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Celebrate Clinical Research Week: Oct. 16 to 20

September 29, 2017


Elizabeth Fraser inspired a study that could help other mothers with her rare condition. Jacinthe Bisson learned she had a life-threatening heart condition thanks to clinical trial. Norbert Franke used a mobile tablet speech-language therapy in between appointments while recovering from a stroke.

These are just a few of the people who recently benefited from clinical research at TOH.

“Clinical research gives our patients access to new therapies and helps us answer important questions to improve care, both at TOH and around the world,” said Dr. Duncan Stewart, Executive Vice-President of Research at TOH.

This month, TOH will celebrate Clinical Research Week for the second time, with awards, training, a nursing and allied health research day and more.

“During Clinical Research Week, we will celebrate our achievements, share what we’ve learned and engage our staff and community,” said Dr. Stewart, who is also a professor of medicine at the University of Ottawa.

For details about events, check out: https://crtc.ohri.ca/

Midwife Elizabeth Fraser wanted to know how to re¬duce her risk of blood clots during pregnancy, and in¬spired a study that could help others with her rare condition. “I had a whole team of people that helped me get this baby into the world,” said Fraser. Read more here.

Doctors couldn’t explain why Jacinthe Bisson was having fainting spells, until a clinical study revealed she had a life-threatening heart condition. “This monitor – this research – saved my life. I’m convinced of it,” said Bisson. Read more here.

Norbert Franke was part of a pilot project that tested whether hospitalized stroke patients would use a mobile tablet for speech and language therapy in between appointments. “I had to prove to myself that I could live alone again,” said Franke. “I’m pretty close to being back to normal.” Read more here.

The Ottawa Hospital: Inspired by research. Driven by compassion


The Ottawa Hospital is one of Canada’s largest learning and research hospitals with over 1,100 beds, approximately 12,000 staff and an annual budget of over $1.2 billion. Our focus on research and learning helps us develop new and innovative ways to treat patients and improve care. As a multi-campus hospital, affiliated with the University of Ottawa, we deliver specialized care to the Eastern Ontario region, but our techniques and research discoveries are adopted around the world. We engage the community at all levels to support our vision for better patient care. See www.ohri.ca for more information about research at The Ottawa Hospital.

University of Ottawa: —A crossroads of cultures and ideas


The University of Ottawa is home to over 50,000 students, faculty and staff, who live, work and study in both French and English. Our campus is a crossroads of cultures and ideas, where bold minds come together to inspire game-changing ideas. We are one of Canada’s top 10 research universities—our professors and researchers explore new approaches to today’s challenges. One of a handful of Canadian universities ranked among the top 200 in the world, we attract exceptional thinkers and welcome diverse perspectives from across the globe. www.uottawa.ca

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Amelia Buchanan
Senior Communication Specialist
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Office: 613-798-5555 x 73687
Cell: 613-297-8315
ambuchanan@ohri.ca