Heather in suit age 10ish
In the debut episode of UHN's new podcast series "Behind the Breakthrough," we hear that as a girl Dr. Heather Ross (above at about age 10) liked to bring home stray animals and nurse them back to health - the first indication she was destined for a career in healthcare. (Photos: Courtesy Heather Ross; UHN)

"Behind the Breakthrough" is a new and unique podcast featuring revelatory one-on-one conversations with the people responsible for groundbreaking medical discoveries at UHN.

Launching Tuesday, the UHN-produced series takes a 360-degree view of the life of a researcher. It delves into the motivations behind why they do what they do; the ah-ha moment that guided them to choose a career in healthcare; the perseverance needed to face the challenges and pressures of research; the resilience needed when they experience failure; and what keeps them going everyday, even in the face of doubts and long odds.

"As a team, we have the privilege of working with scientists and getting to know them and their work," says Gillian Howard, Vice President of UHN Public Affairs & Communications. "When the idea of a podcast came up, we thought that this was a way that many others could meet the people, hear about the work and understand that science and scientists are smart, committed and often inspirational."

"Behind the Breakthrough" debuts with Dr. Heather Ross, Division Head of Cardiology at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre. Each Tuesday until Dec. 17, another UHN researcher will be featured.

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October 8Heather RossHeart and AI
October 15Karen DavisPain
October 22Camilla Zimmermann
Palliative care
October 29Milos PopovicFunctional Electrical Stimulation
November 5Mathieu LupienSearching for the origins of cancer
November 12Jenny CamposFalls and driving and the elderly
November 19Michael LaflammeRepairing broken hearts with stem cells
November 26Valerie WallaceReversing blindness
December 3Kristen MusselmanStroke rehab and mobility
December 10Michael HoffmanSearching for predictors of cancer
December 17Don WeaverSearching for the cure to Alzheimer’s

The podcast series features UHN researchers unfiltered and uninterrupted. And, for Dr. Brad Wouters, UHN EVP of Science and Research, it's an opportunity to not only inspire, but to educate.

"Everyday, approximately 1,000 scientist leaders work towards creating A Healthier World through research and innovation," Dr. Wouters says. "That's why we're excited to launch this podcast – to not only share our groundbreaking research from the foundations of biology all the way to human health and efficiency of the healthcare system, but also to learn more about what drives these scientists to never stop pursuing questions related to today's greatest health issues."

To listen to the podcast, go to the Behind the Breakthrough webpage.

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