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Dr. Kevin Burnshe/himSenior Scientist and Director, Kidney Research Centre
Born in Chomedey, Laval, Quebec, Dr. Kevin Burns never thought he’d be practicing award-winning kidney research in Ottawa. But after falling in love with Ottawa and with nephrology, Dr. Burns became an integral part of The Ottawa Hospital team. He stays busy as Senior Scientist and Director of the hospital’s Kidney Research Centre. Continue Reading A self-proclaimed nerd with a knack for nephrology
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COVID-19 research
Dr. Taha Azadhe/himCancer Researcher - Formerly at The Ottawa Hospital
Using fireflies to study cancer might sound like science fiction, but for Dr. Taha Azad, it’s been his reality for years now. After studying — and teaching — biology in his home country of Iran, Dr. Azad came to Canada, and eventually The Ottawa Hospital, to apply his unique biology know-how to cancer and COVID-19 research. Continue Reading Lighting up cancer research with firefly proteins
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Dr. Ronda Lunshe/herNeurologist
Why do some people recover from their strokes while others don’t? Dr. Ronda Lun is answering questions like this one through her boundary-pushing stroke research. Author of over 34 papers, a recipient of the highest honour for emerging researchers from the American Academy of Neurology, and now, an honourable mention for the 2022 Worton Researcher in Training Award from The Ottawa Hospital, Dr. Lun combines clinical practice with practice-changing research every day. Continue Reading Striking a chord with stroke research
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Dr. Robert Fahedhe/himInterventional Neuroradiologist, Stroke Neurologist & Associate Scientist
Not all heroes wear capes: Dr. Robert Fahed plucks blood clots from the brains of stroke patients, saving lives and mitigating injury. The revolutionary process, called thrombectomy, is just a part of what Dr. Fahed brings to the fight against strokes and their disabling effects as an Interventional Neuroradiologist and Stroke Neurologist at The Ottawa Hospital, and Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa. Continue Reading Life-altering stroke treatment and care from a “gym rat”
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Mary Farnandshe/herNurse Navigator
Born into a family of nurses, it might seem like a career in nursing was the natural choice for Mary Farnand. But it took her a little while to find her way there. Today, Mary is a nurse navigator at The Ottawa Hospital’s Ages Cancer Assessment Clinic and can’t picture doing anything else. Continue Reading Navigating complex care with compassion
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Dr. Michael Rudnickihe/himSenior Scientist and Director of the Regenerative Medicine Program
From his discovery of muscle stem cells to his pioneering work in therapeutic approaches to muscle-wasting diseases, Dr. Rudnicki takes research discoveries from the lab to patients’ bedsides. Keep reading to learn more about how Dr. Rudnicki found himself in the constantly evolving field of regenerative medicine — and how he became one of only 12 Canadians to join the Royal Society. Continue Reading From admiring Jacques Cousteau to plunging the depths of regenerative medicine
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Dr. Nancy Dudekshe/herMedical Director, Amputee Program
As a prosthetics expert in amputee medicine, Dr. Nancy Dudek leads our team helping patients who have lost limbs get back to what they love to do. Her patients appreciate the confidence she instills in them and her encouraging words; with her help, they work hard toward recovery. Continue Reading A conversation with Dr. Nancy Dudek – rehab expert
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Dr. Bernard Thébaudhe/himSenior Scientist, Neonatologist
Every day, Dr. Bernard Thébaud creates futures for Ottawa’s youngest community members. As a senior scientist with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, and as a neonatologist with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), Dr. Thébaud provides care to critically ill newborns. Continue Reading Soccer skills and stem cell science
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Dr. Julianna Tomlinsonshe/herSenior Laboratory Manager
Born, raised, educated, and trained in Ottawa, Dr. Julianna Tomlinson is using research to change the way we think about Parkinson’s disease. Her work focuses on Parkinson’s-linked genes and is revealing the complexity of the disease. Continue Reading From co-op student to lab leader
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