Innovation and Education

As the regional hub for health services in Northwestern Ontario, Thunder Bay serves a catchment population of 250,000 in a geographical area the size of France, and is a leading destination for clinical, teaching, research and health system leadership. Research & Development Institutes and private labs are supporting exploration across many industries in Thunder Bay. This research and innovation is assisting in the diversification of Thunder Bay’s economy and improving healthcare for Northern communities.

Leading The Way in Health Sciences


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$1.85 million
The Government of Canada invested $1.85 million to enable the Thunder bay Regional Health Research Institute to purchase equipment and implement new technologies in the area of probe development and biomarker exploration (PD&BE).

$5 million
The Government of Ontario invested $5 million in Lakehead University to create the Centre for Advanced Studies in Engineering and Sciences. A 42,000 square foot facility with new laboratories and equipment to support research and training.

$9.5 million
The Northern Ontario School of Medicine has received more than $9.5 million for their clinical faculty to conduct health research focused on improving the health for the North.


Industry Leading Research

Dr. Ingeborg Zehbe's research focuses on the relationship between HPV and cancer, covering the entire cancer continuum: including basic research, non-invasive therapies as well as prevention and screening.

Dr. Mitchell S. Albert's laboratory focuses on using hyperpolarized (HP) noble gas MRI, an innovative technology that significantly improves diagnosis and treatment of a variety of diseases, including lung diseases, stroke, and cancer.

Dr. Kathryn Sinden's research is being conducted in partnership between Thunder Bay Fire Rescue, the Thunder Bay Professional Firefighters Association and the School of Kinesiology at Lakehead University. This research will allow development of measurement strategies that will improve identification of the relationship between injury risk factors and firefighting that will be used to inform injury management strategies.


Research Institutes

 Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute

Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute logoThunder Bay Regional Research Institute is the research arm of Thunder Bay Heath Sciences Centre. Its mandate is to facilitate clinical research strategic to regional health  care  needs. TBRHRI aims to develop innovative health care techniques from concept to clinical trials to commercialization, supporting scientists and clinicians at every step.

Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute

 Thunder Bay Health Sciences Centre

Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre logoClinical research plays an extremely important part in healthcare at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. It is a centre for learning for researchers, students, teachers, and other healthcare professionals.

 

 

Thunder Bay Health Sciences Centre

 The Centre for Applied Health Research (CAHR)

CAHR logoCAHR conducts high quality research to support St. Joseph’s Care Group in the creation of new knowledge relevant to addictions, complex care, long term care, mental  health, and physical rehabilitation with a particular focus on prevention and treatment issues.

 

 

The Centre for Applied Health Research (CAHR)

 Northern Ontario School of Medicine

NOSM LogoThe Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) was established with a mandate to improve the health of the people of the region. NOSM students and clinical faculty are conducting leading edge health research in laboratories and in community settings across Ontario's North.

 

Northern Ontario School of Medicine

 Confederation College TEC Hub

Confederation College logoThis state of the art facility supports the College's engineering technology programs, enhances the Aerospace Manufacturing program. It also hosts vibrant research incubation and technology transfer services supporting the region's advanced manufacturing technology and resource sectors.

 

Confederation College TEC Hub

Health Science Laboratories

 Lakehead University Paleo-DNA Laboratory

Lakehead University logoThe Paleo-DNA Laboratory is a leader in mitochondrial DNA research, continually  improving methodology, sensitivity and detection methods for DNA examination. Services include archaeological testing, paternity and relationship testing, human and  species identification on a variety of sample types.

Lakehead University Paleo-DNA Laboratory

 CG Labs

cg labs logoCG Labs specializes in post mortem DNA and highly degraded samples. CG Labs continue to build and strengthen their expertise in the biotechnology industry with a  strong commitment to advancing scientific insight through the successful recovery of DNA from older and more complex samples, previously thought non-viable.

 

CG Labs

 Public Health Ontario

Public Health Ontario logoPublic Health Ontario works to keep Ontarians safe and health. Their research informs health policy, transforms clinical and public health practice, and advances laboratory science.

Public Health Ontario

Innovation & Outreach

 Confederation College - Partners in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (PIE)

Confederation College logoThis program is dedicated to promoting youth employment through entrepreneurship. They provide business development support, workshops, and mentorship opportunities.



 

Confederation College - Partners in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (PIE)

 Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre

Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre logoThis Northwestern Ontario focused team supports not only entrepreneurs but all businesses in the region that are working on innovation. Becoming a member of this organization provides you with access to business advice, market research,  development assistance, as well as funding and networking opportunities.

Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre

 Superior Science

Superior Science logoSuperior Science provides outreach programs throughout Northwestern Ontario with the goal of sparking children's interest in science, engineering, and technology. They have been providing hands-on training since 1999, and have reached out to over 35,000 children since their program began.



Superior Science

For additional information please contact the Development Officer at (807) 625-3960 or visit our Contact Us page.

 

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Video Resources

Downloadable Files

Medical Devices Report

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Health Sciences Report

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Accelerating Excellence in Medical Research and Innovation in Ontario's Northwest

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For additional information please contact the Development Officer at (807) 625-3960 or visit our Contact Us page.