From the Lab to the Real World

The Case for Evidence-Based Policy: Looking at the Impact of the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network

In 2008, researchers Tara Gomes and Dr. Muhammad Mamdani from St. Michael’s Hospital and Dr. David Juurlink from Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre collaborated with researchers from across Ontario, establishing a research network that could rapidly respond to the policy needs of the Ontario Public Drug Programs. With support from the Health System Research Fund, the […]... Read more >

Advancing Senior Friendly Hospital Care in Ontario

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 >

Using Research Evidence to Improve Community Mental Health and Addiction Services in Ontario: our best kept secret

Health system research is a vital component to ensuring effective, sustainable healthcare for Ontarians. With a deep understanding of mental health care in Ontario, and a commitment to improving its delivery and efficacy, Steve Lurie, the Executive Director of the Toronto branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association, highlights the value of investing in health […]... Read more >

Twins Study Findings Reduce Health Risks and Costs

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 >

Improving Pneumonia Treatment for Children Could Save System $15,000 Annually

Dr. Jeffrey Pernica and colleagues at Hamilton Health Sciences, in collaboration with Dr. Robert Slinger at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), developed a novel molecular technique that identifies the bacterial cause of complicated pneumonia, increasing treatment efficiency and potentially saving Ontario over $15,000 in annual drug costs. ... Read more >

The Importance of Clinical Trials: A Conversation with Patient Gretta Hutton

In the spring of 2014, Gretta Hutton received a call from a physician while in a Home Depot parking lot. She was diagnosed with Mantle Cell Lymphoma and given 2 – 5 years to live. After weeks of feeling hopeless, both her sister and a friend told Gretta about a clinical trial at Hamilton Health […]... Read more >

Ontario Continues Growing as a Global Leader in Cancer Research

An estimated 188,000 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer this year and as our population ages that number is expected to increase. Mount Sinai Hospital has attracted top international cancer researcher Dr. Daniel Schramek to fulfill the role of Kierans/Janigan Cancer Research Scientist at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, part of the Sinai Health System.... Read more >

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

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 >

Innovative Technology by MolecuLight Inc. Poised to Revolutionize Chronic Wound Care

Ontario healthcare innovator, MolecuLight Inc., is developing a hand-held optical imaging technology designed to visualize bacteria in real-time at the point-of-care. Founded by Dr. Ralph DaCosta, Scientist at The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and Techna Institutute in partnership with University Health Network, MolecuLight’s device is revolutionizing wound care and strengthening Ontario’s role as a global […]... Read more >

Together, We’re Driving a Health Research Agenda for Patients, People and Prosperity

On Monday, June 1st at MaRS Discovery District, the Council of Academic Hospitals was pleased to launch A Health Research Agenda for Patients, People and Prosperity and the Healthier, Wealthier, Smarter campaign. With over 300 delegates participating in person and online at #onHWS, we were thrilled by the momentum that was generated and is continuing […]... Read more >
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