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Tuesday, May 9, 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.
The Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Toronto Robotics Institute partner to develop a new treatment option for glioblastoma
The average life expectancy after a diagnosis of glioblastoma is around 15 months. The lead researchers of this recently-published study are hoping to provide a more effective treatment option by using a mechanical nano-surgical approach that targets tumour cells. Read more about this here.

Indigenous Health Clinic at Women's College Hospital expands access to traditional medicines and ceremony for First Nations, Inuit and Métis patients
The Centre for Wise Practice in Indigenous Health at Women's College is expanding access by integrating the Indigenous Health Clinic into Epic, the hospital’s electronic medical record system. This means that First Nations, Inuit and Métis patients and community members can now be referred to see the Traditional Healer and Knowledge Keeper, just as they would any other practitioner at Women's College. Read more about this here.

University of Toronto receives $200-million grant to increase impact of scientific discovery in its Acceleration Consortium
This grant was received from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund, and is the largest federal research grant ever awarded to a Canadian University. The funding will support the Acceleration Consortium's work on "self-driving labs" that use artificial intelligence, robotics and advanced computing to significantly reduce the time and cost usually required to discover new materials and molecules. The Acceleration Consortium is composed of multiple academic, government and industry partners. Read more about this here.

New University of Toronto-led studies show that Ontario's health-care system doesn't meet the needs of people with disabilities who give birth
Two University of Toronto (U of T) studies looked at care for people with disabilities who gave birth in the last five years. One study focused on care during pregnancy, and the other looked at postpartum care. The common themes that emerged are that care needs were generally unmet, lack of coordination between health-care providers, ableism, lack of knowledge about disabilities and fear of discrimination. Read more about this here.

New app designed by Unity Health Toronto researchers offers support to people with gambling concerns
The free SPRinG app was developed by researchers at St. Michael's Hospital of Unity Health Toronto in partnership with community groups and people who have experienced problem gambling. For users, it is a self-management journaling and tracking tool that helps them understand their gambling patterns and urges. For researchers, it is a research tool that provides insight into the feasibility of addressing this problem with a digital solution. Read more about this here.

University Health Network's Employee Referral Program improves recruitment and retention 
In response to the health care human resources crisis in Canada, the University Health Network (UHN) implemented an Employee Referral Program which offers a cash incentive to UHN employees who refer people who then get hired and stay in roles that are difficult to fill. Over a year into the program's launch, and the numbers demonstrate high retention rates for those referred roles. Read more about this here.

Holland Bloorview receives additional funding for its paediatric chronic pain management program
Holland Bloorview's Get Up and Go (GUAG) persistent paediatric pain service works with paediatric patients who have challenging persistent pain cases. The newly announced additional funding will increase the program's quality of care and capacity to see more patients. Read more about this here.
Kyla Kumar is the new Vice President, Communications & Brand Strategy at the University Health Network
Kumar will be starting her new role on May 15. Kumar joins from the YMCA of Hamilton, Burlington, Brantford where she was the Vice President of Marketing & Communications, Information Technology & Government Relations, 

U of T appoints Christine Szustaczek as the Vice President of Communications
Szustaczek’s appointment, which takes effect May 15, 2023 for a five-year term, was recently approved by the university’s Governing Council following a comprehensive international search. Read more about this here.

Humber River Hospital appoints new Chief of Medicine and Chief of Paediatrics
Susan Tory has been appointed as the Chief of the Department of Medicine and Medical Director of the Medicine Program, and Sally Kenawy has been appointed the Chief of the Department of Paediatrics. Read more about this here.

Kristen Winter is the new Executive Vice President of Programs, People and Leadership at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Winter has been with Sunnybrook in 2018. Her new role oversees multiple departments including Communications, Human Resources, Occupational Health, Infection Prevention and Control, Social Accountability and Organizational Development, the Nursing Resource Teams, and others. 

Tracy Chisholm joins Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre as Interim Leader for the Strategic Communications team
Chisholm stepped into this role in April and will be the interim communications leader at Sunnybrook.

Ali Salahpour appointed as Chair and Graduate Chair of the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology at U of T
Salahpour began his five-year term on May 1, 2023.

Peter Kertes appointed as Chair of the Department of Opthalmology & Vision Services at U of T
Kertes will begin his five-year term on July 1, 2023.
Nursing Week Event - Navigating the Current Landscape for Nursing: Challenges and Opportunities
Date: May 11, 2023, 2.30 - 3.30 p.m. EST
This nursing week, TAHSN is hosting a panel discussion and Q&A on current challenges in our health-care system, current initiatives and proposed solutions. The panel is composed of nursing leaders Leigh Chapman, Chief Nursing Officer of Canada; Karima Velji, Chief of Nursing and Professional Practice and Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Health, Ontario; Judy Linton, Chief Nursing Executive and Executive Vice President, Clinical Institutes and Quality Programs, Ontario Health; and Linda Johnston, Dean and Professor, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, U of T. For more information on the event and to register, click here.

Jim Ruderman Lecture on Leadership and Innovation
Date: May 11, 2023, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. EST

This year’s Jim Ruderman Lecture at Women's College is on innovations in patient engagement and partnerships. It will be delivered by Antoine Boivin and Vincent Dumez, who co-lead the Centre of Excellence on Partnership with Patients and the Public at the Université de Montréal. The Jim Ruderman Lecture on Leadership and Innovation is held annually in his honour. For more information, click here.

Collaborating Across Borders: Hope and Trust in Health and Social Care
Date: May 15 - 18, 2023

The eighth Collaborating Across Borders (CAB VIII) conference will be held virtually. CAB VIII is hosted by U of T’s Centre for Advancing Collaborative Healthcare and Education (CACHE) in collaboration with the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative and the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative. CAB VIII continues the tradition of focusing on advances in interprofessional practice and education, research and innovation, and policy, systems and leadership with a newly added francophone stream. For more information, click here.

Health, Equity and Research Talks (HEaRT): Reporting Health Equity Implications of Observational Studies
Date: May 17, 2023, 10.30 a.m. EST

Unity Health Toronto and U of T are hosting the third distinguished lecture of Health, Equity, and Research Talks (HEaRT). This webinar will be focused on “Reporting Health Equity Implications of Observational Studies: Co-Producing Indigenous and Global Guidance in Canada." Vivian Welch, Editor-in-Chief and acting CEO of the Campbell Collaboration, will describe the approach to co-producing guidance on reporting health equity in observational studies. The presentation will be followed by a moderated discussion. For more information, click here.

2023 SickKids Research Integrity Symposium
Date: May 17, 2023, 12 - 1.30 p.m. EST

Tim Errington, the Senior Director of Research at the Center for Open Science will be discussing the barriers to replicating preclinical cancer biology research. The SickKids Research Integrity Office is holding this webinar talk which is open to everyone involved in research across TAHSN and the wider research community. For more information, click here.

Anti-Oppression in Healthcare & Sciences 2023
Date: May 20, 2023, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. EST

The annual Anti-Oppression in Health Care & Sciences Symposium, hosted by U of T's Temerty Faculty of Medicine, is being held in person for the first time. The goal of this event is to create a space for learners to discuss equity and justice issues within academic spaces. The event will be composed of guest speakers, workshops and connecting with student groups who are all committed to anti-oppression work in healthcare. This event is open to all U of T students, faculty, staff, and members of the TAHSN community. For more information, click here.

Coaching: From What's the Matter to What Matters
Date: May 25, 2023, 4 - 5 p.m. EST

The Centre for Faculty Development (CFD) is hosting this event featuring Haesun Moon, Communication Scientist and Educator. In this event, Moon will discuss the building blocks of transformative interactions in conversations and how they can be applied. The CFD is a partnership between Unity Health Toronto and U of T. For more information, click here.

From Bedside to Bench: Youth and Family Experiences as a Driver for Research in Acquired Brain Injury
Date: June 6, 2023, 12 - 1 p.m. EST

The Bloorview Research Institute (BRI), housed within Holland Bloorview, has launched a new monthly speaker series called BRI Research Rounds to spotlight how scientists are exploring new research and novel interventions for children and youth with developmental differences. For this event, Shannon Scratch, a Clinical Scientist and Clinical Neuropsychologist, will discuss acquired brain injuries. This event is open to all of TAHSN. For more information, click here.

Exploring Critical Pedagogy in Healthcare with Dr. Stella Ng
Date: June 7, 2023, 12 - 1 p.m. EST

Hosted by The Institute for Education Research (TIER), UHN, this event features Stella Ng who will discuss preparing healthcare professionals for the current complex social landscape in healthcare. She will also discuss the critical pedagogy approach which shifts the focus of these challenges beyond the self and towards questioning assumptions and societal power dynamics. This event is open to all of TAHSN. For more information, click here.

Building Communities through Inclusive Health
Date: October 13-14, 2023

This new conference is a partnership between U of T Scarborough and Scarborough Health Network. It is bringing together clinicians, scholars and community members to discuss how to bring health inequities experiences by many in the Scarborough community and nationwide. For more information, click here.
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