Applauding our Leading Researchers and Their Accomplishments at The Ottawa Hospital Gala

November 21, 2015

Ottawa’s glitterati, including community and businesses leaders, joined local researchers in honouring their peers at The Ottawa Hospital Gala presented by Nordion. In particular, three researchers were feted for their groundbreaking work and innovative accomplishments.

“The work our researchers are doing is improving patient care and changing how medicine is being practiced,” said Dr. Duncan Stewart, Executive Vice-President, Research, The Ottawa Hospital and Professor of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. “Our community is the first to benefit from our research, but our results are adopted around the world.”

Dr. Marc Carrier will receive the Chrétien Researcher of the Year Award for leading a clinical trial, which will save countless patients with blood clots from unnecessary and potentially harmful tests.

Dr. David Moher will receive the Grimes Research Career Achievement Award for his pioneering work in combining the results of many different studies to solve medical controversies, and for creating guidelines to improve health research reporting.

Dr. Carolina Ilkow will receive the Worton Researcher in Training Award for her outstanding work in developing cancer-fighting viruses with Dr. John Bell, including a novel virus targeted against pancreatic cancer.

The Ottawa Hospital Gala also serves as a fundraising event for research right here in our community. Thanks to sponsors like Nordion and the many corporations who hosted tables for this evening of celebration, more than $410,000 was raised through this event.

“Nordion is a global health science organization that provides market-leading products used for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease,” said Scott McIntosh, President of Gamma Technologies and Corporate Services at Nordion, a long-time sponsor of the event. “We are well aware of the impact that innovation and research can have on doctors and their patients and we are proud to be a part of supporting and improving patient care in Ottawa.”

In the past year, the Ottawa community has donated more than $26 million in support of groundbreaking research at The Ottawa Hospital.

While the event acknowledged and highlighted the research winners, The Ottawa Hospital Foundation took a moment to unveil leaders who will work to inspire the community to support its Tender Loving Research Campaign during the course of the next two years.

The Right Honourable Jean Chrétien will serve as Honourary Chair; while Greg Kane, Queen’s Counsel at Dentons Canada LLP - who also happens to be the co-chair of the Gala and former chair of the Foundation’s Board of Directors – was appointed as Chair of the campaign.

Also on hand for the announcements was CBC news anchor Lucy van Oldenbarneveld who is the first Patient Ambassador for the Tender Loving Research Campaign which has a $50 million goal to fund made-in-Ottawa solutions for a healthier world.

About The Ottawa Hospital
The Ottawa Hospital is one of Canada’s largest learning and research hospitals, with more than 1,100 beds, approximately 12,000 staff members and an annual budget of about $1.2 billion.

Our focus on learning and research 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.

From the compassion of our people to the relentless pursuit of new discoveries, The Ottawa Hospital never stops seeking solutions to the most complex health-care challenges.

For more information, please contact:
Sara-Lynne Levine
Marketing and Media Relations Officer
The Ottawa Hospital Foundation
Tel: 613-798-5555, ext. 19816
Cell: 613-324-4466
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