THUNDER BAY – Ontario is supporting medical research that will lead to improved care for patients while creating jobs in Thunder Bay. “By investing in these research projects, our government is further strengthening Thunder Bay as an important centre for advanced health care research in Ontario,” commented Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Chair of the NOHFC.
With nearly $900,000 in support from the province’s Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation(NOHFC), two projects are enhancing health care research and boosting the local economy:
- The Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute (TBRRI) is receiving almost $650,000 to fund research using a new technology in early stages of molecular imaging, the findings will help to earlier diagnose diseases like cancer and allow doctors to monitor the effectiveness of prescribed treatments. This project will create two new positions and retain 11 jobs.
- The Lake Superior Centre for Regenerative Medicine (RegenMed) is receiving over $241,000 to buy equipment used to process bone tissue for use in orthopaedic surgeries and dental procedures. This project will create four new positions and retain 10 jobs.
“With the MicroPET scanner, TBRRI scientists can investigate advanced treatments for cancer and other diseases that most affect patients in Northwestern Ontario. Research is already underway using the MicroPET to find new ways of diagnosing certain cancers earlier and more precisely for better, more personalized care,” stated Andrée Robichaud, President and CEO of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, and Acting CEO of the TBRRI.
“Participating in these projects allows RegenMed to honor the gift that Ontarians provide through Trillium Gift of Life Network. This project will allow us to purchase the equipment, hire and train staff to become the only tissue bank in Canada to provide bone grafts for dental surgery. We are thrilled to be part of health care research in Northwestern Ontario and are excited to reach this next step,” added David Stezenko, Executive Director, RegenMed.
“Our investments in these health care projects are helping advance very significant research in Thunder Bay that will enhance the quality of life for residents in our region. I am very pleased that the NOHFC could invest in today’s projects, which will also help create good jobs in our community,” said Bill Mauro , MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan.
- Since 2003, the NOHFC has invested $967 million in 6,300 projects in Northern Ontario, creating or sustaining more than 24,100 jobs.
- In the Thunder Bay area since 2003, the NOHFC has invested $154 million in 1,264 projects, creating or sustaining more than 5,000 jobs.
- In July 2014, the NOHFC announced an investment of more than $4 million to help the TBRRI fund research projects, buy equipment and create 29 jobs.