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Toronto, December 11, 2014

By Evelyne Jhung

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(left to right) Dr. Ori Rotstein, director, Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science, St. Michael’s; Dr. Mohamed Lachemi, provost and vice-president, Academic, Ryerson; Sri Krishnan, interim dean, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science; and Dr. Arthur Slutsky, vice-president, Research, St. Michael’s, got together on Dec. 4 at St. Michael’s Hospital, the future site of the Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Science and Technology, or iBEST, space.

Construction of the Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Science and Technology, or iBEST, space won’t be completed until summer 2015, but St. Michael’s Hospital and Ryerson University researchers couldn’t wait that long to host a “meeting of the minds” between researchers from both organizations.

The downtown neighbours’ 20-year iBEST partnership will encourage collaboration and blend advances in technology and biomedical science under one roof.

The water coolers and meeting spaces won’t be available until construction ends, but Dec. 5 marked the first occasion when researchers from both institutions came together.

Thirty-three iBEST scientists attended the event – 12 from Ryerson and 21 from St. Michael’s – as well as other key players from both organizations, including the hospital’s Dr. Ori Rotstein and the university’s Sri Krishnan, two of the three iBEST Scientific and Operational Committee chairs.

A key part of iBEST will be the creation of a 22,000-square-foot home for approximately 15 Ryerson faculty members and 40 Ryerson students whose active research involves health care. In this site, they will work side by side with the St. Michael’s scientists and clinician-scientists in Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science laboratories.

The connection to the hospital via the bridge over Shuter Street will also allow researchers to apply their discoveries to patients, for so-called “bench-to bedside” research.

Get more information:

  • Stay up to date on the renovations via the project updates blog. Construction of the new space is on track and Ryerson faculty will be able to move in summer 2015.
  • Watch an impactful video illustrating the partnership between Ryerson and St. Michael’s. Samin Eftekhari, this year’s Esch Award winner, is an PhD candidate in Engineering who is working with St. Michael's on a bone replacement.
  • Read a recap of the November 2013 iBEST launch.

About St. Michael's Hospital

St. Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in 27 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, care of the homeless and global health are among the hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and education at St. Michael's Hospital are recognized and make an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.