New clinical research centre targets lifelong diseases
More than 50 per cent of Canadians live with a chronic disease, and Southwestern Ontario has some of the highest rates in the province.
Left to right: Dr. Gillian Kernaghan, President and CEO, St. Joseph’s Health Care London, Dr. David Hill, Medical Director, Lawson Health Research Institute, Michelle Campbell, President and CEO, St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation and Sue Allan, a patient, research participant and donor.
The Clinical Research and Chronic Disease Centre, a first of its kind in the region, is a new research specific space at St. Joseph’s Hospital that brings together researchers from a variety of fields that focus on the management of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, breast and prostate cancer research.
On March 1, Lawson Health Research Institute and St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation celebrated the official opening of the new centre that will be tackling some of the most pressing health issues in the region.
Dr. Frank Prato, Imaging Program Leader and Assistant Scientific Director at Lawson and Chief Medical Physicist at St. Joseph's Hospital, poinrts to an atomic cookie served at the grand opening of the CRCDC.
The event, which included an open house in the morning and ribbon cutting and celebration later that day, marks years of hard work from dedicated clinical and research staff to the generosity of donors. Donor support fully funded the 6,000 sq. ft. space contributing more than $2 million to the project.
Sue Allan, a donor, patient and research participant was on hand to share her story and thank fellow donors who helped make the new centre of excellence a reality – supporting innovative care that’s helping people like her recover from a heart attack. Read Sue's story here.