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Dr. Michael Schlossmacherhe/himSenior Scientist and Director, Neuroscience Program
Growing up in Austria, Dr. Michael Schlossmacher couldn’t have foreseen his future as a physician-scientist conducting groundbreaking Parkinson’s research at The Ottawa Hospital. Keep reading to learn how he got to where he is today and about the role philanthropic support has played in his research. Continue Reading Parkinson’s and the power of philanthropy
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Dr. Mark Clemonshe/himMedical Oncologist, Scientist
Dr. Mark Clemons’ keen sense of humour and sharp wit have earned him an enduring and respected reputation among cancer patients at The Ottawa Hospital, where he is a medical oncologist. His patients regularly comment on the positive difference his unique approach has made in their care. Continue Reading A “smorgasbord” of cancer research, treatment, and life philosophy
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Dr. Dean Fergussonhe/himSenior Scientist and Director of the Clinical Epidemiology Program
When Dr. Dean Fergusson’s research career began 25 years ago, the Canadian blood system was robust and transfusions were very safe — and both are still true today. During his time at The Ottawa Hospital, Dr. Fergusson has answered some of these questions with his revolutionary research. Continue Reading Infusing new life into blood transfusion research
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Dr. Meshach Asare-Werehenehe/himCancer Researcher
It came as no surprise to Dr. Asare-Werehene’s parents that their son would pursue medical research; as a young boy, he carried around a briefcase instead of a backpack and asked for insects and lasers instead of toys and dolls. He was known for asking his teachers so many questions they thought he was mocking them and for refusing to go to library sessions with his class until they got more science books. Continue Reading How a simple question as a child in Ghana led to award-winning discoveries in ovarian cancer
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Dr. Natasha Kekreshe/herRESEARCH CHAIR IN ADVANCED STEM CELL THERAPY, SCIENTIST
When Dr. Natasha Kekre isn’t taking home the Medicine Ball trophy at our Dancing with the Docs fundraiser, she’s balancing her three different roles at The Ottawa Hospital.. In September 2023, she was named the Research Chair in Advanced Stem Cell Therapy in addition to being a hematologist and scientist. She is also an associate professor at the University of Ottawa. Continue Reading Victories on the dance floor and in the lab: meet Dr. Natasha Kekre
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Dr. Jeff Dilworthhe/himSenior scientist affiliate
Dr. Dilworth is a senior scientist in The Ottawa Hospital’s Regenerative Medicine Program, which includes the Sprott Centre for Stem Cell Research and the Sinclair Centre for Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Dilworth studies epigenetics, which he describes as “what makes our stem cells supercharged when we’re young and completely ineffective when we’re old.” Continue Reading From baseball stats wiz to game-changing epigenetic scientist
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Dr. Harold Atkinshe/himHematologist, senior clinician investigator
When Dr. Harry Atkins was young, he wanted to be an architect. Everything changed with one high school biology project, and now Dr. Atkins is pioneering the use of stem cells to reprogram people’s immune systems. Continue Reading A conversation with stem cell pioneer Dr. Harold Atkins
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Dr. Christine Dicksonshe/herPsychiatrist
For patients taking part in the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills Group (or DBT-Lite Program) at The Ottawa Hospital, Dr. Christine Dickson will be a friendly and familiar face. Combining a compassionate approach with evidence-based therapy, Dr. Dickson and the team are helping patients live their most fulfilling lives by learning to balance the acceptance of intense and challenging emotions, thoughts, and urges with behavioural changes. Continue Reading A conversation with Dr. Christine Dickson
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Dr. Kirsty Boyd
Dr. Kirsty BoydPlastic Surgery Program Director
Dr. Kirsty Boyd knows how varied plastic surgery can be, and that’s part of what initially drew her to it. Read on to learn more about why she chose plastics, some of her most complex cases, and what she’s excited about in her field. Continue Reading A conversation with Dr. Kirsty Boyd
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