Russell Williams
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Russell Williams is a passionate advocate for innovation in health care. He is Vice President, Government Relations and Public Policy of the Canadian Diabetes Association and Chair of Board of the Canadian Frailty Network.
Russell was President of Innovative Medicines Canada (formerly Rx&D), an association of over 50 innovative life sciences companies from 2004 to 2016. From 1989 to 2004 he served as the Member of the National Assembly for the riding of Nelligan in Montréal where he advocated for many causes, including better patient care, improved emergency services, increased research and development, as well as reform for handicapped services.

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Canada Still Has A Chance To Reverse Its Diabetes Epidemic

(1) Comments | Posted November 24, 2016 | 11:12 AM

Earlier this year I retired after a dozen years as president of Innovative Medicines Canada. Shortly after I took an assignment with the Canadian Diabetes Association and the opportunity to work on what is one of Canada's largest and most perplexing challenges: our diabetes epidemic.

For years public health...

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Creating A Clinical Trial Strategy For Children's Health Research

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2016 | 1:11 PM

Over the past few decades, children's health has arguably made some of the greatest gains. Infant mortality in most developed countries has fallen dramatically from an estimated 30 per cent to less than one per cent. Infectious diseases, the primary cause of infant mortality, have been addressed with better sanitation...

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How A Healthy Lifestyle Can Prevent Chronic Disease

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 12:12 PM

The legendary humourist Mark Twain once lamented that the only way to stay healthy is, "to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not."

His tongue in cheek remarks are something to keep in mind when the temptations of rich food, salty...

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How We Can Get To Zero On AIDS

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2015 | 9:52 AM

The Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto is a great place to visit to learn about the players who earned their place in history after long and illustrious careers. However, few Canadians may know that there is also a Medical Hall of Fame and one of the most...

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Canada Must Address The Health Needs Of Its Aging Population

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 10:41 AM

We all want to live long, healthy lives and watch our children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren grow up. We're fortunate to live in an era where the average life expectancy is today over 80 years young.

Unfortunately, the flip-side of Canadians living longer and generally healthier is that many older...

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Connecting Talent With Opportunity in Biotechnology

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 5:34 PM

For parents it can be the best part of the year: back to school! And in a classroom somewhere there is a budding Dr. Frederick G. Banting, Dr. Werner Kalow, or Dr. Michael Smith waiting to make a breakthrough in life-science research. Canadian students...

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What Personalizing Health Care Might Mean for You

(0) Comments | Posted August 16, 2015 | 10:32 PM

The idea that viruses derived from an insect and the common cold can be used to fight cancer may sound like science fiction, but it's not.

Canadian researchers have recently begun a clinical trial, funded by the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, to investigate whether the two virus...

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More Clinical Trials Are Good For Canada

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 12:03 PM

Even in her darkest days living with a rare disease, Maureen Smith held out hope that research would provide her best chance to live a full, productive life.

Ms. Smith doesn't produce growth hormone. In her youth, she endured osteoporosis, suffered a fractured hand, broke her back, became morbidly obese...

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Canada's Rare Disease Strategy Needs to Become a Reality

(2) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 5:27 PM

Listening to Kate White tell her story, it doesn't take long to realize why Canada needs a rare disease strategy.

Kate is an energetic 24-year-old Ottawa woman who describes herself as an "all too rare, rare disease success story." She and her older sister Meghan have been diagnosed with...

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Dying With Dignity is Part of a Life Well Lived

(2) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 9:09 AM

The importance of quality palliative care gets overshadowed by our national debate over euthanasia or medically assisted death. There is a lack of understanding by Canadians about what palliative care means and how it can help to ensure that we and those we love are able to make that journey...

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Providing Paid Leave For Canada's Caregivers Is a Win-Win

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 11:24 AM

The practice of providing paid leave for employees to take care of a sick family member or friend -- a fairly new social benefit in Canada -- is becoming much more widely available. Upon first glance, that's a good thing for individuals. But if you look a bit deeper, it's...

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Why Canada Is Looking More Attractive to Global Health Researchers

(3) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 5:15 PM

As my fellow Huffington Post blogger Paul Hong recently pointed out, the last week of September was a good one for Canada on the trade front. On the heels of signing the Korea-Canada Free Trade Agreement, Prime Minister Harper hosted a summit with the European Union (EU) to...

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From the Slide Rule to Super Computers - 50 Years of Health Research

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2014 | 12:56 PM

Over the past two decades, we have seen some incredible advances in medical research with people living longer and healthier lives. Collaborative multi-disciplinary research models, a greater understanding of the human genome, and cutting edge information technology have taken medical research farther and faster than we ever thought possible. Yet...

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On Canada Day, Let's Celebrate Maternal Health

(3) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 1:16 PM

Late last month the world was focused on Toronto as Canada hosted the Global Summit on maternal, child and newborn Health called Saving Every Woman Every Child.

Prime Minister Harper was joined by her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, His Highness the Aga Khan, Ban...

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Canadians Have a Bright Future In Innovative Healthcare

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 5:38 PM

One of Canada's biggest economic opportunities is to find solutions that will result in a greater number of Canadian ideas making it into the marketplace. Innovation -- the creation of a new product, new service or an improved way of doing something better than something that existed before -- is...

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How the Empowered Patient is Changing Healthcare

(3) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 5:36 PM

A recent report on Canada's healthcare system shows that there is a big and growing disconnect between patients and our healthcare system. The Ivey Business School's International Centre for Health Innovation has shown that patients are now the primary force behind the uptake of healthcare innovation. As Canadians embrace and...

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Canada's Global Collaboration Revolution

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 12:00 PM

Over the past few years, we have seen rapid change in health research with the adoption of faster and more powerful information technology being applied to our growing understanding of genomics and the human body. A better understanding of the impact of genetics in disease will enable customization of healthcare...

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Canadian Health Care Needs to Make Like the iPhone and Evolve

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 11:28 AM

In my last post, I considered the adoption of technology in Canada and looked at the sweeping improvements related to healthcare being brought to Canadians and how individuals can manage their medical information. Canadians are living longer; in fact, the average life span has increased by 30 years over the...

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Technology Improves Healthcare, So Why Is Canada Lagging?

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 6:41 AM

In my last post I examined some of the technological solutions being adopted to address the "vexing problem" of medical adherence, where patients do not follow through with their prescribed treatment. With the costs associated with nearly 50 per cent of patients not taking their medicine as prescribed, leveraging technological...

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Can't Remember to Take Your Meds? There's an App for That

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 8:30 AM

Ensuring the sustainability of our health care systems is a challenge preoccupying our federal, provincial and territorial governments.

Given our changing demographics, the persistent existence of poverty and social marginalization, the increasing incidence of obesity and chronic conditions like diabetes, and the simple fact that an aging population requires...

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