Lawson Health Research Institute celebrates four new program launches

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London Ontario is now home to a research centre unlike any other in Canada. Officially opened in 2010, the Lindros Legacy Research building, located at London Health Sciences Centre’s (LHSC) University Hospital, is now in full operation as one of the most fully integrated interventional research sites in the world.

The Lindros Legacy vision is to accelerate “bench-to-bedside” research, bridging the gap between scientific discovery and patient care. The building is home to four new research programs, each working like a think tank. Leading scientists are brought together, given the best tools and resources available, and asked to tackle some of the world’s most pressing health care challenges. By working across disciplines and under the same roof, these unique programs strive to accelerate medical developments in ways that would otherwise not be possible:

•    The hip bone’s connected to the leg bone, and the leg bone’s connected to the knee bone. Muscles and joints do not work in isolation – so why should their doctors? The Dr. Sandy Kirkley Centre for Musculoskeletal Research brings together scientists and researches to tackle the complex challenges unique to orthopaedics. From sport medicine and biomechanics, to joint replacement and advanced surgical techniques, expert researchers are pooling their resources to improve orthopedic health faster than ever before.

•    Technology is evolving by the minute. For some, this means 300 new Apps a day; for others, it means new ways to save a life. As surgical techniques rapidly advance, CSTAR’s Brent and Marilyn Kelman Centre for Advanced Learning is keeping London on the leading-edge. This high-tech surgical training program is unlike any other in Canada. Using sophisticated simulation equipment, surgeons are learning the latest, most advanced, minimally invasive technologies and techniques as they emerge. Through constant development, this program will revolutionize the quality of surgical care across the country.

•    Organ donations are often called the “gift of life” – just one donor can help up to eight people. The Matthew Mailing Centre for Translational Transplant Studies is helping patients live life to the fullest. Their innovative new program is developing therapies and techniques to get the most out of organ and tissue transplants. Using state-of-the-art facilities, experts are driving research innovation from the lab to patients at LHSC’s Multi-Organ Transplant Program, located right next door.

•    Imagine discovering tomorrow’s health care today. Researchers are doing just that at the Centre for Clinical Investigation and Therapeutics (CCIT). This state-of-the-art facility is dedicated to supporting some of the most advanced clinical trials in the world. By combining expert researchers, staff and industry within a single sophisticated facility, researchers can turn their most innovative ideas into reality. Most importantly, they can deliver them to patients faster and safer than anywhere else in the world.

The construction and initial equipping of these centres was wholly-funded by the generosity of donors through London Health Sciences Foundation. Together, they promise to position London as a global hub for health research. They will support nation-wide collaboration, ongoing recruitment of world-class scientists, and major national and international clinical trials. Most importantly, they will drive scientific and medical discovery forward to change lives and save lives like never before.