Kudos for November 2011


Dr. Erin Keely interviewed by Endocrine Today – Clinical News on Diabetes and Endocrine Disorders. Dr. Keely advices clinicians to offer pre-pregnancy counseling on topics such as folate intake, weight loss and glycemic control.  She suggests that pre-pregnancy obesity is a strong predictor of congenital abnormalities, and it is imperative that patients’ glucose is well controlled before and during pregnancy.

Dr. John Bell was interviewed on CTV’s Canada AM on November 3rd about new advances in the development of oncolytic viruses for the treatment of cancer.

Dr. Jose Pereira was interviewed on CTV W5 National TV on October 15th on the topic of euthanasia.

Two outstanding summer students have been selected to receive the OHRI’s Dr. Goodman Cohen Summer Student Award:

  • Charlie Foster in Dr. Alex Sorisky’s group for a project on proteins that inhibit fat development.
  • Jovian Tsang in Dr. John Bell’s group for his project on oncolytic viruses for cancer therapy.


TOH and OHRI have been recognized as one of Canada’s leading research hospitals, ranking 6th in the country for total research funding by RE$EARCH Infosource Inc.

Dr. Jim Dimitroulakos, Dr. Johanne Weberpals and others published research on more personalized combination therapies for ovarian and breast cancer. The research could lead to development of a biomarker test to determine which patients are most likely to benefit from this combination therapy. Details in Cancer Cell International.


Dr. Richmond Sy (GI) attended the 3C Foundation Bash fundraiser for Crohn’s, colitis and colorectal cancer. The event raised $85,000.


Research awards were presented on November 5th, 2011 at TOH Gala to:

Dr. Shawn Aaron: the Dr. Michael Chretien Researcher of the Year award for his groundbreaking work on cystic fibrosis.

Dr. Rashmi Kothary: the Dr. J. David Grimes Research Career Achievement award for his pioneering research on neuromuscular disease.

Dr. Jean-Simon Diallo: the Dr. Ronald G. Worton Researcher in Training award for his promising work with Dr. John Bell on novel drugs that manipulate the growth of virus-based cancer therapeutics and vaccines.

Dr. Emily Moore recognized for having outstanding medical knowledge and excellent clinical presentation skills. She will receive the Outstanding Clinical Performance in Internal Medicine – the Arthur Richard Award on Dec 7th at the Faculty of Medicine Awards in Education ceremony.