AMRIC and Cambrian College Sign Memorandum of Understanding

Posted on Wednesday February 27, 2013
Amric Cambrian College sign memorandum

Sudbury, ON – The new affiliated research institute of Health Sciences North/Horizon Santé-Nord and Cambrian College are embarking on a partnership to explore health research opportunities.


The Advanced Medical Research Institute of Canada (AMRIC) and Cambrian College have signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding which would see both institutions collaborate on health research and training. The agreement also calls for both parties to benefit from any commercialization resulting from these efforts.


“To develop a health sciences research hub in Sudbury we need to foster relationships with key community partners like Cambrian College,” says Dr. Francisco Diaz-Mitoma, AMRIC CEO and Vice President of Research at HSN. “By working together, we have a greater ability to attract health-related research projects, investments and talent to Greater Sudbury, which benefits patient care, creates high-income jobs, builds intellectual capital, and enhances the reputation of our city.”


Under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding, faculty and students at Cambrian would have access to AMRIC’s research facilities and be involved in projects with the Institute.


“We are very pleased to be working with AMRIC at HSN because this new collaboration will create more opportunities for students and faculty to build their potential and to develop scientific research right here in the north,” says Sylvia Barnard, Cambrian President.  “Our faculty and students are already conducting health research at Cambrian through our Applied Research program, and this partnership will broaden our opportunities with a diverse team at a new institution.”


AMRIC is one of Canada’s newest health research institutions. Affiliated with HSN, AMRIC employs a team of approximately 60 researchers and support staff. AMRIC is focusing its research efforts on health care priorities of northeastern Ontario.


“This collaboration strengthens our mission to be an academic health sciences centre,” says Dr. Denis Roy, President and CEO of Health Sciences North. “It provides us with the opportunity to conduct locally-based research which is good for patients. It also enhances the skills and training of local students and boosts our ability to recruit and retain Cambrian College graduates.”


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Health Sciences North/Horizon Santé-Nord and the Advanced Medical Research Institute of Canada (AMRIC) are grateful for the ongoing support of the community through its foundations, Health Sciences North Foundation and the Northern Cancer Foundation, and the HSN Volunteer Association.



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