London Free Press | Patrick Callen
More great ideas are coming out of Western University -- this time in health care.
Two Western students won the Health Innovation Challenge for their research into Ontario's organ donor program.
An essay by Alvin Li and Sonia Thomas -- both first-year masters students in epidemiology and biostatistics -- was chosen as the best in group health policy from a field that included more than 150 entries from nine provinces.
Their research shows a program founded in Ontario in 2007 to reimburse the expenses of living organ donors and protect their jobs has spurred more organ donations and saved Ontario a ton of cash.
Since 2008, it's reimbursed 658 potential and actual living donors, Thomas said.
"It also improves the outcome for the recipient. It's a lot healthier. Their survival is longer and their quality of life is improved," she said.
In its third year, the Health Innovation Challenge looks for creative health-care ideas from Canadian post-secondary students. Thomas and Li received $1,000 each and the opportunity to apply for a summer internship at the Health Council of Canada.Read more: http://www.lfpress.com/news/london/2012/04/08/19607366.html