As Canadians, we’re lucky to experience the benefits that come from our healthcare system and years of scientific research. The findings of healthcare service workers and their tireless efforts have given us the quality of life we enjoy today. Given the current global climate, we have many reasons to feel grateful.
In April, we celebrate two globally significant health days – DNA Day and World Health Day. Both occasions recognize the phenomenal achievements made in the scientific field, but also reminds us of the role that healthcare workers play in supporting and acting on ground-breaking research. Especially in these recent times while we’re experiencing the impact of COVID-19 in all areas of the country, their work has never been more top of mind.
CHEO is a prime example of a children’s hospital that is leading the way in gene research globally.
CHEO is home to Care4Rare, a world-renowned research consortium focused on identifying the genetic causes of rare diseases. Using state-of-the-art genomic technologies, they have studied more than 1,000 rare diseases among 5,000 families worldwide and identified the genetic cause for 50% of the diseases they studied. Thousands of families have received a genetic diagnosis through Care4Rare, providing many essential insights and the best possible care.
All of our Canadian children’s hospitals are working to further this research and provide the public with a greater understanding of genetic disorders that may directly impact their families or people they know.
In honor of World Health Day’s 2020 theme, reach out to a health professional and be sure to thank them for their work. At CCHF, we work to ensure workers like nurses are equipped to help kids when they need it the most. Read more about World Health Day below.