Can a pain management protocol improve recovery from knee replacement surgery? Will a specialized mental health program help women recover better from post-partum depression? Can time in a simulation lab help a health-care team better manage a crisis?
These are among the research projects that are being launched by physicians affiliated with Health Sciences North and the Advanced Medical Research Institute of Canada (AMRIC).
Thirteen research projects received $667,000 in funding from the Northern Ontario Academic Medicine Association, through its Clinical Innovation Opportunities Fund and Academic Health Sciences Centre Alternate Funding Plan.
“Northern physicians are committed to patient care, and the research being done at HSN and AMRIC demonstrates their commitment to increasing the understanding of northern health issues and improving direct patient care, “ said Dr. Rayudu Koka, co-chair of the NOAMA board of directors.
All projects will be carried out over the next two years.
“This funding reflects the great commitment of our physicians to providing the best possible care to their patients,” said Dr. Francisco Diaz-Mitoma, CEO and Scientific Director of AMRIC. “Medical research saves lives and this funding will have an impact on many families in northern Ontario. Congratulations again to all of our physicians who were successful in the grant competition.”
Other projects approved for funding include research into next generation DNA sequencing, the effectiveness of outpatient treatment for patients with chronic heart failure, seniors and influenza, developing guidelines for the replacement of inhalation equipment used by children with Cystic Fibrosis, the feasibility of a Northern Ontario orthopaedic cancer program, a study of methods to deal with depression in seniors, and an assessment of the patient information management system in HSN’s Emergency Department.
“I want to congratulate each researcher for receiving this funding,” said Dr. Denis Roy, president and CEO of HSN. “As an academic health sciences centre, we encourage our health-care professionals to pursue research. It leads to better patient care, and it helps us attract even more health-care expertise to our city. Research is key to our strategic direction and investments such as the one announced today helps us achieve success on our plans.”