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Russell Williams

Canadian Diabetes Association

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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How A Healthy Lifestyle Can Prevent Chronic Disease

We don't have to give up all our guilty pleasures to be healthy. By focussing on wellness and becoming our own health advocates, we can enjoy all of what life has to offer, the idea being that disease prevention is easier than treatment. The fact is that there are some very common sense things we can do to make wellness and health a personal priority.
05/02/2016 12:12 EDT
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How We Can Get To Zero On AIDS

For the past three years World AIDS Day on December 1st has been themed, "Getting to zero," which means zero new HIV Infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. Even with these promising new developments however, we cannot underestimate the challenges ahead in responding the AIDS epidemic. More than 71 thousand Canadians were estimated to be living with HIV in 2011 and there were 3,175 new HIV infections. Worldwide, there are a staggering 36 million people living with AIDS.
12/01/2015 10:52 EST
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Connecting Talent With Opportunity in Biotechnology

A strong bio-economy is essential for Canada to compete on the global stage. Each year, the bio-sector welcomes hundreds of new college and university graduates in all areas of the industry who are eager to enter the workforce and help fuel this exciting sector. That said, finding a match between the skill and the opportunity can be a challenge to both the graduate and the employer.
09/30/2015 05:34 EDT
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Clinical Trials Offer Hope for Canadians

Improving the climate for clinical trials will also attract research investment which will in turn create jobs in healthcare and within the knowledge economy for Canadians. Clinical trials are the building blocks for innovation in healthcare and allow Canadians access to life changing innovations
07/13/2015 12:26 EDT
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Canada's Rare Disease Strategy Needs to Become a Reality

There are more than 7,000 rare disorders and, by definition, each one of them impacts a small number of people. But overall, one in 12 Canadians suffers from a rare disease and about two-thirds of them are children. Adopting a strategy will give hope to many Canadian families who are struggling with the patchwork support systems throughout the country.
06/17/2015 05:27 EDT
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Dying With Dignity is Part of a Life Well Lived

The importance of quality palliative care gets overshadowed by our national debate over euthanasia or medically assisted death. There is a lack of understanding about what palliative care means and how it can help to ensure that we and those we love are able to make that journey to the end of life with dignity.
04/14/2015 09:09 EDT
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On Canada Day, Let's Celebrate Maternal Health

As we reflect on Canada Day, we can be very proud of the role we play globally in maternal child and newborn health. Thousands of doctors, nurses and field workers contribute daily across the globe supported by hundreds of thousands of Canadian volunteers and donors.
06/30/2014 01:16 EDT

Canada's Global Collaboration Revolution

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 th...
02/13/2014 01:01 EST
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Canadian Health Care Needs to Make Like the iPhone and Evolve

Incremental innovation has a real positive impact for patients -- it brings to bear the latest scientific thinking to improve safety, tolerability, efficacy and quality of medicines. Would we have ever realized the iPhone 5 if not for the hundreds of versions before it, as far back as the first cell phones in the 1980s? Like medicines and vaccines, each new version demonstrates incremental innovation -- tangible improvements that matter to people.
12/12/2013 12:28 EST
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Technology Improves Healthcare, So Why Is Canada Lagging?

The health sector appears to be lagging in the adoption of this kind of technological innovation despite the fact that information technology and smartphones are an integral part of our daily lives. The benefits of leveraging technological advances in the health world seem abundantly clear yet Canada continues to lag behind many countries.
11/07/2013 07:41 EST
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Can't Remember to Take Your Meds? There's an App for That

In our quest for solutions to big health care challenges, we can sometimes overlook the low-hanging fruit -- i.e. the small, practical changes that can bring about substantial savings and better health outcomes. Case in point: the cost-savings opportunities in medication adherence through incentives, health IT and data applications.
07/24/2013 08:30 EDT