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December’s Research & Innovation Honour Roll at…

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December’s Research & Innovation Honour Roll at…

Every month, staff, researchers, physicians, learners and teams across Unity Health Toronto celebrate important honours, achievements and awards. Congratulations to those who have been recognized this month!

Dr. Rick Glazier

Dr. Rick Glazier, a family physician at St. Michael’s and a scientist at the MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions, has been renewed for another term as Scientific Director with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Health Services and Policy Research. Congratulations! Learn more about Glazier’s work on the CIHR website. 

Dr. Ripudaman Minhas

Dr. Ripudaman Minhas was recognized by Children’s Healthcare Canada with the 2022 Leadership in Online Media Award. Minhas, a developmental pediatrician at St. Michael’s and scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, is the founder of Punjabi Kids Health and the recently launched Our Kids Health Network, a network of researchers and physicians who share pediatric evidence-based health information on social media to various cultural-linguistic groups. Congratulations!

Dr. Sharmistha Mishra and Dr. Darrell Tan

Researchers from the University of Toronto and Nigerian Institute of Medical Research have received $3 million from the federal government to launch an international project that will help inform the clinical and public health response to local and global epidemic of mpox (formerly known as monkeypox).

Dr. Darrell Tan, an infectious disease physician at St. Michael’s Hospital and scientist at MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions, will co-lead the initiative. Dr. Sharmistha Mishra, an infectious disease physician at St. Michael’s and scientist at MAP, will be one of the principal investigators alongside Tan and Canadian and Nigerian scientists. Congratulations to the team! Learn more on the University of Toronto website. 

The 7th annual Research Month Awards honoured outstanding individuals who show their commitment to Unity Health’s values.

Congratulations to the awardees:

  • Qinghong Dan, Research Technician in Critical Care, received the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science (KRCBS) Culture of Discovery Award for a staff member
  • Jesse Knight, PhD candidate at the MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions, received the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute (LKSKI) Excellence Award for a trainee
  • Jady Liang, PhD candidate at the KRCBS, received the KRCBS Excellence Award for a trainee
  • Dr. Jonathon Maguire, Scientist at the MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions, received the LKSKI Legacy Award for a scientist
  • Dr. Asad Naveed, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Trauma Research, received the LKSKI Excellence Award for a post-doctoral fellow
  • Dr. Pamela Plant, Genomics Specialist and Adjunct Scientist at the KRCBS, received the KRCBS Culture of Discovery Award for a staff member
  • Jordan Sam, Data Science Specialist in Genomics Health Services and Policy Research, received the LKSKI Culture of Discovery Award for a staff member
  • Samar Saneinejad, Senior Director of Strategy and Commercialization, received the LKSKI Culture of Discovery Award for a staff member
  • Dr. Katalin Szaszi, Scientist at the KRCBS, received the KRCBS Legacy Award for a scientist
  • Changsen Wang, Research Technician in Critical Care, received the KRCBS Culture of Discovery Award for a staff member

Learn more about the recipients in this Unity Health news story. 

The St. Michael’s Hospital’s Stroke Emergency Department (ED) Working Group won the Toronto Stroke Networks’ Standards of Care Quality Improvement Award.

This award recognizes the amazing work the Stroke ED Working Group led in improving our hyperacute care processes for ischemic stroke. The work, which was completed over a two-year period culminated in the launch of two major change initiatives:

  1. Stable stroke patients being sent direct to CT
  2. A brain saving medication now being administered as soon as the patient is eligible 

This work was made possible by a group of dedicated individuals from the ED and the stroke teams. This group coordinated participation from Medical Imaging, Registration, Information Technology (IT), the Simulation Centre, stroke and the entire ED. This was a phenomenal multidisciplinary interdepartmental team effort to create the best care experiences for patients.

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