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CAMH CEO a member of the new Ontario Health Innovation Council

TORONTO – November 19, 2013 – The Ontario government today launched the Ontario Health Innovation Council (OHIC). The Council is tasked with leveraging innovation to improve health care in Ontario and create new opportunities for economic growth.

Dr. Catherine Zahn, President and CEO of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and an OHIC member said, “We can improve access to health care and raise quality by putting research and innovation into action.  OHIC is an opportunity to ‘think big’ and broadly about health innovation in Ontario and make it real for patients, people and communities.”

The Ministry of Research and Innovation & Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care announce the launch of the Ontario Health Innovation Council. (Photo courtesy of UHN)


A timely example of making innovation real is CAMH's own announcement today of a first-time ever partnership with Assurex Health to create a new company to advance the widespread use of personalized medicine in psychiatry. This joint venture will enable pharmacogenetic research discoveries from CAMH to be brought into widespread clinical use, to the benefit of patients and with substantial savings to the health care system.

Read more about the new OHIC here and about the benefits of personalized medicine in psychiatry and the new company AssureRx Canada here.

To read the Ministry's press release click here​.​​​

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