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We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Ontario Tech University professor’s “big data for little people” work profiled at Prime Minister’s research funding announcement

Members of the Artemis Research Team meet with the Prime Minister in Markham, Ontario. From left: Anirudh Thommandram, BEng and MEng graduate, Ontario Tech University; Tanvi Naik, Ontario Tech University graduate student, Health Informatics; Prime Minister Stephen Harper; Dr. Carolyn McGregor, Ontario Tech University's Canada Research Chair in Health Informatics; Robert Greer, Ontario Tech University graduate student, Computer Science.
Members of the Artemis Research Team meet with the Prime Minister in Markham, Ontario. From left: Anirudh Thommandram, BEng and MEng graduate, Ontario Tech University; Tanvi Naik, Ontario Tech University graduate student, Health Informatics; Prime Minister Stephen Harper; Dr. Carolyn McGregor, Ontario Tech University's Canada Research Chair in Health Informatics; Robert Greer, Ontario Tech University graduate student, Computer Science.

A professor from the Ontario Tech University played a key role in a recent Government of Canada announcement. Prime Minister Stephen Harper highlighted the innovative research of Ontario Tech University's Dr. Carolyn McGregor, Canada Research Chair in Health Informatics, at the announcement of the Canada First Research Excellence Fund on December 4 in Markham, Ontario. At the event the Prime Minister dubbed Dr. McGregor’s research “big data for little people”.

“Dr. McGregor’s research shows the real-world benefits of science and innovation,” said Tim McTiernan, Ph.D., President, Ontario Tech University. “Thanks to Dr. McGregor, physicians around the globe now have additional tools and new ways to help save young lives.”

In the past, physicians recorded basic patient data like pulse and blood pressure on a paper chart at various time intervals. But the explosion of available information and data has outpaced the capacity of humans and medical equipment to aggregate and interpret crucial data in a clinically meaningful way.

Dr. McGregor is one of Ontario Tech University's six Canada Research Chairs, a select group of the country’s most accomplished and promising scholars. Since arriving at Ontario Tech University in 2007, Dr. McGregor has been the lead researcher in the international Artemis initiative, which helps physicians make sense of the constant stream of vital organ data collected from critically ill premature babies in neonatal intensive care units. Subtle changes in a patient's condition become more recognizable. With this information, physicians can intervene more quickly. This, in turn, may reduce mortality rates in premature babies here in Canada and around the world.

Dr. McGregor’s research is being conducted in collaboration with the IBM Canada Research and Development Centre, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Ontario, and an expanding group of international partners.

“Dr. McGregor’s work shows the University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s reputation for research excellence and innovation,” said Dr. Michael Owen, Vice-President, Research, Innovation and International. “Ontario Tech University is excited about the Canada First Research Excellence Fund, which will offer funding that allows even more Ontario Tech University professors and researchers to take on challenges like Dr. McGregor’s.”


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