Celebrating Science and Innovation across CAHO Hospitals

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.


Bill Bishop, metabolic syndrome research volunteer from Kingston Health Sciences Centre, shares his experience and thoughts on the value of research for Ontario.  

“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.


Minister Reza Moridi speaks to the audience at CAHO’s 3rd Healthier, Wealthier, Smarter Health Research Showcase 

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.

DOWNLOAD the summary of research on display.

SCROLL through our live tweet summary.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

 

Healthier, Wealthier, Smarter Health Research Showcase

Imagine a world…

  • Where a virus is used to cure cancer

  • Where stem cells are used to cure blindness

  • Where medicine is delivered directly into the brain  

These breakthroughs are already underway. Researchers across Ontario’s 24 research hospitals are making discoveries that will truly change and improve millions of lives. They’re driving the future of healthcare, improving patient outcomes and increasing system efficiency, all while cultivating our knowledge-based economy. Collectively, CAHO hospitals help make Ontario healthier, wealthier, and smarter.

A Live-Tweet Look at Some of Ontario’s Latest Health Research Discoveries

To demonstrate the breadth, depth, and impact of the health research being done across CAHO hospitals, we hosted a showcase at Queen’s Park on March 2, 2016. In the room and on social media, people were buzzing with excitement about the world-class health research on display. Some 20 Members of Provincial Parliament and many of their staff got an inside look at 25 research projects from across Ontario—and so did the #onHWS community on Twitter. Thanks to the 200+ people who joined the conversation during our live-tweet, #onHWS was trending at #4 in Canada!

We were honoured to have Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Research and Innovation, Daiene Vernile, speak about the value of Ontario’s health research enterprise. “Scientific advancement fuels our knowledge economy,” said Ms. Vernile. Our health research showcase demonstrated that fact first hand, and we’ve included just a few highlights here. Want the full impact? We captured the entire showcase on Storify, and encourage you to read through to get a glimpse of the incredible health research happening across Ontario.

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Stay tuned to #onHWS for more research and patient stories from across Ontario, and CAHO member hospitals. To learn more about why health research matters for Ontario and how you can support it, download the Healthier, Wealthier, Smarter Policy Platform and check out our other blog posts and videos.