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Current Partnerships

​​Since its inception, UHN programs and services have participated in international collaborations in order to transform health care delivery for patients, the community, and the world. UHN is deeply committed to innovation and discovery and ensures that education and research are integrated into all health care processes to provide current and future patients with the best possible health. Today, UHN has over 100 active international partnerships in a number of countries including China, India, Ethiopia, Italy, Kenya, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Belgium, Germany, and South Korea.

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Featured Partnerships

Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar

Princess Margaret/UHN is currently engaged in partnership with Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) National Center for Cancer Care and Research in Doha, Qatar. The objective of this partnership is to contribute to the HMC cancer program through coaching, mentoring, advising, assisting and educating health care practitioners to improve cancer care for Qataris and the substantial ex-patriot population in Qatar.

The partnership currently focuses on:

Ignite Infection and Prevention and Control

IGNITE's large and qualified team of infection control specialists has the capacity, flexibility, and background to meet the needs of a wide variety of international clients. Together, our team has advanced knowledge in areas including:

  • Health care-associated infections
  • Organizational and behavioural change
  • Hand hygiene
  • Medical device re-processing
  • Antibiotic stewardship
  • Infectious diseases
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Medical facility construction and design
  • Epidemiology and health policy, including global health


Kuwait Cancer Care Partnership

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre recently completed a 5-year engagement with the Kuwait Ministry of Health to improve cancer service delivery at the Kuwait Cancer Control Center (KCCC). The goal of this partnership was to improve patient access to cancer-related services in Kuwait and expand best practices. The project focused on areas such as radiation medicine, medical oncology, surgical oncology and laboratory medicine services to build the foundation for a comprehensive cancer system. The project also aimed to enhance nursing oncology competencies, provide comprehensive clinical training, and support development of core hospital services, including infection control, human resources, and information technology.


Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine (Shanghai, China)

UHN has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine (SJTUSM) to create and implement a Joint Centre for Translational Research. SJTUSM has a network of 12 hospitals that are ideally positioned to translate research discoveries to patient impact. The new centre will combine the efforts of research teams at both institutions to accelerate the rate of discovery and implementation of medical advances in several health areas of critical importance for the Chinese and Ontario populations, including diabetes, cancer and drug development.


Technion-UHN International Centre for Cardiovascular Innovation (Haifa, Israel)

UHN and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have established a new Centre aimed at developing new ways to treat heart disease. By combining the efforts of the leading scientists and clinicians of Technion and UHN, this partnership, which includes UHN's McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine and the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, will develop new cardiovascular devices and regenerative medicine therapies and innovations that will benefit not only Canadians and Israel but all patients suffering from cardiovascular disease across the globe. Moreover, the new Centre will support the training of the next generation of scientists and clinicians who will specialize in the continually growing fields of stem cell and regenerative medicine research.


International Neurosurgery Outreach & Collaboration

The Krembil Institute is engaged in a number of international Neurosurgery outreach and collaboration initiatives including past projects in Indonesia, Ghana, Japan, Zambia, Ethiopia, Ukraine, and most recently Kenya. Working with local surgeons, UHN clinicians have lead knowledge translation, collaborative research, and the implementation of new equipment for surgical procedures. Teachings including surgical safety checklists and awake craniotomy for tumours have contributed to advancing professional practices and patient care at the local level.


Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)

The Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration (TAAAC) is the umbrella organization housing all of the new educational partnerships between the University of Toronto and Addis Ababa University (AAU) in Ethiopia. The purpose of TAAAC is to build and strengthen capacity and sustainability in medical specialties and other health and non-health professional programs at AAU. TAAAC works closely with AAU to understand the educational needs and objectives of each partnership and sends small, well organized groups to AAU to teach, co-teach, mentor and collaborate. The programs build on the work of each group of outgoing faculty, so that together the participants can accumulate and learn from collective experiences and expertise, while staying current with an ever progressing educational landscape at AAU. For more information on TAAAC, click here​.