Research Hospitals Discover the Future through World Firsts and Major Medical Breakthroughs

    OTTAWA, March 26 /CNW Telbec/ - The Association of Canadian Academic
Healthcare Organizations (ACAHO), the national voice of Teaching Hospitals,
Regional Health Authorities and their Research Institutes (known as "Research
Hospital") has released a report entitled "Eureka! World First Discoveries and
Other Major Medical Breakthrough in ACAHO Member Institutions" which
identifies over 100 world's first discoveries and major medical breakthroughs.
    Eureka! focuses on the essential role that Canada's Research Hospitals
play in creating the knowledge that comes from investments in health research.
As a result, many world first discoveries have revolutionized the way in which
cost-effective quality health services are delivered to Canadians, and the
rest of the world. Some of the discoveries include:

    - The discovery of insulin in 1922
    - The first artificial kidney machine in 1948
    - The first use of the "cobalt bomb" to treat cancer in 1951
    - Discovered the gene defect responsible for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
      in 1987
    - Discovered the gene that causes cystic fibrosis in 1989
    - The first physical map of the human genome in 1995
    - Sequencing of the SARS genome in 2003
    - Performed first hospital-to-hospital telerobotic assisted surgery more
      than 400 kms away in 2003
    - Identified nine factors that can predict heart attacks in 2003
    - Treating prostate cancer using 3-D image guided radiation therapy in

    "Members of ACAHO continue to play a vital role in advancing the body of
science related to health and health care, and drive new evidence into the
clinical, administrative and policy-making processes", said Dr. Denis Roy,
President of ACAHO and Executive Director of la Centre Hospitalier de
L'Université de Montréal. "Their work has been groundbreaking, if not
revolutionary, global in its impact and playing a significant role opening up
new avenues of scientific inquiry." Of note, the list includes over fifty
world first discoveries and major medical breakthroughs that have occurred
since 2000.
    "Importantly, a large majority of these innovations are a direct result
of governments - notably the federal government - investing and supporting
health research, which we strongly applaud", said Mr. Glenn Brimacombe, CEO of
ACAHO. "With the release of the federal government's Science & Technology
Strategy, the Association and its members look forward to developing a
collaborative plan of action that will fully leverage our investments in
health research so that Canadians will have access to state-of-the-art health

    Eureka! is the second of three reports focused on the role and
contributions of Canada's Research Hospitals in relation to science and
technology. The first report was released in November 2007 entitled Moving at
the Speed of Discovery: From Bench to Bedside to Business, and the final
report to be released in April 2008 is From Microscope to Marketplace:
Spin-Off Companies from ACAHO Member Institutions.

    Members of ACAHO are leaders of innovative and transformational
organizations that serve a unique and essential role in the system: they
advance leading edge innovative practices through health research, educate the
next generation of health care professionals, and provide much of the
specialized health care services to Canadians.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Glenn Brimacombe, Chief
Executive Officer, (613) 730-5818 ext 322, Cell Phone: (613) 866-3613, Fax:
(613) 730-4314,

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