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New series: Innovation Rounds will bring people together to learn, support, encourage, and discuss innovative ideas and solutions for health and the health care system and to facilitate relationships between health researchers, commercial partners, students, health centre foundations, and others.


Topic: Crowdfunding for Research: Engage the Public and Unlock New Funding

Crowdfunding is defined as raising small amounts of money from many individuals to help achieve a goal. Many successful general-purpose crowdfunding services exist, yet these websites do not list “science” or “research” as campaign categories. As a result, researchers in Canada have not had a place to call home in the crowdfunding world. By building Labfundr.ca, we have created one. Our goal is to strengthen support for researchers in Canada by helping them engage communities. Connecting researchers with people who are passionate about their work can boost awareness and increase the broader impact of research findings. Find out how crowdfunding works, ingredients of a successful campaign, and whether crowdfunding is right for you.

Presenter: Dr. Eric Fisher, Founder and CEO, Labfundr

Date & Time: April 12, 2017 8:00am—9:00am

Location: Weather Watch Room

5th Floor Dickson Building, VG Site, QEII

5820 University Avenue, Halifax

To Register: email elaine.strohm@nshealth.ca


Topic: “Adventures in Biotechnology: The Progression of DepoVax™ from Idea to the Clinic”

Immunovaccine Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to making immunotherapy more effective, more broadly applicable, and more widely available to people facing cancer and infectious diseases. The company develops cancer immunotherapies and infectious disease vaccines based on the DepoVax™ platform. This talk explores the development of the platform from the preclinical stage through to current clinical development, highlighting the unique challenges of developing new therapies in Atlantic Canada.

Speaker: Marianne Stanford, Vice President, Research at Immunovaccine Inc.  

When: Wednesday, November  9,  8-9 AM

Where: Weather Watch Room, 5th Floor Dickson Building, VG Site, 5820 University Avenue or remotely via Lync

RSVP to Elaine.Strohm@nshealth.ca


Topic:  How industry partnerships help move research into clinical care

Speakers:  Dr. Steven Beyea and Ms. Denise Lalanne, Biomedical Translational Imaging Centre (BIOTIC)

Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2016 8-9 AM

Location:  Weather Watch Room, 5th Floor Dickson Building (VG Site), 5820 University Ave. Halifax NS

Topic: TBA

Speaker: Dr. Daniel Boyd, Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer ABK Biomedical; Department of Diagnostic Radiology, School of Biomedical Engineering and Faculty of Dentistry, Dalhousie University

Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 8-9 AM

Location:  Weather Watch Room, 5th Floor Dickson Building (VG Site), 5820 University Ave. Halifax, NS

To Register Contact Research Development, NSHA and IWK: Elaine.Strohm@nshealth.ca or call 902.473.7564


Join us for the first Hacking Health Halifax Cafe! Hacking Health Cafés are informal meetups to discuss and debate digital health topics – where people and ideas mingle.

Hacking Health aims to transform healthcare by connecting healthcare professionals with designers, developers, innovators and entrepreneurs to build realistic, human-centric solutions to front-line healthcare problems.

Who should attend?  Anyone is welcome, so long as you have a passion for innovation and a willingness to share your expertise.


1st Annual Innovation Forum
Transforming Health Care: Three Big Ideas
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The IWK Health Centre is respected for its world-class research into disorders and diseases affecting women, children, youth and families and is home to many leading research centres. 

Learn more about our research centres by visiting one of the links below.