HHS at Parliament Hill and Queen’s Park

K.PorterAs a member of the HHS research community you are probably aware of the administrative support provided by Research Administration and Research Finance. You have access to a range of services designed to help you from study inception to completion.

What you may not be as familiar with is some of our behind the scenes work, often in the form of advocacy. The ability to communicate the value of health research is an important component to the success of any research enterprise. HHS Research recently participated in advocacy events at Queen’s Park and Parliament Hill.

HHS Research was pleased to participate in the Health Research Caucus symposium, “Frailty Among the Aged in Canada” held at Parliament Hill. Frank Naus, Vice-President of Research and Dr. Alexandra Papaioannou attended the invitation-only event where representatives from a variety of health care and research institutes came together to address the topic of frailty.

Hamilton Health Sciences proudly featured the work of the Geriatric Education Research in Aging Sciences (GERAS) Centre. With a commitment to healthy aging, the GERAS Centre has brought innovation to aging research by taking a holistic approach and keeping the quality of life of older adults and their caregivers paramount.

The opportunity to highlight GERAS’ work to politicians and policy-makers not only establishes Hamilton Health Sciences as a leader in frailty research, but helps build an overall awareness of Canadian health research as a catalyst to improve lives.

In December, HHS was one of 24 research hospitals participating in CAHO’s Health Research Showcase at Queen’s Park. The event is designed to demonstrate for MPPs and government stakeholders the breadth, depth and impact of hospital-based research in Ontario, and the value it has in making Ontario healthier, wealthier and smarter. Hamilton Health Sciences featured the Sepsis Simulation Education Project developed by Dr. Alison Fox-Robichaud, whose display included a high-fidelity mannequin that mimics real-life symptoms of early sepsis. On hand to support the initiative were Rob MacIsaac, President & CEO and Frank Naus, VP Research.

For learn more about Dr. Alexandra Papaioannou and the GERAS Centre, visit

Dr. Alison Fox-Robichaud is the Site Lead for the Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care unit at Hamilton General Hospital, where she is also the Critical Care Medicine Specialist. She is also Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Critical Care at the Thrombosis and Atherosclerosis Research Institute, McMaster University.

For more information and photos of Health Research at Queen’s Park, visit CAHO’s Healthier, Wealthier, Smarter blog.

To learn more about HHS research support services, visit