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The talk from around the world

Toronto, November 7, 2016

By Geoff Koehler

Dr. Tom van der Poll

Dr. Tom van der Poll

Dr. Tom van der Poll

One way to advance research is by establishing collaborations with experts from around the world. To that end, the Keenan Family has established an annual lectureship allowing the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science to bring world-renowned experts to the centre each year.

“We can learn more about their research and potentially build collaborations for future work,” said Dr. Ori Rotstein, director of the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science.

The Inaugural Keenan International Lectureship was held on Nov. 4, 2016, during the first St. Michael’s Hospital “Research Month.”

The first lecturer, Dr. Tom van der Poll, is a professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Amsterdam and is an acknowledged expert in the field of sepsis research.

Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening complication of an infection. When the body releases chemicals into the bloodstream to fight the infection, they can trigger inflammation throughout the body. This inflammatory response can trigger changes that can damage organs, causing them to fail.

“As Toronto’s only downtown adult trauma centre and one of Canada’s premiere critical care hospitals, many of us are all too familiar with sepsis,” said Dr. John Marshall, a scientist, trauma surgeon and intensivist with St. Michael’s Hospital. “Dr. van der Poll’s lecture and visits with our basic and translational science labs and critical care specialists at St. Michael’s yielded some great discussions and hopefully future collaboration.”

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.

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