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    Top 40 Research Hospital 2016  

  


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Our Research

HSNRI’s research priorities have been strategically selected and identified and are based on the strengths of our team members, the health priorities of our region, and the needs and focus of our affiliated hospital, Health Sciences North.

Indigenous Health

Northeastern Ontario has a population of approximately 60,000 First Nations people with health outcomes that are worse than the same population throughout Ontario as a whole, in the areas of cancer, lifelong vitality and infectious disease. A driving force for HSNRI will be promoting the health of Northerners and preventing disease. This includes looking at and acting upon health factors affecting our Northern and Indigenous populations.Our region is geographically and demographically unique with numerous rural and remote communities. Northerners and Indigenous peoples face unique health challenges given the vast expanse of the region and issues with access to health care services and providers. As a result, people in this region have poorer health status and face unique challenges due to culture and geography. HSNRI promotes and supports health equity and economic prosperity in Northern Ontario through high quality and focused research translated to patient health and health care practices for improved population health for all Northerners. HSNRI’s commitment to population health is to improve the quality of care and promote better health outcomes and community-based partnerships to support healthy communities. Our Northern population health research focuses on the specialized needs of populations such as Indigenous peoples; those with chronic health conditions; and, those in rural and remote areas.

Healthy Aging

Research Chair in Healthy Aging

The Health Sciences North Volunteer Association Chair in Healthy Aging leads this important area of research, which is designed to promote healthy aging and vitality across the lifespan. The priority also focuses on the discovery of therapies and solutions for multiple conditions associated with aging. This focus on healthy aging will move toward a lifespan approach and intersect with HSN’s significant commitment to healthcare redesign to address the challenges of Mental Health and Addictions. This area of research works closely with the Infection & Immunity, Cancer Solutions, and Personalized Medicine programs to help improve the quality of life of Northern Ontarians and to other jurisdictions. It also intersects with the priority in Northern and Indigenous Health to promote healthy aging across the lifespan. HSNRI`s Healthy Aging priority is closely modeled on the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Aging’s goal to improve the quality of life and health of older Canadians by understanding and addressing or preventing the consequences of a wide range of factors associated with aging. This research priority is supported by funding from CIHR, Northern Ontario Academic Medical Association, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, and the National Institutes of Health.

Cancer Solutions

Northeastern Ontario has significantly higher rates of cancer incidents and mortality than the rest of Ontario. Recognizing this is a health priority for the region, HSNRI recognizes a need for studying cancer, supporting cancer patients, promoting cancer research and providing personalized treatment solutions.

Tumour Biology

The Tumour Biology Research Program at HSNRI was founded in 1996 as part of the Northeastern Cancer Centre at HSN. The program comprises a critical mass of researchers in molecular and cellular biology who are working towards the translation of basic research into clinical practice. The research fits within the framework of the Northeast Regional Cancer Plan 2011-2015 (based upon the Ontario Cancer Plan 2011-2015), which focuses on advancing the quality of all cancer services for patients in Northeastern Ontario through integration, partnerships and innovation. Improved cancer services will benefit the patient at every step throughout the cancer journey - prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment and recovery/palliative care. This area of research works closely with researchers in the other three pillars including immunotherapies, personalized medicine, and lifelong vitality for innovations that move from a focus on cancer care, to those ranging from cancer risk related to exposures in Northern Ontario through to the delivery of culturally inclusive care.