Grand Opening Next Generation Research Centre
New Research Space for Big Ideas, Big Impact
Over 75 guests from government, business and our donor community attended the November 17 Grand Opening of the new research space dedicated to the prevention of chronic disease including diabetes, hypertension, and chronic kidney disease. Members from our Board of Trustees and Foundation Council were also on hand to help the Foundation, Wellness Institute and Hospital celebrate this milestone.
The event was covered by CBC TV and the Winnipeg Sun and both CBC and CJOB Radio interviewed our researchers live on the day of the Opening. The event was kicked off by a congratulatory message by Health Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen, and followed by supportive messages from the University of Manitoba and major sponsors.
The new space supports our research team who is affiliated with the University of Manitoba’s Rady Faculty of Medicine that is harnessing big data to identify and prevent chronic disease, and improve health care effectiveness. The research team is also working with business innovators to drive the development of new technology in healthcare.
It has attracted a bright, young team with diverse interests and capabilities including medicine, healthcare economics, computer programming and organic chemistry.
“We’re not building a centre hoping we can attract researchers and a research team, they are already here, accomplishing great things” says Executive Director, Twylla Krueger. “We have built them a space for big dreams, big ideas and a big impact on the way healthcare is delivered in Manitoba.”
Three principal investigators, Drs. Paul Komenda, Navdeep Tangri and Claudio Rigatto are leading a team of 10 staff who are driving cutting edge chronic disease screening and surveillance, inventing devices for point of care testing, and creating algorithms to predict risk of disease and improved treatment, including at home in the community instead of in hospitals.
For example, the Kidney Failure Risk Equation developed by Dr. Tangri has transformed the way chronic kidney disease is treated world-wide by accurately predicting the 2 and 5 year risk of kidney failure using common lab tests. Now health systems globally can know which patients need aggressive treatment and planning for dialysis by kidney specialists and which patients can be managed by their family physician.
Most of the research is focused on prevention, early identification, and treatment of chronic disease including diabetes, hypertension, and chronic kidney disease. The centre has a vision for expanding its focus to include multiple chronic diseases. The overall goal is to be a knowledge hub to answer questions and provide research answers that can be rapidly translated into improved patient care.
The funds for the campaign were acquired through private donations and corporate investment from supporters like The Winnipeg Foundation, Wawanesa Mutual Insurance, the Platinum Jets, Kidney Foundation, Manitoba Branch and Great West Life. The Foundation and its donors believe that it is time to invest in prevention. The launch of this innovative space will benefit patient care, health system effectiveness and the economy in Manitoba.