A Message From the Chair

On the Importance of Political and Legislative Champions

In less than two weeks, the Ontario Legislature will re-open. I’d like to take this opportunity to start a new dialogue with newly elected and returning members of the Legislature to underscore the importance of champions for health research in Ontario.... Read more >

Patient Tina Ceroni Tells the CAHO Catalyst How a Stem Cell Transplant Saved Her Life

Struck by a rare autoimmune disease characterized by life-threatening muscle stiffness and spasms, Toronto’s Tina Ceroni underwent a stem cell transplant at The Ottawa Hospital that chased the disease into remission. She tells her story to the CAHO Catalyst.... Read more >

Reflections on My First Year as CAHO Chair

This is a pivotal point in time: We are on the eve of the provincial general election and, as my first year as CAHO Chair folds into the remaining year, I’d like to reflect on the remarkable progress and achievements that we’ve realized this year, at the same time as reemphasize a call to action for a strengthened and sustainable health research enterprise. We’ve accomplished a great deal, but there’s more to do. ... Read more >

Dr. Wendy Levinson, Chair, Choosing Wisely Canada, Talks with the CAHO Catalyst

The Chair of Choosing Wisely Canada, Dr. Wendy Levinson, sits down with the CAHO Catalyst to discuss this new national initiative, launched on April 2 and designed to facilitate safe and effective decisions surrounding high-quality health care. She also tackles some common misperceptions.... Read more >

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

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 >

OHA’s Marcia Visser Talks Candidly with the Catalyst: How CAHO’s MOVE ON ARTIC Project Improved her Mother’s Quality of Life

OHA Board Chair Marcia Visser speaks with the Catalyst about a CAHO initiative that changed her life: The MOVE ON ARTIC Project helped her elderly mother transfer from a nursing home to assisted living—a striking reversal of the norm, a gold star for the project, and a personal success story. ... Read more >

Not Your Ordinary Inkjet: Researchers Develop Printers to Make Artificial Skin and Bone

Researchers at two CAHO hospitals use 3D printing to generate skin and bone replicates for severe burns and joint replacement, respectively. This new technology, still years away from large-scale use, could improve the patient’s quality of life, reduce lengths of stay and save health care dollars. ... Read more >

CAMH/UHN Study Finds Genetic Risk Factor for Parkinson’s

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 >

Dr. Joshua Tepper, HQO President and CEO, Speaks with the CAHO Catalyst

Dr. Joshua Tepper, President and CEO of Health Quality Ontario (HQO), chats with the CAHO Catalyst about his vision for HQO; how this independent organization will make its mark on the province; and partnerships in the tireless drive for quality.... Read more >

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

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 >