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HSN research centre opens in former school


Sudbury MP and Nickel Belt MP with Dr. Janet McElhaney, Vice President Research and Scientific Director of HSNRI.

The Health Sciences North Research Institute (HSNRI) has a new home in a former school on Walford Rd.

The opening of the $15-million Walford facility, site of the former St. Theresa’s elementary school adds 15,000 square feet of research space to HSNRI. The expansion includes three wet and dry labs as well as research offices.

Construction began in December of 2015 and was completed in June of 2017. Funding for the project was provided by the Government of Canada, through FEDNOR ($4.9 million), the Government of Ontario through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation ($4.9 million), the Greater Sudbury Development Corporation ($1 million), and the City of Greater Sudbury ($750 thousand).

HSNRI was established in 2011 to address the health concerns of Indigenous and Northern populations, with research activities focused in the areas of cancer solutions, healthy aging, infection and immunity, and personalized medicine.

Since its inception, HSNRI has grown from a team of 36 researchers and support staff to approximately 90. HSNRI scientists have attracted over $21 million in research funding.

Targetted research has been advanced through the establishment of the HSN VolunteerAssociation Chair in Healthy Aging, the HSNRI Chair in Indigenous and Northern Health, and the Research Chair in Personalized Medicine.


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