Princess Margaret helping to accelerate precision medicine for cancer patients

Last Friday, we welcomed a very special guest to UHN, Hon. Jane Philpott, Canada's Minister of Health. Minister Philpott was at Princess Margaret to honour World Cancer Day and participate in an exciting announcement. Princess Margaret Cancer Centre has partnered with the Terry Fox Research Institute and the BC Cancer Agency to launch a coordinated pan-Canadian cancer research platform that will accelerate precision medicine. You can learn more about this innovative pilot project here. Princess Margaret's world-leading comprehensive cancer care is helping us transform lives and communities across the country.

Terry Fox event

Black History Month

Each February we come together to celebrate the numerous contributions and achievements of African-Canadians. This year, we kicked off Black History Month with an incredible event put together by our Black History Month Committee. The committee has planned a number of events throughout the month, which you can see here. They have also put posters up throughout the hallways of UHN featuring prominent African-Canadians – I hope you take a moment to read the posters, attend an event and learn more about our rich history. Our commitment to learn about and celebrate diversity and inclusion here at UHN and across the country is one of our greatest strengths as Canadians.

Areas of Focus Update – Q3

With so much great work happening across UHN in our eight Areas of Focus, it's important that we continue to report back on our progress. Our Q3 results will be posted on this afternoon.

This quarter we have seen some fantastic achievements in all of our Areas of Focus. Some highlights include launching our new Purpose, Values & Principles (PVP), our first ever Caring Safely Month in October and the successful launch of the Coordinated Approval Process for Clinical Research (CAPCR) Version 2.0. You can find the reports under each Area of Focus by clicking the "Quarterly Progress" tab, or by clicking the "What's New" button at the top of each page. We encourage everyone to engage with our Areas of Focus – please share any feedback on the reports, or for the areas, by submitting a comment in the form at the bottom of the website.

IT Transformation Town Hall at Bickle Centre this week

Tomorrow, February 7th, Dr. Jaffray and I will be hosting an IT Transformation Town Hall at Toronto Rehab's Bickle Centre. Please join us from 12 – 1 p.m. in the Auditorium for an opportunity to learn more about UHN's IT Transformation journey and participate in a Q&A session. We will be concluding the town halls next Monday, February 13th at Toronto Rehab's Lyndhurst Centre from 12 – 1 p.m. in Lecture AB.


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