Researchers at the London Health Sciences Center (LHSC) are getting a major boost with the unveiling of new research and quality improvement awards worth $5.7 million over the next five years.
The LHSC Research Institute and private donors are funding 22 LHSC Academic Realignment Initiative Awards, which the healthcare organization said will help further innovation at its three hospitals.
“LHSC has a rich heritage in health research; it is a core component of our mission as a research-intensive teaching hospital affiliated with Western University,” says Dr. Jackie Schleifer Taylor, President and CEO of LHSC.
“This initiative will support the curiosity of our employees. These streams of work will help improve our understanding, diagnosis and treatment of disease; improving patient experiences; Optimizing healthcare education; and create system efficiencies.”
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The 22 winners were selected from 60 submissions, with two research chair positions also added for future initiatives.
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The new research director is Dr. Sandrine de Ribaupierre, who will take over the Chair in Pediatric Neurosurgery and Neuroscience.
De Ribaupierre, a pediatric neurosurgeon at LHSC Children’s Hospital, says her new role will focus on two key areas: using augmented reality to enhance the patient experience and neuroimagination techniques to better understand brain networks.
“One of the virtual reality projects is to construct a virtual reality model of the children’s hospital so that a young patient can experience the hospital environment, walk through the hallways, navigate through the corridors, go into an operating room or first have a scan of his head as an avatar in a virtual world to reduce their fear of being hospitalized,” she said.
She noted that they will also work on developing neuroimaging techniques to understand different diseases and reduce the risk of some neurosurgeries.
“Research and innovation is such a crucial part of working at LHSC. Research and innovation evolve patient care, create new treatments and improve lives,” said John MacFarlane, President and CEO of the LHSC Foundation.
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