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Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2023

Every day, there are incredible achievements, events, and collaborations happening across TAHSN organizations. To submit content for consideration, please send by the 1st of every month to Please feel free to share TAHSNews internally within your organizations.
Unity Health Toronto launches initiative to install harm reduction dispensing machines across Canada
Led by researchers from St. Michael’s Hospital, this new initiative installs 'smart' machines that dispense free-self testing kits for HIV and COVID-19, as well as other essential harm reduction and sexual health supplies. The plan is to launch up to 50 machines across Canada in 2023, and 100 machines over the next three years. Read more about it here.

Michael Garron Hospital opens its new eight-storey patient care centre
The Ken and Marilyn Thomson Patient Care Centre (Thomson Centre) adds 550,000 square feet to the hospital, with 215 inpatient beds and two floors of new outpatient clinics. It is the largest redevelopment project in Michael Garron's history. Read more about this here.

World first: Sunnybrook and SickKids use MRI-guided focused ultrasound to deliver chemotherapy to paediatric brain tumours
The Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) clinical trial successfully delivered chemotherapy in Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a paediatric brain tumour, by using MRI-guided focused ultrasound to open the blood-brain barrier. Read more about this here.

First Nations community engagement by CAMH leads to development of evidence and community-informed wellness strategies
Led by researchers at CAMH's Institute for Mental Health Policy Research and Shkaabe Makwa, the First Nations Wellness Initiative (FNWI) is a collaborative model for developing community-driven, evidence-informed and community-based wellness strategies. The FNWI actively engaged with community members in two First Nations to understand and address the impacts of COVID-19. Read more about this here.

Canada's Top 40 Research Hospitals released for 2022
The 2022 list includes 10 TAHSN hospitals. This list is compiled annually by Research Infosource Inc. and has consistently had significant representation from TAHSN hospitals. See the list here

TAHSN's Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Community of Practice advances equity 
A broad group of practitioners from organizations across TAHSN are working on new solutions for quality improvement and patient safety (QIPS) through the new Advancing Equity through QIPS work stream of the TAHSN QIPS Community of Practice. The work stream is also hosting discussions about opportunities to improve equity in how QIPS is practiced throughout Toronto and beyond. Read more about this work here.

Holland Bloorview announces inaugural EMBARK scientist
Launched last fall, the EMBARK program (Empowering Black Academics, Research and Knowledge creators) is the first of its kind in Canada. It was created to provide opportunities for Black researchers to advance their childhood disability research beyond the post-doctoral level. Read more about this here.

University Health Network physician is helping create a standardized curriculum for Canada's MAID program
Madeline Li, a psychiatrist and clinician scientist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network (UHN), is supporting the development of a standardized curriculum to help health-care professionals navigate the medical assistance in dying (MAID) program. Li is one of three co-leads on the project. Read more about this here.

Sunnybrook-founded INOVAIT invests in the Canadian image-guided therapy sector through its Focus Fund
INOVAIT and the Government of Canada announced up to $22.7 million in contributions to the image-guided therapy sector. Established in 2020, INOVAIT is a pan-Canadian network that is hosted at Sunnybrook Research Institute and includes fellow TAHSN organizations Baycrest, UHN and the University of Toronto (U of T). Read more about this here.
Gillian Howard announces retirement from UHN
Howard, Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications at UHN for the past 21 years, has announced that she will be retiring on March 31, 2023.

Darina Landa is the inaugural Assistant Vice President of Advancement Relations with Health Care Institutions at U of T
Landa will continue to serve in the role of Executive Director, Advancement at U of T's Temerty Faculty of Medicine.

Amir Ginzburg is the new Executive Vice President of Quality, Risk and Practice at Trillium Health Partners
This role's objective will be on improving patient health outcomes by focusing on safety, clinical and operational excellence. 

Michael Young is retiring from role as Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Executive at Sunnybrook
Young's last day with Sunnybrook will be June 30, 2023.

David Kirsch joins UHN as Head of Radiation Medicine Program at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
The Radiation Medicine Program (RMP) is the largest in Canada and one of the largest in North America. Read more about Kirsch's new role with the RMP here

Antonio Pignatiello re-appointed as Associate Dean, Learner Affairs at U of T's Faculty of Medicine
Pignatiello is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at U of T.

Sinai Health re-appoints Physician-in-Chief, Psychiatrist-in-Chief and Ophthalmologist-in-Chief for a second term
Chaim Bell, Lesley Wiesenfeld and David Yan have each been re-appointed to their respective leadership roles. Read more about this here.
TAHSN-wide plan developed to advance excellence in occupational health and safety
This plan was developed by Occupational Health and Safety Leaders across TAHSN member hospitals. This three-year plan is overseen by the TAHSN Human Resources Community of Practice. Read the plan here.
Black Health Leaders Recognition Ceremony
Date: Feb. 16, 2023, 6 - 8 p.m. EST
The Dalla Lana School of Public Health is hosting this inaugural recognition ceremony to recognize outstanding Toronto-based Black leaders in the field of public health and health systems. One of the three recipients is Jacqueline Silvera, Director of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Anti-Racism at UHN. To register, click here.

Conference Series: Kovacs Neuropathology Lab's Clinicopathology Conference of the Movement Disorders and Cognitive Neurology Clinics
Date: March 3, 2023, 8 - 9 a.m. EST
This is the first event of a conference series that will consist of clinicopathological meetings where clinic case studies will be discussed. The series is being hosted by Gabor Kovacs of the Kovacs Neuropathology Lab. It is free and open to the scientific community across TAHSN, including researchers, clinicians, research staff, trainees and students. The Kovacs Neuropathology Lab is located at U of T's Tanz Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases and at UHN's Krembil Research Institute. To register, contact

Centre for Faculty Development offers number of programs
The Centre for Faculty Development (CFD) is a partnership between Unity Health Toronto and U of T. If you are interested in developing your knowledge and skills as a teacher, education leader, or education scholar, check out the CFD’s events page to register for its programs here. A few of the programs listed start accepting applications on March 1.

Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (CQuIPS) is now accepting program applications
CQuIPS is offering four programs: Certificate Course in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, The Excellence in Quality Improvement Certificate Program, VA Quality Scholars, and Healthcare Improvement Fellowship. CQuIPS is an extra-departmental unit of U of T's Temerty Faculty of Medicine, supported jointly by Sunnybrook, SickKids and Women’s College Hospital. If you have any questions, contact
The 2020-2022 Bloomberg Nursing Research Report, Celebrating Research Excellence, is now available
Read the digital version here.
In Case You Missed It
Baycrest and Sunnybrook researchers' dementia resource included in the World Health Organization's global dementia platform 
The Driving and Dementia Roadmap, developed by researchers at Baycrest, Sunnybrook and the Canadian Consortium of Neurodegeneration in Aging, has been included on the World Health Organization’s Global Dementia Observatory Knowledge Exchange Platform. This free first-of-its-kind online resource aims to empower older adults living with dementia to make informed decisions about when to stop driving. Read more about it here.

Jaideep Bains: Is My Stress Your Stress?
On Jan. 25, Bains, Director of UHN's Krembil Research Institute, gave a public talk on the latest findings of how stress impacts and rewires the brain, and whether stress is contagious. Watch the event recording here

International Day of Women and Girls in Science
On Feb. 10, the Krembil Research Institute at UHN hosted a virtual event in recognition of International Day of Women and Girls in Science. This public education event featured three women scientists in the area of brain, arthritis and vision research, and is meant to inspire middle school, high school and undergraduate students of all genders and affiliations to consider a career in science. Watch the event here
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