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Image from Grand Opening of ELLICSRELLICSR: Health, Wellness & Cancer Survivorship Centre opened on National Cancer Survivors Day, June 6th of 2010. ELLICSR is designed as a collaborative space for health, wellness and cancer survivorship research bringing together researchers, health care providers, community organizations and cancer survivors. The 12,000 sq. ft. research centre is located at the Toronto General Hospital and was founded by Dr. Pamela Catton. This unique facility was made possible by grants from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Ministry of Research and Innovation, along with additional support that brought the budget to $3.7 M.

The goal of ELLICSR is to improve the cancer experience by exploring novel ways to learn from survivors, to develop new survivorship communities and to study how cancer survivors can be engaged, empowered and active in adopting healthier behaviours that minimize the negative  impact of cancer and its treatment. It is a spacious community centre with teaching and self-management areas for patients and survivors and is fully wired to support virtual programming, community connections and global collaborations.

By utilizing the resources of the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre as well as Centre for eHealth Innovation, and other UHN research programs, this 12,000 sq. ft. research facility can take advantage of the best and brightest minds at UHN  and attract shining stars in the fields of survivorship care and research.