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Ontario Investing in Health Care Research

Province Supporting 19 Research Projects to End Hallway Health Care

Ministry of Health

TORONTO — Today, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, was at Unity Health Toronto - St. Michael's Hospital to announce nearly $6.85 million in new investments for 19 health research projects at four Toronto research hospitals. 

"Investing in health research projects that keep Ontarians healthy and out of hospitals is part of our plan to end hallway health care," said Elliott. "These investments will also help strengthen our economy by creating good, well-paying jobs. We want to make sure the people who are learning how to cure diseases, who are inventing new technologies and who are creating net new industries and jobs have the support, tools and facilities they need to do their work right here in Ontario."

As part of this announcement, the following research hospitals in Toronto will be receiving funding:

  • Close to $4.49 million for nine projects at the Hospital for Sick Children, including research on improving early diagnosis of rare diseases and pediatric cancers;
  • Close to $1.36 million for six projects at the University Health Network, including research on cancer, arthritis, preventing falls and improving the patient experience;
  • More than $720,000 for two projects at Sinai Health System, including infrastructure to study DNA for drug development and tools to study proteins and small molecules; and
  • $280,000 for two projects at St. Michael's Hospital, including research on personalized treatment for spine disorders and alternatives to leg amputation. 

Provincewide, Ontario is investing $41 million in 174 research projects that are helping newly appointed researchers build their teams, helping provide colleges and universities with up-to-date labs and equipment and supporting key projects in the field of genomics.

"Research leads to increased knowledge that can deliver advances in health care, make our businesses more competitive and lead to new products and services, companies and jobs," said Elliott. "The findings of these research projects will go a long way to improving how illnesses are diagnosed and the delivery and design of care for patients."

"The work of our researchers helps us innovate and improve the care Unity Health Toronto delivers to our patients," said Dr. Tim Rutledge, President and CEO of Unity Health Toronto.  "Thank you to the Government of Ontario for this funding. We are proud to share our research discoveries and best practices with the rest of the province, the country and the world."

Quick Facts

  • Research projects were selected for funding through a rigorous and competitive peer review process and are funded through three separate funding programs.
  • The Ontario Research Fund – Research Infrastructure program provides research institutions with funding to help support infrastructure needs, such as modern facilities and equipment.
  • The Early Researcher Awards program helps new researchers working at publicly funded Ontario research institutions build their research teams.
  • Through the Ontario Research Fund – Genomics programs, the government is investing in advancing our knowledge of genomics. Genomics, the study of the building blocks of life, promises many benefits, including speeding up the discovery of new drugs.

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