Dr. Robert Bell to Become Ontario’s New Deputy Minister of Health

Earlier this week I was very surprised, yet extremely pleased, to learn that Dr. Robert Bell, President and CEO of the Toronto-based University Health Network (UHN) was going to become Ontario’s next Deputy Minister of Health. On March 26, 2014 Bob posted the following public message about this appointment/transition on his UHN site: Although it would be disingenuous of me to suggest that we are close friends, I have known Bob for over 20 years …

     

New PSA Test Recommendations: Clarifying or Confusing?

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Earlier today, Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC), a national prostate cancer advocacy, support and research funding organization, released a set of new recommendations about  when and how to use Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) testing and screening. This is a time when most of the rest of the world is increasingly aware of over-diagnosis and over-treatment of diseases like breast cancer and prostate cancer. As a result, most new screening guidelines are getting more restrictive in terms …

     

The Balls Are in Your Court

The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) has made great strides in recent years to shake the perception by some that it is your “grandparents’ charity”.  Bold initiatives like the “Fightback” campaign, replete with videos containing F-bombs, have gone a long way to ensure that the CCS connects to a whole new generation of committed citizens in the fight against cancer. And earlier this month the CCS broke even further with tradition by distributing a very well …

     

Frustrations with Grant Application Processes are Not New

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Two days ago I posted an essay describing my opinion of why we need more money for cancer research in this country. This was prompted in large measure by an article I cited there entitled More Money Won’t Win the War on Cancer. I don’t wish to rehash the arguments (pro or con) here. But one area where we had agreement was that the system for applying for grants and getting money was getting to …