Success Story

Advancing Senior Friendly Hospital Care in Ontario | May, 2016

Researchers at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and St. Michael’s Hospital have spearheaded a knowledge translation project to move evidence-based care into hospitals across Ontario, establishing lasting improvements for seniors care. With support from the Health System Research Fund, 87 hospitals are participating in the Senior Friendly Hospitals ACTION program. The program is increasing capacity to […]... Read more >

Twins Study Findings Reduce Health Risks and Costs | January, 2016

Researchers at Sunnybrook find no advantage to having a cesarean section over a vaginal birth in terms of mitigating risks for twin births. With an estimated 5,700 twins born in Ontario each year, the recommendation for vaginal delivery could save the system between $3-8 million annually.... Read more >

Ottawa Decision Tool Detects 100% of Subarachnoid Hemorrhage (SAH) Cases, Could Save Province $25 Million | September, 2015

With headache as its predominant symptom, subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) can be dangerously challenging to diagnose, with a 50% fatality rate for misdiagnosis. A clinical decision tool developed at The Ottawa Hospital decreases that number to 0% by detecting 100% of SAH cases.... Read more >

New Prevention Strategy Improves Prescribing Behaviours and Could Lead to Reduction in Fractures for Elderly | May, 2015

Researchers at Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) have developed a strategy aimed at preventing falls and fractures for seniors residing in long-term care homes. It calls upon health care teams to improve vitamin D prescribing behaviours ‒ a big ask, but it could lead to a reduction in hip fractures. We all know the devastating effect […]... Read more >

Game-Changing Research Finds New Class of Stem Cells, Could Help Treat Diseases from Cancer to Diabetes | March, 2015

A global team led by Mount Sinai’s Dr. Andras Nagy has discovered a new class of stem cells that could help to treat a myriad of degenerative diseases. This four-year project will profoundly affect future research, world-wide, in stem cells, cancer, fetal development and regenerative medicine.... Read more >

New Decision Tool for COPD Better Identifies At-Risk Patients, Could Save System $115 Million | February, 2015

Researchers at The Ottawa Hospital have developed a new clinical decision tool to assist ED physicians in better identifying at-risk patients with COPD. An economic analysis has shown that this could save Ontario's health care system $115 million over three years.... Read more >

Research Drives New Policy on Blood Glucose Test Strips, Could Save System $100 Million | January, 2015

Research from St. Michael’s Hospital on the merits of costly blood glucose test strips has led to a new government policy to reduce their routine use in certain cases of Type 2 diabetes. This could save Ontario’s health care system almost $100 million over the next five years. ... Read more >

Researchers Find Important Cellular Clue that Could Lead to Preventive Treatments for Type 2 Diabetes | November, 2014

CHEO researchers discover a mechanism that keeps blood sugar levels low in people with pre-diabetes and obesity. This important finding could lead to treatments that prevent Type 2 diabetes – good for patients in an era where diabetes rates are spiking; good for the health care system as it could translate into massive savings. ... Read more >

Stem Cell Transplant Brings Promise of Remission for Those with Rare ‘Stiff Person Syndrome’ | October, 2014

Responding to a patient’s ardent request, the Medical Director of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute applied a stem cell treatment, used for autoimmune diseases, to a rare brain disease characterized by debilitating muscle stiffness and spasms. It has stopped the disease, and improved the patients’ quality of life beyond measure.... Read more >

Seminal Discovery of DNA Repair Process of Cells Made at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute | September, 2014

A vital discovery in our understanding of cell damage has been made at Mount Sinai’s Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute: a repair protein. This new knowledge will add insight as to what goes awry, on a cellular level, in diseases like cancer. ... Read more >