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We are pleased to present the 2022 Annual Report for the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre at the University Health Network (UHN). The third year of the COVID-19 pandemic continued to present challenges; yet in spite of this, we not only survived, but thrived, thanks to the incredibly hard work of our staff, researchers, clinicians, learners, supporters and patients.
As one of our patients said, together we are
"Always Moving Forward."
We survived a major Omicron COVID wave, the largest snow storm since 1946, a trucker’s protest that shut down access, multiple floods and a complete power outage. We thank our facilities, IT, transport and security teams for guiding us through these critical moments.
In June our staff also rose to the occasion and successfully helped complete the UHN installation of the new EPIC electronic health record transformation. Thanks to the patience, positivity and cooperation of our staff during those difficult first few weeks, we quickly adapted to the new system.
Among our other highlights:
We also saw another impressive year of research; 22 per cent of our patients enrolled in clinical trials; our scientists published numerous breakthrough discoveries and won many prestigious awards including the 2022 Canada Gairdner International Award, which went to Dr. John Dick for the discovery and characterization of leukemic stem cells.
Among our research highlights:
As always, The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation continued to fuel our success through its philanthropic efforts that help make our programs, research, and innovations possible.
Of note this past year:
Finally, a big shout out to the Foundation for relaunching the in-person Ride, Walk, Journey, and Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer, which together raised $30-million. Thank you to all of our donors and supporters for your incredible generosity!
And finally, our immense gratitude to our staff, volunteers, and learners, many from across the globe. Your unflagging optimism and dedication make a significant difference to patients, their families, and our colleagues.
A. Keith Stewart, MB, ChB VP Cancer, UHN, Director Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Aaron D. Schimmer, MD, PhD Research Director Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
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Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Annual Reports