2019 3rd Quarter Update

PSI News and Updates Cover photo with title 2019 3rd Quarter Update PSI Foundation Posted: October 31, 2019

In an effort to keep Ontario’s physicians and the general public more informed about PSI Foundation, we are providing quarterly updates about our activities and news. We welcome any feedback you may have about these updates.

In the third quarter of 2019, PSI Foundation has launched some exciting new initiatives. Read on to find out more.

Relaunch of Grantee Spotlights

PSI Foundation funds approximately $5 million in research and education every year, and all of these funded physicians help PSI to achieve our mission of improving the health of Ontarians. To help show how these grantees work towards solving problems that will improve Ontarians’ health, we are highlighting some of our grant recipients who represent various medical fields and funding programs in Grantee Spotlights posted on our website.

So far, the featured researchers include:

  • Dr. Sonny Dhanani, chief of pediatric intensive care at Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), whose team developed a tool using vital sign waveforms to predict whether a patient removed from life-sustaining therapy might be a potential organ donor
  • Dr. Peter Wong, a pediatrician in Toronto, who led research finding that shorter breastfeeding duration did not increase the risk of household food insecurity
  • Dr. Cindy Shen, a former resident with the University of Toronto, who studied the barriers that immigrants face in being screened for colorectal cancer

More spotlights will be added to the PSI website in the coming months. Follow #PSISpotlight on Twitter to stay updated.

More than $1 million in new funding approved

PSI Foundation’s Grants Committee approved 10 new grants in September 2019, representing an investment of $1,142,500.

The new grants are examining a range of topics, including the impact of pharmacare for children and youth with diabetes, traditional birth knowledge in a northern First Nations community, obesity prevention in toddlers and a tool to assess quality of care in medical assistance in dying. See the full list of the new grant recipients.

The Grants Committee thanks all applicants and external reviewers for their time and expertise.

PSI Foundation 50th Anniversary Update

PSI Foundation is marking its 50th anniversary on June 4, 2020. To help celebrate this milestone, we are funding a Mental Health Knowledge Translation Fellowship and Mid-Career Clinical Fellowship Award. We are looking forward to receiving applications from each medical university in Ontario for both of these awards.

The Grants Committee will be reviewing the applications for these awards in the near future, and results will be available towards the end of December.

We will be highlighting more of PSI Foundation’s achievements over the last 50 years throughout 2020. More details to come!


For more information about any of these topics, please contact the PSI Foundation office, and follow us on Twitter (@PSIFoundation) for updates.


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