More than 670 guests attended the Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation’s Raise a Little Health gala on Saturday February 28 at the Hamilton Convention Centre. The event was a tremendous success raising more than $540,000 in support of research at Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS).
Proceeds from the event will help fund four key HHS research projects, including PHRI’s research on Reducing the Burden of Stroke. This multidisciplinary initiative, which looks at Predicting Silent Atrial Fibrillation and Preventing Heart Attacks and Strokes, is investigating the importance of silent atrial fibrillation and its relationship with stroke and heart attacks. In specific, it seeks to understand the predicators of silent atrial fibrillation, with a long term goal of reducing the incidence, and life-altering effects of strokes and heart attacks in those over 45 years of age. The collaboration includes: Jeff Healey, Director of Arrhythmia Services; Darryl Leong, Division of Cardiology; Jackie Bosch, Stroke Rehabilitation; and Robert Hart, Vascular Neurologist.
The other three award recipients were:
- A study exploring the rehabilitation of acquired brain injury patients at St. Peter’s Hospital and Regional Rehabilitation Centre;
- The development of an app at McMaster Children’s Hospital that will support youth with chronic conditions as they transition from pediatric programs into adult care programs;
- Research at Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre exploring new approaches to optimizing the delivery of palliative care for patients with advanced cancer.