Success Story

Location, Location, Location: CTO President and CEO, Susan Marlin, Talks with Catalyst about Making Ontario a Leading Destination for Clinical Trials | September, 2014

In two short years, Clinical Trials Ontario (CTO) has laid the foundations for this province to be a preferred location for global clinical trials. Susan Marlin, President and CEO, talks with the CAHO Catalyst about this process; how to attract investment; and what’s next for this purposeful and highly collaborative organization. ... Read more >

Alzheimer’s Risk Gene May Affect Brains as Early as Childhood, CAMH Research Suggests | May, 2014

People with a high-risk gene for Alzheimer's can begin to have brain changes as early as childhood, suggests new research from CAMH. This could lead to early intervention in the long run – although we’re not quite there yet, researchers emphasize – and lifestyle changes in the short run.... Read more >

Fewer Treatments, Better Outcomes: HSN Uses New Form of Radiation for Elderly Patients with Lung Cancer | May, 2014

Health Sciences North has found a quicker way of treating lung cancer – quicker because it’s six times stronger and more focused than traditional radiation therapy. This revolutionary form of therapy could mean better results with far fewer treatments for elderly patients with lung cancer.... Read more >

Double Whammy: Combining Two Cancer Therapies Kills Tumours More Effectively, Says New Research from CHEO | April, 2014

A team of researchers at the CHEO Research Institute discovers that integrating two cancer therapies, already at the clinical trial phase, can kill cancer cells that were previously unaffected by treatment. Benefits to patients include fewer side effects than traditional chemotherapy or radiation.... Read more >

Game-Changing Potential for Stem Cells to Restore Injured Spinal Cord; Two Canadian Doctors Cautiously Optimistic | March, 2014

Two Canadian doctors undertake a North American first by injecting stem cells into the spinal cords of patients who are paralyzed in hopes of reversing the damage. It’s a preliminary but important first step that puts Canada on the world research stage and has the potential to improve the quality of life for all those with spinal cord injuries.... Read more >

ARTIC Special Event | March, 2014

CAHO commended the successes of the Adopting Research to Improve Care (ARTIC) Program and looked to future collaborations with Health Quality Ontario—a partnership that was dubbed “a marriage made in heaven” by The Honourable Deb Matthews—at a special event held at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital on March 3, 2014. ... Read more >

Drug Derived from Toxic Venom May Prevent Blood Clots, According to New Research from St. Michael’s | February, 2014

Researchers at St. Michael’s are working on a clot-busting drug from an unlikely source—venom from one of the world’s most poisonous snakes—that could be used preemptively for strokes and heart attacks. Sidestepping these major medical events could save patients' lives and health care dollars.... Read more >

CAMH/UHN Study Finds Genetic Risk Factor for Parkinson’s | January, 2014

Scientists at CAMH and UHN discover connection between early-onset Parkinson's disease and a genetic condition. The findings may help guide the development of neuroprotective treatments that could possibly prevent Parkinson’s or delay its progression.... Read more >

How Do You Mend a Broken Heart? Pioneering Researchers Use Stem Cells to Repair Heart Muscle | November, 2013

Two senior researchers launch the world's first clinical trial using adult stem cells to fix damaged heart muscle, post heart attack. This novel approach could save lives and lead to improved quality of life for those who suffer heart attacks. ... Read more >

Researchers at SickKids Apply Whole Genome Sequencing to Autism, Find Genetic Risk in 50% of Cases | October, 2013

A research team at The Hospital for Sick Children has identified genetic risk variants in half of its study participants. As the first autism study to apply whole genome sequencing, it represents a major step forward that could pave the way for faster diagnoses and better facilitate personalized medicine. ... Read more >
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