Ontario’s 24 research hospitals that contribute to a healthier, wealthier, smarter province. Look for other RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT posts on our Healthier, Wealthier, Smarter blog or join the conversation about why health research matters for Ontario on Twitter, using the hashtag #onHWS.