Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy

Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy

February 03, 2010 11:28 ET

How Engineers Play a Pivotal Role in Health Care Advances

OCEPP kicks off 2010 Policy Engagement Series at Hart House on February 4, 2010 (noon to 2 p.m.)

Attention: Assignment Editor, Environment Editor, Health/Medical Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, MEDIA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - Feb. 3, 2010) - At the first Policy Engagement Series presentation of 2010, Dr. Kimberly Woodhouse will explore some of the behind-the-scenes ways in which engineers make substantial contributions to health care advances in Ontario. These include managing health-care institutions, introducing sustainability principles to hospitals, and creating innovations in biomedical engineering and regenerative medicine. As well, Dr. Woodhouse will examine how engineers help reduce health-care costs, innovate with technological research, and shape the future of health care in Ontario.

Dr. Woodhouse is an expert in the design of novel elastomeric materials made from synthetics and recombinant proteins and their application as tissue engineering scaffolds, particularly in the cardiac environment. She is a chemical engineering professor and dean of the Faculty of Applied Science at Queen's University, a scientist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and associate director of the Advanced Regenerative Tissue Engineering Centre. Formal recognition of her work includes a Premier's Excellence Award in 2000 and a Professional Engineers Ontario Engineering Medal in 1997. In addition, she has patented technology and has co-founded a biotechnology company.

About the Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy
Founded in 2008, the Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy is the only institute of its kind and is committed to bringing the voice of Ontario's 79,000 professional engineers and interns into public policy and to helping safeguard the public interest. The centre focuses on specific areas of research including smart infrastructure, tomorrow's energy solutions, healthy communities, and a new generation of engineering talent. OCEPP publishes The Journal of Policy Engagement six times a year. As well, the centre actively reaches out to members of the engineering profession, the academic community, policy-makers, opinion leaders and others interested in advancing the public interest. /For further information: Dr. Donald Wallace, Executive Director, 416-840-1078, dwallace@ocepp.ca; or Catherine Shearer-Kudel, Business Manager, 416-224-1100, ext. 1204, cshearerkudel@ocepp.ca./ IN: ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH, POLITICS

Contact Information

  • Dr. Donald Wallace, Executive Director, Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy
    Primary Phone: 416-840-1078
    E-mail: dwallace@ocepp.ca