Celebrating top researchers at The Ottawa Hospital

The Ottawa Hospital GALA

OCTOBER 28, OTTAWA, ON – The most anticipated social event of the season brought together leaders from all corners of the Ottawa community to celebrate the best and brightest researchers in the nation’s capital.  More than 600 guests dined on a five course, scrumptious all-Canadian meal that included; grilled fillet mignon of Alberta beef, with potato pavé with lobster and were dazzled by acrobatic artists who descended from the ceiling of the Westin Hotel. It was a night, which was the talk of the town.

Most importantly, The Ottawa Hospital Gala, presented by Nordion, recognized three researchers for their innovative accomplishments in their respective fields:

Marc-Olivier Deguise received the Worton Researcher in Training Award. Deguise was recognized for his outstanding work on spinal muscular atrophy.

Dr. Xiaohui Zha received the Chrétien Researcher of the Year Award. Dr. Zha was recognized for her breakthrough in understanding why our cells make more cholesterol and fat after a big meal.

Dr. Michael Schlossmacher received the Grimes Research Career Achievement Award. Dr. Schlossmacher was recognized for his pioneering research on Parkinson’s disease.

The Ottawa Hospital Gala also celebrated our community for its dedication to supporting local research. Tim Kluke, President and CEO of The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, acknowledged that support from not only residents, but also businesses, plays a key role in the success our researchers.  “Thanks to our community’s commitment this year, The Ottawa Hospital Foundation transferred over $11.7 million directly to research. Our Tender Loving Research campaign, which is going into its final year, has raised $38.2 million, closing in on our goal of $50 million dollars.”

It is corporate support from the community, like that of The Ottawa Hospital’s title sponsor, Nordion, which helped make this event such a success.

“Nordion understands the important roles that research and innovation play in ensuring the safety of healthcare and the wellbeing of patients, both at home and around the world,” said Kevin Brooks, President of Nordion (Canada) Inc. “Nordion admires The Ottawa Hospital’s commitment to excellence and we are proud to have been a sponsor of the Gala for more than a decade.“

The Ottawa Hospital is one of Canada’s largest learning and research hospitals, with more than 1,100 beds, approximately 12,000 staff members and an annual budget of about $1.2 billion.

Our focus on learning and research helps us develop new and innovative ways to treat patients and improve care. As a multi-campus hospital affiliated with the University of Ottawa, we deliver specialized care to the Eastern Ontario region, but our techniques and research discoveries are adopted around the world. We engage the community at all levels to support our vision for better patient care.

From the compassion of our people to the relentless pursuit of new discoveries, The Ottawa Hospital never stops seeking solutions to the most complex health-care challenges. For more information about The Ottawa Hospital visit ohfoundation.ca. 

Media contact: Shelley McLean, The Ottawa Hospital Foundation; shmclean@toh.ca; 613-324-4466