Health Sciences

Thunder Bay boasts a strong and innovative health sciences sector, including a local Medical School, DNA labs and a renowned research institute. 

Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) is a leading teaching and research hospital, serving all of Northwestern Ontario. 

The Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute (TBRRI) is an innovative, brand new facility equipped with advanced technology that attracts world-class talent. It is contributing millions of dollars to Thunder Bay’s economy and driving the growth of the Life Sciences Manufacturing cluster including innovative young businesses and ground-breaking research.

Health Sciences Sector Information

Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre

Healthy Together

Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) is a world-class acute healthcare facility. With patients and families at the centre of everything, TBRHSC serves all of Northwestern Ontario – with over 250,000 people, scattered over an area the size of France. 

Since it opened in 2004, TBRHSC has earned a reputation as one of Canada’s finest academic and research hospitals. Patients benefit from a team approach to healthcare delivery, state-of-the-art medical equipment, comprehensive services, a world-class cancer centre, the chance to be a part of leading edge clinical trials, and the expertise of some of the world’s leading healthcare providers.

TBRHSC is the largest employer in Thunder Bay, with over 2,600 employees. In addition, TBRHSC is the teaching hospital of choice for over 1,500 learners from nearly every healthcare discipline.  

The operating budget of approximately $300,000,000 (2012/13) contributes significantly to the local economy. In addition, patient-centred research, enabled by the Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute (TBRHRI), has generated thousands of jobs and garnered about $100 million in economic development for the region.

For more information including annual reports, please visit www.tbrhsc.net

Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute (TBRHRI)

Northwestern Ontario is a unique living lab with a poorer health status than the rest of the province. This massive catchment area – a region the size of France – is home to a single, tertiary healthcare provider. Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC), together with its research arm the Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute (TBRHRI) and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), are advancing care for the residents of Northwestern Ontario.  Through research, innovation and partnership TBRHRI plans to change health status disparity and positively impact the economy of our region in the process.

For more information or inquiries about TBRHRI please contact Janet Northan, Director, Strategic Partner Relations and Special Projects.  Janet can be reached via email at northaja@tbh.net or by phone at (807) 684-7217.

St. Joseph's Care Group (SJCG)

SJCG provides programs and services throughout the community and at 8 different sites, including: Balmoral Centre, Behavioural Sciences Centre, Hogarth Riverview Manor, Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital, Sister Margaret Smith Centre, St. Joseph’s Health Centre, St. Joseph’s Heritage and St. Joseph’s Hospital.

St. Joseph’s Care Group’s broad program areas are: Complex Care & Physical Rehabilitation Services, Mental Health & Addiction Services, and Long-Term Care Services. 

For more information on SJCG please visit their website: www.sjcg.net

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM)

Innovative Education and Research for a Healthier North

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) is committed to the education of high quality physicians and health professionals, and to international recognition as a leader in distributed, learning-centred, community-engaged education and research.

The School has developed and delivers a distinctive model of distributed, community-engaged, and socially accountable, medical education.

NOSM’s success is very much a result of many partnerships and collaborations with individuals, communities and organizations including Aboriginal and Francophone, hospitals and health services, physicians and other health professionals, universities and colleges, information communication technology organizations, and other medical schools.

With learners distributed across the North, communities have a vital role in welcoming and supporting students so that they develop a better understanding of living and working in a Northern Ontario community. For more information on NOSM please visit their website: www.normed.ca.

Regional Cancer Care

Thunder Bay’s cancer care is world class. They continue to lead Ontario in cancer treatment, diagnostics, and surgical wait times, and are rated highly in Canada for overall patient satisfaction. Their cancer care services span the northern region with prevention, screening, diagnostics, education, in-patient and out-patient treatment, surgical treatment, and supportive and palliative care.

Thunder Bay has gained international recognition in the rapidly growing biotechnology sector and has established relationships with experts in fields that will aid in the development of Biomarker Discovery Platform, the multi-application molecular screening technology for the identification of cancer biomarkers. 

For more information on Regional Cancer Care please visit their website: www.tbrhsc.net.

Lakehead University Paleo-DNA Laboratory

The Lakehead University Paleo-DNA Laboratory, established in 1996, is a research laboratory affiliated with the Lakehead University Centre for Analytical Services (LUCAS). The laboratory provides three functions: research, services and teaching. The research covers many aspects of DNA analysis; from the development and implementation of new extraction and purification methods through to their application. Research projects have involved modern and ancient human identification, species identification, and plant and animal genetics.

The Paleo-DNA Laboratory is a leader in mitochondrial DNA research, continually improving methodology, sensitivity and detection methods for DNA examination. Services include archaeological testing, paternity and relationship testing, human and species identification on a variety of sample types. As a University affiliated facility, the main objective is education. Courses and training programs are available to anyone who wants to learn more about the DNA process. 

Visit the website for more information at: www.ancientdna.com/

Genetic Health Inc.

Global Genetic Health Inc. was incorporated in 2012 and is located on the second floor of the historic Chapels Building. As DNA investigators Global Genetic Health is at the forefront of the science of DNA preservation and recovery of highly decayed and post mortem DNA. As a company, Global Genetic Health continues to build and strengthen our expertise in the biotechnology industry with a strong commitment to advancing scientific insight into new areas of DNA applications such as prenatal, lifestyle and preventative medicine. Global Genetic Health also offers training and consulting to police, medical professionals , industry and government agencies. Their core business is DNA Banking offered through the funeral industry throughout North America under the brands DNA Memorial and Lazarus DNA.



Strong Health Sciences Sector

Known as the centre for learning for researchers, students, teachers, and other healthcare professionals in Northwestern Ontario, Thunder Bay boasts a strong and deep health sciences sector, including patient care centres, a local medical school, and a renowned research institute. Ground-breaking health research and innovation is also driving the Life Sciences Manufacturing and Biotechnology industries in Thunder Bay.

Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre

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Northern Ontario School of Medicine

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Leading The Way in Health Sciences

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Career Opportunities in Thunder Bay's Health Sector

Healthcare in Thunder Bay is world-class. As the regional hub for health services in Northwestern Ontario, Thunder Bay serves a catchment population of 250,000 in a geographical area the size of France, and is a leading destination for clinical, teaching, research and health system leadership. Start or advance your health career in Thunder Bay. 

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