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Air Date: October 27, 2020 | Length: 46:35
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Season Two of Behind the Breakthrough kicks off with a special COVID-19 edition featuring a provocative and wide-ranging interview with UHN Executive Vice President of Science and Research Dr. Brad Wouters. Dr. Wouters takes listeners on a revealing behind-the-scenes journey to learn how UHN Research dealt with the fallout of the world-wide pandemic declared in March 2020 due to the spread of COVID-19.
From the difficult decision to shut down ongoing research, to being on the brink of over 1,000 layoffs, Dr. Wouters gives an honest and compelling account of how his team weathered the crisis and is now ramping up research back to capacity. Dr. Wouters also details how UHN's talented research community quickly pivoted and dedicated their world-class expertise to fighting COVID-19 with now over 150 projects and trials underway. He also takes aim at the dangers of political interference in medical research and speaks to his concern over anti-vax influence when a vaccine for the virus is finally discovered.
Dr. Brad Wouters is an internationally recognized leader and cancer researcher. He became Executive Vice President of Science and Research at UHN in 2016 and prior to that served as the Interim Director of Research at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre since 2014. He joined UHN in 2008 as Senior Scientist and Director of the Princess Margaret Hypoxia Program, and has held faculty appointments at the University of Toronto in the Department of Medical Biophysics and the Department of Radiation Oncology since that time. Prior to joining UHN, Dr. Wouters was Professor and Head of Experimental Radiation Oncology at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. As EVP of Science and Research, Dr. Wouters is focused on creating an environment that incentivizes, facilitates, and rewards excellence in basic, translational, and clinical research across all elements of UHN.