Nominate a Lakehead Leader

Do you know a Thunderwolf who has made extraordinary contributions to their community this year? If so, you might want to nominate them for a Lakehead Leader Award. Lakehead leaders and luminaries are engaged contributors both on-campus and within their communities, they recognize and celebrate diversity and inclusivity, and they strive to achieve academic excellence.

Information and the nomination form are available at lakeheadu.ca/leaderDeadline to submit your nomination is March 11.

Visit lakeheadu.ca/leader to nominate a deserving student today!

Lakehead University Orillia celebrates ‘Our Creative Mind’ during Research & Innovation Week 2020

February 25, 2020 – Orillia, Ont.

Lakehead University will showcase the best of student and faculty research during Research & Innovation Week 2020, March 9 to 11 at its Orillia campus.

The goal of Research & Innovation Week is to celebrate and raise awareness of the university’s world-class research expertise, and encourage collaboration among the research community, industry, government, and local partners.

Lakehead researchers are using this year’s theme, Our Creative Mind, to showcase the way they imagine, innovate, and discover through research to improve lives and better the world.

On Monday, March 9, Lakehead will host “Celebrating our Partnerships: Indigenous Community Research Panel” with a dynamic group of researchers and community partners who will speak on their community-based research projects in the fields of education, social work, science and anthropology. Facilitated by Denise Baxter, Vice-Provost of Aboriginal Initiatives at Lakehead, the panel will feature Lakehead professors including Dr. Ruth Beatty, Dr. Chris Murray and research partner Aaron Genereaux, Tribal Council Engineer for the Ogemawahj Tribal Council. This panel will be presented from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

On Monday night at 7:00 p.m. Lakehead presents “Sense, Nonsense, and Science” with the Director of McGill University’s Office for Science and Society, Dr. Joe Schwarcz.  In this highly visual and entertaining presentation, Dr. Schwarcz will examine some serious, as well as some frivolous, experiences in dealing with the public and emphasize the importance of fostering critical thinking. To register for this presentation, visit http://bit.ly/Joe-Schwarcz.

Lakehead Orillia Principal, Dr. Dean Jobin-Bevans will speak to what inspires creativity and innovation in the Office of the Principal in “Henry Aldrich: Oxford’s ‘Builder Dean’ and Polymath” on Tuesday, March 10 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Come and learn more about the life and times of one of the most celebrated creative minds of the English Restoration period, presented in the context of his original musical compositions. To register for this presentation, visit http://bit.ly/Aldrich-Project.

Tuesday, March 10 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., will feature “A Maker Movement: Research and the Future of Healthcare” with Carmine Stumpo, President and CEO of Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital. During the presentation, Stumpo will share his thoughts on research and innovation in the healthcare sector. He will focus on the key elements necessary to bring people together towards a shared purpose to challenge the status quo and create win-win opportunities with different ways of approaching common problems. To register for this presentation, visit http://bit.ly/Carmine-OSMH.

One highlight of the week will be the student research presentations, happening daily in the Orsi Family Learning Commons.

Events are free and open to the public. Registration is not required unless mentioned above. All events take place at the Orillia campus at 500 University Ave.

For a complete list of Research & Innovation Week activities and events, please visit www.lakeheadu.ca/ri.

 

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Media contact: Brandon Walker, Media, Communications and Marketing Associate, at 807-343-8372 or mediarelations@lakeheadu.ca.

 

 

Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university with approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and over 2,000 faculty and staff at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead has 10 faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Law, Natural Resources Management, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Science & Environmental Studies, and Social Sciences & Humanities. In 2019, Maclean’s 2020 University Rankings, once again, included Lakehead University among Canada’s Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities, while Research Infosource named Lakehead 'Research University of the Year' in its category for the fifth consecutive year. Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.



Be an Orientation Leader!

If you have what it takes to welcome our new Thunderwolves to the family, we want you to be an Orientation Leader!

(all it takes is a positive attitude, a caring spirit, and availability)

Visit lakeheadu.ca/leadership for more information and to sign up!

Volunteer Opportunity - NOSM CampMed

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NOSM CampMed is accepting applications from students currently in progress with their undergraduate degree for the volunteer positions of Team Lead and Camp and Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Lead.

NOSM CampMed is a week-long, hands-on medical and health sciences summer camp intended for high school students going into grade 10 and 11 in the fall of 2019. The camp is held on both of NOSM’s host University campuses in July 2020: at Laurentian University on July 6 - 10, 2020 and at Lakehead University on July 13 - 17, 2020.

For more information on this volunteer opportunity, please visit www.nosm.ca/campvolunteer

For more information on the camp itself, please visit www.nosm.ca/campmed

To apply as a volunteer, please complete and submit the Electronic Volunteer Application Form. The application form is available in English and French and can be found at www.nosm.ca/campvolunteer under Application Requirements.

The deadline to apply has been extended to Wednesday, March 11, 2020.

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Lakehead University researchers receiving more than $140k from CFI

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Dr. Maryam Ebrahimi and Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, celebrated this announcement in the CASES building at Lakehead University.

February 20, 2020 – Thunder Bay, Ont.

Two Lakehead researchers are receiving grants from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) valued at more than $140,000 in total.

Dr. Maryam Ebrahimi, a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Low-dimensional Nanomaterials, is receiving $125,000 to purchase a scanning tunneling microscope, which allows the imaging of molecules and their reactions at nanoscale resolution, for making low-dimensional nanomaterials. 

Dr. Ebrahimi’s research project, called On-surface design and synthesis of molecular-based 1D and 2D nanomaterials, lies at the border of chemistry and physics, focusing on the fundamentals of low-dimensional nanomaterials whose properties are determined by their size and structure.

“The unique properties of graphene, the only two-dimensional material in nature, have inspired scientists to explore multidisciplinary approaches to obtain emerging classes of low-dimensional nanomaterials,” Dr. Ebrahimi said.

“For example, 2D polymers for organic electronic devices used in displays, smartphones, sensors, and solar cells; porous nanopolymers for adsorbing greenhouse gases; biocompatible surfaces for nanomedicine applications, among others. All of which would contribute to the advancement of several technologies and industries in Canada,” she said.

Dr. Ebrahimi and her team will use this grant to acquire a state-of-the-art scanning tunneling microscope, which allows for the imaging of molecules and their reactions at nanoscale – with dimensions even smaller than one-billionth of a metre.

Recording the chemical reactions at such a high resolution will provide Dr. Ebrahimi and her team with the opportunity to design and fabricate nanoarchitectures, through a Molecular Lego Game, whose properties are unique to their ‘small’ nanosize dimensions.

Dr. Michel Bedard, Director of Lakehead’s Centre for Research on Safe Driving, received $15,707 to contribute to reducing traffic-related injuries by conducting basic and applied research on processes that support safe driving, and developing interventions that promote road safety.

Dr. Bedard and his team will put this grant toward the purchase of a new driving simulator, which will cost approximately $35,000 and will replace their current simulator that they purchased in 2004.

“Our research with the current simulator has demonstrated the validity of driving behaviour in a standardised, affordable, time-efficient, and safe manner, while maintaining a good level of correspondence with on-road driving,” Dr. Bedard said.

Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Lakehead’s Vice-President, Research and Innovation, thanked CFI for supporting this important research.

“We are extremely pleased to have received this contribution from the Ontario Government towards the funding of these two research infrastructure projects,” Dr. Dean said. “High quality research equipment allows Lakehead University's researchers to continue to be at the forefront of discovery and to train the highly skilled workforce needed for Ontario's future economy.”

Dr. Sonja Grover publishes new book

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Dr. Sonja Grover’s new book Judicial Activism and the Democratic Rule of Law: Selected Case Studies recently published by Springer discusses judicial activism on the left and the right; argues that judicial activism in respect of the protection of human rights and due process is an essential feature of the democratic rule of law as opposed to being ‘judicial overreach’, and discusses selected contemporary US Supreme Court, Canadian Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights cases illustrating that these courts have, at times, engaged in judicial activism in the service of providing equal protection of the law and due process to the powerless but have, on other occasions, employed legalistic but insupportable strategies to sidestep that obligation.

The book will be of interest to those with a deep concern regarding the factors that influence judicial decision-making and the judiciary's role through judgments in promoting and preserving the underpinnings of democracy. This includes legal researchers, the judiciary, practicing counsel, legal academics and law students as well as those in the area of democracy studies and the philosophy of law.


Lakehead’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law students win moot competition against other Ontario law schools

February 19, 2020 – Thunder Bay, Ont.

For the second year in a row, a team from Lakehead University’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law placed first at the Arnup Cup moot, a mock trial where the team argued a fictitious case. 

Justin Blanco and Justis Danto-Clancy won the Arnup Cup on February 8 in Toronto after successfully defending their fictional client, bar owner Carl Benoit, charged with causing an indignity to a body and first-degree murder. Benoit pleaded guilty to the first charge and not guilty to the second.

Police charged Benoit after a masquerade party at his bar on May 17, 2019. That is when a fight between patrons resulted in a large hole in the wall and then a dead body, wrapped in plastic, fell out. 

“It was the body of Carlos Lucca, a mob hitman,” Danto-Clancy said. 

The body had been hidden in the wall for 11 months. The Crown's theory was that Lucca was pursuing Benoit on behalf of a criminal organization for the repayment of a loan that Benoit had used to purchase the bar. 

“Our defence team had an alternative explanation,” Blanco said. 

“The accused maintained that it was the prosecution’s own witnesses who had murdered the hitman. They had dumped the body in his bar. (Benoit) had no confidence that he would be believed, so he hid the body in the wall,” he said. 

As it turned out, there was actually some substance to Benoit’s claim. The prosecution’s witnesses had been wiretapped by the police. 

“They were recorded saying some suspicious things that suggested they wanted to set the accused up to take the fall,” Blanco said. 

To complicate the case, the murder weapon had two sets of fingerprints – one belonged to the accused; the other belonged to one of the prosecution’s witnesses. 

“We argued that – at the very least – the Crown had not met their burden of proof and shown that Mr. Benoit was guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Our argument was relentless and focused,” Danto-Clancy said. 

Both Danto-Clancy and Blanco agreed that they would not have won without their Lakehead University legal training and the help of their coaches. 

“We're so proud to cement our reputation as formidable advocates who deserve attention on the national stage,” Danto-Clancy said. “I feel so proud of all my classmates and professors who set the high standards that we seek to meet everyday in law school.” 

The pair began preparing in mid-December, combing through witness statements, police and forensic reports, and other documents relating to the mock case. They read the materials over Christmas and met with their coaches in early January. 

“From then on, we conducted full-length practice trials one to two times a week,” Blanco said. “This year, we were lucky to have two teams: one for the defence, Justis and myself, and one for the prosecution, Tamaira Davidson and Ashlee Hudie, as well as an alternate, Kim Young.”

It made sense to have both teams compete against each other at their practices. 

“Doing so allowed us to expose one another to the weaknesses of our respective cases and refine them accordingly,” Blanco said. “That said, the practice trials were only half of the battle. In between practice sessions, Justis and I spent a great deal of time developing the content of our arguments and the strategies that would guide our witness examinations.”

Both teams also worked closely with coaches Marco Frangione and Amanda Gallo, who was part of the winning team from last year.

Blanco said it felt surreal when organizers announced that the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law team had won. 

“We came prepared, but it was shocking nonetheless to find out we had outranked all of the other great law schools in Ontario. It was truly an unforgettable experience,” he said. 

Gallo said she could not be prouder of both teams. 

“They worked incredibly hard over the past month, preparing for their trials and honing their skills,” she said. “Our students displayed exemplary passion, civility, teamwork, and of course skillful advocacy.

“It's both incredibly exciting and rewarding to watch the next generation of the legal profession develop and grow into such talented young advocates,” Gallo said. “We're very excited and honoured to be representing Ontario next month at the Sopinka Cup national trial advocacy competition in Ottawa.” 

Frangione agreed. “Both teams were phenomenal,” he said. “They made their communities and families very proud. It was a privilege to see them execute so well. I could not be prouder as a coach.”

“The Arnup is unusual among moot competitions as it requires trial advocacy skills, a perfect testing ground for practice readiness,” said Dean Jula Hughes. “The success of the Bora Laskin team for a second year shows off the strength of our Integrated Practice Curriculum.”

 

 

 

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Media: For more information or interviews, please contact Brandon Walker, Media, Communications and Marketing Associate, at (807) 343-8177 or mediarelations@lakeheadu.ca.

 

Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university with approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and over 2,000 faculty and staff at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead has 10 faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Law, Natural Resources Management, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Science & Environmental Studies, and Social Sciences & Humanities. In 2019, Maclean’s 2020 University Rankings, once again, included Lakehead University among Canada’s Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities, while Research Infosource named Lakehead 'Research University of the Year' in its category for the fifth consecutive year. Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

 

Justis Danto-Clancy, second from left, and Justin Blanco, third from left, were presented with the Arnup Cup by the Hon. Justice Clayton Conlan, left, and the Advocates’ Society’s President Scott Maidment.

Lakehead University opens new Career Zone

January 29, 2020 – Thunder Bay, Ont.

Lakehead University held a ribbon cutting to open the new Career Zone on Wednesday, Jan. 29.

Career Zone will offer a variety of supports and services such as resume review, interview and job searching skill development, and an alumni mentorship program.

Staff from the Career Zone office will also organize networking events such as the four annual career fairs, career exploration resources, and a variety of skill building workshops.

“The Career Zone showcases Lakehead University's commitment to career readiness for all students and alumni,” said Dr. Moira McPherson, Lakehead’s President and Vice-Chancellor.

“This will allow for the continued development of career services at Lakehead University as well as the expansion of employer relations, which will be beneficial for our students and graduates when they begin searching for a career,” Dr. McPherson added.

Located next to a study space on the lower level of the University Centre building, Career Zone’s multi-purpose office will offer supports and services provided by staff members and part-time students.

“This new space creates a more visible presence of career supports available for students,” said Sarah Lewis, Director of the Student Success Centre. “We believe this increased visibility will bring even more students to use our services and will help increase their chances of success when searching for a career.”

 

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Media: For more information or interviews, please contact Brandon Walker, Media, Communications and Marketing Associate, at (807) 343-8177 or mediarelations@lakeheadu.ca.

 

 

 

Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university with approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and over 2,000 faculty and staff at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead has 10 faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Law, Natural Resources Management, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Science & Environmental Studies, and Social Sciences & Humanities. In 2019, Maclean’s 2020 University Rankings, once again, included Lakehead University among Canada’s Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities, while Research Infosource named Lakehead 'Research University of the Year' in its category for the fifth consecutive year. Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

 

From left, Sarah Lewis, Director, Student Success Centre; Dr. Moira McPherson, President and Vice-Chancellor; Andrea Tarsitano, Vice-Provost (Students) and Registrar; Aimee Jaun, Associate Vice-Provost (Students); and Dr. David Barnett, Provost and Vice-President (Academic) participated in a ribbon cutting to open the new Career Zone at Lakehead University.

Dr. David Barnett named Lakehead University’s Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

Friday, January 10, 2020 – Thunder Bay, Ont.

Today, Lakehead President & Vice-Chancellor Dr. Moira McPherson announced that Dr. David Barnett has been named the University’s Provost & Vice-President (Academic). The role is the top academic position at Lakehead, with responsibilities as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Academic Officer for the University. Dr. Barnett will begin his new role effective immediately.

Dr. Barnett joined Lakehead in July 2012 as Dean of the University’s Faculty of Engineering, and has held the roles of Acting, and then Interim, Provost & Vice-President (Academic) since January 2018.

“Dr. Barnett’s work as our Dean of Engineering and in the Provost’s Office has been exemplary,” said Dr. McPherson. “He is a collaborative and personable scholar and professional whose commitment to our faculty and students is evident in everything he does.”

“It will be a pleasure continuing to work with David who brings an energy and philosophy of learning and the creation of new knowledge that advances Lakehead University’s vision for the future,” added Dr. McPherson. “Importantly, he shares our strategic commitment to Reconciliation, equity, diversity and inclusion, as well as Universities Canada’s Principles on Indigenous Education.”

Dr. Barnett explained that Lakehead University’s commitment to providing access and support to students facing barriers to higher education has always resonated with him, adding, “We provide a truly transformative experience through innovative teaching and research, through a comprehensive offering of outstanding programs, and with a clear focus on student success.”

“I have always been impressed by Lakehead’s dedicated staff, faculty and leadership,” said Dr. Barnett. “At every level, you see their commitment to our students and I am honoured to serve in the role of Provost & Vice-President (Academic).”

Dr. David Barnett

Dr. Barnett received his D.Sc. in Electrical Engineering with a certificate in Biomedical Engineering from Washington University, St. Louis, an MSc degree at the University of Washington and a BSc degree from Bradley University, both in Electrical Engineering. He is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, and a senior member of IEEE.

After completing his doctoral studies, Dr. Barnett was an Electrical Engineering faculty member and subsequently Chair of the Biomedical Engineering Department at Saint Louis University, where he led the development of an innovative and successful program. In addition to his research in biomedical signal processing and electrophysiology, Dr. Barnett worked on electromagnetic signature analysis while in the aerospace industry before embarking on an academic career.

Dr. Barnett moved to Thunder Bay to join Lakehead University as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering in July 2012. During his service as Dean, the Faculty of Engineering continued to build its nationally recognized transfer pathway from college technology programs while also increasing direct entry and international enrollments, developing new graduate programs, and expanding its research profile.

Since taking on the Acting and then Interim Provost & Vice-President (Academic) role, Dr. Barnett led the development and implementation of the University’s 2018-2024 Academic Plan through a consultative and transparent process. He has demonstrated experience and ongoing commitment to building programs, pathways, partnerships, and services that support student success.

 

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Media: For more information or interviews, please contact Brandon Walker, Media, Communications and Marketing Associate, at (807) 343-8177 or mediarelations@lakeheadu.ca.

 

 

Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university with approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and over 2,000 faculty and staff at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead has 10 faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Law, Natural Resources Management, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Science & Environmental Studies, and Social Sciences & Humanities. In 2019, Maclean’s 2020 University Rankings, once again, included Lakehead University among Canada’s Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities, while Research Infosource named Lakehead 'Research University of the Year' in its category for the fifth consecutive year. Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

Lakehead University researcher, Health Research Institute scientist receiving more than $448k from the Canadian Cancer Society

January 14, 2020 – Thunder Bay, Ont.

A Lakehead University researcher and Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute scientist was awarded $448,800 from the Canadian Cancer Society to continue research into a new method of diagnosing breast cancer that may detect lesions earlier than current methods.

This Innovation to Impact grant will allow Dr. Alla Reznik to spend three years developing Positron Emission Mammography (PEM), molecular imaging equipment that may alleviate some uncertainty from breast cancer detection. 

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“Although X-ray mammography remains the gold standard of breast cancer screening, there is increasing awareness of a large cohort of women for whom anatomical X-ray imaging has reduced sensitivity,” said Dr. Reznik, a professor in Physics at Lakehead University and scientist at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute.

“This includes women with dense breasts and women with known intermediate and high risk factors for breast cancer,” said Dr. Reznik, who is also the Canada Research Chair in the Physics of Molecular Imaging.

The first clinical prototype of the PEM system is assembled, its imaging performance has been characterized in a laboratory setting, and it is now at the University Health Network-Princess Margaret Cancer Centre for awaiting clinical trials.

“This project will add advanced capabilities to the current PEM prototype, using data from our pilot studies as a guide,” Dr. Reznik added. “The next-generation device will have a better dynamic range to allow for a wide array of clinical tasks – ranging from low-dose screening to high-dose treatment follow-up – and will be tested in multiple clinical centres in Canada and the United States to prepare data to support wide-spread deployment.”

Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Lakehead’s Vice-President, Research and Innovation and Board Chair of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute, said Dr. Reznik’s innovative research could someday improve the health outcomes for women around the world.

“Thank you to the Canadian Cancer Society for awarding Dr. Reznik with this Innovation to Impact grant. Grants such as these are extremely important so that fundamental research can lead to better health outcomes for women,” he said.

“Dr. Reznik is a key contributor to our health research program that is vital to advancing our academic mission and even more importantly, to improving the health of the population,” said Jean Bartkowiak, President and CEO of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and CEO of the Health Research Institute. “Health research, like that of Dr. Reznik, provides patients with the opportunity to participate in research activity that helps design the care of the future and to access equipment at the frontier of health technology development.”

Dr. Judy Bray, Vice-President, Research at the Canadian Cancer Society, said Dr. Reznik’s research could be very beneficial to women’s health and wellbeing. 

“With one in eight Canadian women expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, there is a need for more accurate and sensitive screening methods so that we can detect and treat the cancer earlier,” Dr. Bray said.

“That’s why we are proud to fund Dr. Reznik’s work in making breast mammography a more reliable screening tool for all women, including those with dense breasts and those at increased risk for breast cancer. We are grateful to our generous donors who enable us to support innovative researchers like Dr. Reznik and help create a world where no Canadian fears cancer.”

 

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Media contacts:

Brandon Walker

Media, Communications and Marketing Associate

Lakehead University

Tel: (807) 343-8177
Email: mediarelations@lakeheadu.ca

 

Marcello Bernardo

Communications Officer
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre

Tel: (807) 684-6765

Email: bernarma@tbh.net

 

Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university with approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and over 2,000 faculty and staff at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead has 10 faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Law, Natural Resources Management, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Science & Environmental Studies, and Social Sciences & Humanities. In 2019, Maclean’s 2020 University Rankings, once again, included Lakehead University among Canada’s Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities, while Research Infosource named Lakehead 'Research University of the Year' in its category for the fifth consecutive year. Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

 

 

Healthy Together

Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute is the research arm of Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, a 375-bed acute care facility, is a national leader in Patient and Family Centred Care. As the tertiary care provider in Northwestern Ontario, we provide comprehensive services to a population of over 250,000 residents in a region the size of France. Effectively addressing the health care needs of patients and families has earned us both Innovation Awards and Leading Practice Designations. As an academic health sciences centre, we teach the next generation of health care providers and advance medical research. Patients benefit from interprofessional teams of dedicated health care providers and access to leading-edge medical equipment and clinical trials.

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