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HSNRI hosts Indigenous health research conference

First annual forum held in Sudbury
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Vice President of Research and Scientific Director of HSNRI Dr. Janet McElhaney speaks at the first annual Northern Ontario Research Forum. (Supplied)

More than 100 researchers, clinicians and physicians from across Northern Ontario came together for the First Annual Northern Ontario Research Forum on Oct. 13. 

This year’s theme was Research Is Patient Care: Reaching out to Northern and Indigenous Communities. 

The forum was hosted by Health Sciences North Research Institute (HSNRI), Medicor Research Inc. and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM). The forum brought together Indigenous researchers, students and clinicians to learn and understand the need to work in the communities with elders and connect with learners for Indigenous community-based health research. 

It was developed as a platform for clinicians and researchers to develop skills and expand their understanding of the process of proposal development, ethics, accessing data and securing funding. 

“It’s an important time for Indigenous health research in Canada," said Dr. Janet McElhaney, Vice President of Research and Scientific Director of HSNRI. 

"This forum was an opportunity to bring health researchers and clinicians together from across Northern Ontario to further understand the importance of working in collaboration with Indigenous communities. We continue to learn from our Indigenous partners to understand their needs and to help integrate their teachings into practice."

Guest speakers included Dr. Joyce Helmer, NOSM, Dr. Carrie Bourassa, HSNRI Chair of Indigenous and Northern Health, Scientific Director of Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health (CIHR-IAPH), Dr. John McLaughlin, Chief Science Officer and Senior Scientist of Public Health Ontario, along with McElhaney.