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Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022

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.
Baycrest is launching a new care delivery model for people living with dementia
The interprofessional team at Baycrest's new Pamela & Paul Austin Centre for Neurology and Behavioural Support is trained to assess, diagnose and care for patients experiencing cognitive decline, dementia and behavioural challenges, movement disorders and multiple sclerosis. A new focus for the Centre will be general neurology in the geriatric population which will include a wide range of neurological diseases associated with aging. Read more about it here.
Scarborough Health Network and Humber River Hospital strengthen affiliation relationship with the University of Toronto
A year into Scarborough Health Network (SHN) and Humber River Hospital joining TAHSN, the two hospital organizations have each worked with the University of Toronto (U of T) to achieve Associate Affiliation. These are significant achievements demonstrating commitment to TAHSN's academic mission.
Michael Garron Hospital opens new women's withdrawal management services
This service is the first of its kind in East Toronto, and will support women-identifying individuals who are 16 years and older and who are in an acute state of intoxication or withdrawal from alcohol and/or other substances. This space opened to clients on Aug. 25. Read more about it here.
Sunnybrook Research Institute researchers create MAOI Diet Recipe Book for patients
Patients who take a form of antidepressants known as Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs) risk a dangerous spike in blood pressure if they eat foods that are high in tyramine. However, MAOIs are the best option for some patients with treatment-resistant depression. To help maintain patients' health while taking MAOIs, a team of Sunnybrook researchers led by psychiatrist Dr. Ken Shulman created a research-based cook book. Read more about this here.
Research Commercialization team at Unity Health Toronto explains the path from invention to commercialization
When Unity Health Toronto's researchers and clinicians have innovative ideas, they connect with the Research Commercialization team. This team will then evaluate projects based on their commercial potential and help advance the inventors through the process to commercialization. Read more about this here.
Ontario's first cultural competency workshop for dietetics students created at St. Michael's Hospital
The workshop was created by Punya Ross, a dietitian with the St. Michael's Family Health Team of Unity Health Toronto. The workshop advises on healthy foods within the lens of preferences of certain ethnics groups. It also teaches dietetics students about cultural competency, the absence of which can perpetuate health inequities amongst marginalized and diverse communities. Read more about this here.
Timothy Chan is U of T's new Associate Vice-President and Vice-Provost, Strategic Initiatives
Starting his role on Sept. 1, Chan will lead the Institutional Strategic Initiatives (ISI) portfolio which was created to lead and facilitate interdisciplinary strategic research networks. This role reports dually to Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President & Provost and to Leah Cowen, Vice-President, Research and Innovation, and Strategic Initiatives. Read more about this here.
Fei-Fei Liu is the new Scientific Director of CIHR Institute of Cancer Research
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has appointed Liu as their new Scientific Director of the Institute of Cancer Research. Liu is a physician and researcher at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre of the University Health Network (UHN), and is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at U of T. Read more about this here.
Jan Seuntjens is the new Interim Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at U of T
Seuntjens takes over from Fei-Fei Liu who concluded her second term as chair on Aug. 31. Seuntjens is a Professor in the Departments of Radiational Oncology and Medical Biophysics in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine at U of T. He is also the Head of Medical Physics at UHN's Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
(Nearly) Everything You Learned About "Race" in Medical School is Wrong
Date: Sept. 29, 2022, 12 - 1.30 p.m. EST
Andrea T. Deyrup and Joseph L. Graves, Jr. will discuss how the concept of "race" is misused throughout medical education and practice. This event is part of the 'Ending the Practice of Race Correction in Health Care' speaker series held by the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at Unity Health Toronto in partnership with the Canada-US Coalition to End Race Correction in Health Care and Knowledge Translation at the MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions. More information can be found here.
Call for abstracts: Hope and trust in health and social care - virtual conference
Deadline for abstracts: Oct. 3, 2022
The Collaborating Across Borders VIII Conference, hosted by the Centre for Advancing Collaborative Healthcare & Education (CACHE), is taking place virtually from May 16 - 18, 2023. CACHE is seeking abstracts for posters, workshops or oral presentations from all healthcare workers and learners in TAHSN on the topics of interprofessional practice and education, research and innovation, health systems, policy and leadership. If you have questions, please contact More information can be found here.
Save the date: Shaping The Future of Care co-hosted by Scarborough Health Network and U of T Scarborough
Dates: November 25 - 26, 2022
This conference will cover information on the Scarborough Academy of Medicine and Integrated Health (SAMIH). All healthcare professionals, clinicians and leaders are invited to this conference to learn about SAMIH and provide insights. Registration is opening soon. More information can be found here.
Michael Garron Hospital releases its 2021/2022 Annual Report
See the full report here.
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