A Message From the Chair

A Health Research Strategy Requires Collaboration

Chair, CAHO, Dr. Catherine Zahn This edition of the Catalyst marks my introduction as Chair of the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO). First of all, a big thank you to our outgoing Chair, Leslee Thompson. During her two-year tenure, Leslee set the tone for collaboration. During Leslee’s Chairmanship, CAHO established a foundational partnership […]... Read more >

Ontario Researchers Lead the World’s First Clinical Trial of a Double Virus Therapy for Cancer Patients

Patients across Ontario research hospitals are taking part in the world’s first clinical trial of a new cancer-fighting double virus therapy discovered jointly by scientists at CHEO, The Ottawa Hospital, and McMaster University. The enormous potential of this world-class discovery is emblematic of how health research contributes to a healthier, wealthier, smarter Ontario.... Read more >

Tapping into the Family Network: Engaging Clients and Families to Foster Research and Innovation

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital takes client- and family-centred care to the next level by partnering with clients and families to help drive innovation in research. The second floor at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is home to ScreenPlay, a high-tech interactive waiting area designed to improve care and reduce waiting room anxiety for children […]... Read more >

CAHO Applauds CTO’s New ‘Streamlined’ Approach for Multi-Centre Clinical Trials in Ontario

On March 4, 2015 I had the opportunity to support a major announcement in our sector: A new ‘streamlined’ approach for the ethical review and oversight of multi-centre clinical trials in Ontario was launched on this day by Clinical Trials Ontario (CTO).... Read more >

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

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 >

The Transitional Discharge Model: People-Centred, Peer-Supported Project Impactful for Both System and Clients

Lawson launched the TDM project, which builds a bridge from hospital to community for people diagnosed with a mental illness, in 2013. Less than two years later, its impact on the system is measurable ‒ a 9.8-day reduction in hospital stays ‒ while the impact on clients is immeasurable.... Read more >

The Great White North: Ontario’s North as a Burgeoning Economic Driver

Something major is happening in northern Ontario, and it’s changing the landscape of health research in Ontario. With investment, two CAHO hospitals ‒ HSN and TBRHSC ‒ are driving the northern economy, employing many in highly skilled jobs, attracting top research talent and showing a healthy return on provincial backing. ... Read more >

Ontario Has the Choice to Make Positive Decisions

The Ontario fall economic statement made it clear that the government is committed to balancing the budget by 2017-2018. The annual Auditor General’s Report (December 2014) highlighted the fiscal challenge before Ontario. No doubt the Ontario government will have some difficult choices in the coming months leading up to the 2015 Budget.... Read more >

Researchers Find Important Cellular Clue that Could Lead to Preventive Treatments for Type 2 Diabetes

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 >

Attention Ontario’s Health Sector: The ARTIC Program is Seeking Proposals

The ARTIC Program is seeking proposals with the objective of spreading research evidence that has been proven and tested in at least one site and is ready to be applied across multiple organizations and/or sectors within Ontario. I’d like to add my voice, to spread the word and encourage people in our community to submit proposals. ... Read more >