Supporting the Advancement of Patient Care Through Research

Proceeds from Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation’s 2019 Gala will help support these diverse research projects.

Remote Monitoring to Enhance Surgical Recovery
Dr. Michael McGillion and Dr. P.J. Devereaux, Principal Investigators
Hamilton General Hospital

This project will determine whether a clinical team using a remote home monitoring system can reduce post-surgical complications and enable a more effective recovery for cardiac and vascular surgery patients.

Transitioning Cancer Survivors
Dr. Som Mukherjee and Dr. Jonathan Sussman, Principal Investigators
Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre

Evidence indicates that once cancer treatment is complete, certain adult patients will have better quality of life when their care is transitioned to family physicians. This research project will study more than 1,000 patients in detail to help develop models of community care for future patients.

Reducing the Lifetime Effects of Pediatric Cancer
Dr. Constantine Samaan, Principal Investigator
McMaster Children’s Hospital

The largest and most comprehensive study of its kind in Canada, this project will investigate why survivors of childhood brain tumours are at an increased risk of developing certain chronic diseases as they age. The goal is to identify early interventions to help avoid or reduce the likelihood of these diseases developing.

Preventing Frailty – a Digital Health Solution
Dr. Courtney Kennedy, Clinical Research Scientist
St. Peter’s Hospital

This project will further refine a digital health solution for the prevention and management of frailty at an early stage. This updated Fit-Frailty App will be a customizable, interactive tool that guides health care professionals in recommending interventions based on identified risks to improve patient outcomes.

The Next Generation of Research

In addition to the four identified research projects, Gala proceeds also support the New Investigator Fund (NIF) and The Early Career Awards (ECA). These projects provide researchers, early in their careers, with the financial support to enable the advancement of specific research initiatives under the mentorship of senior staff.

Each year, multiple researchers receive Foundation support. We are pleased to profile two of these researchers to represent this year’s award recipients:

Dr. Russell de Souza, Dietitian and Nutrition Epidemiology

Dr. de Souza’s NIF grant is enabling a pilot study to learn whether a culturally-tailored, personalized nutrition intervention can reduce the risk of developing diabetes and its associated complications for South Asian women during pregnancy.

Mark Duffett, Clinical Pharmacist

Dr. Duffett’s research focuses on reducing complications and improving the recovery of children from critical illness, including reducing hospital-acquired infections and gastrointestinal bleeding. The ECA award supports his work as principal investigator of the PIC-UP Pilot Trial examining stress ulcer prophylaxis in critically ill children.