Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and Faculty of Medicine support three translational research projects through Blueprint Excelerator

March 10, 2021

The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) and the Faculty of Medicine are providing up to $150,000 in in-kind support to help translate three laboratory research projects into clinical applications. The three projects will receive support from the Blueprint Translational Research Group’s Excelerator programwhich is designed to enable efficient clinical translation through rigorous methods and approaches 

One of the projects, led by Dr. Mark Freedman, focuses on developing a blood biomarker to measure the progression of multiple sclerosis.  

Another project, led by Dr. Guy Trudel, focuses on developing a more accurate and cost-effective approach for measuring the breakdown of red blood cells, using breath samples.  

The third project, led by Dr. Catherine Tsilfidis, focuses on developing a gene therapy approach to preserve vision in people with retinitis pigmentosa.  

The three projects were selected after a peer-reviewed competition.  

The Blueprint Translational Research Group was established at OHRI in 2016 by DrsDean Fergusson and Manoj Lalu in collaboration with Ottawa Methods Centre. In 2019, Blueprint partnered with uOttawa’s Faculty of Medicine to extend the Excelerator program to its faculty.  

OHRI is able to support resources such as the Ottawa Methods Centre and Blueprint thanks to generous donors to The Ottawa Hospital Foundation.  

Team members on all three projects: Mark Freedman, Ronald Booth, Vincent Tabard-Cossa, Rob Ben, Simon Thebault, Guy Trudel, Hakim Louati, Julie Shaw, Mark Campbell and Nibras Shahin, Catherine Tsilfidis, Brian Leonard, Stuart Coupland, Bernard Hurley, Michael Dollin. 

About The Ottawa Hospital 
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About the University of Ottawa
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