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May 23, 2014

SickKids brings science to the streets at Doors Open

TORONTO – On May 24 and 25, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) will join the city-wide celebration Doors Open Toronto, welcoming the public inside its new research tower, the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning. 

The Gilgan Centre is the new home for 2,000 researchers, trainees and staff, who were until recently scattered throughout six buildings across Toronto’s Discovery District. This $400-million tower, with 21 storeys of research space, was designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc. and built by EllisDon. It is believed to be the largest child health research tower in the world.

The building was designed to spark interactions between researchers with the goal of enhancing collaboration and fueling innovation in child health both locally and around the world. Like the building, the Doors Open experience at the Gilgan Centre is interactive and will provide a rare glimpse into the life of a health science researcher.  There will be guided tours of the Molecules, Cells and Therapies neighbourhood on the 19th floor, where visitors will see the open-concept three level collaborative spaces and get an amazing view of the city through the unique curved glass windows. On Saturday only, there will be presentations in the auditorium by Dr. Janet Rossant, Chief of Research at SickKids, and Duncan Higgins, Associate at Diamond Schmitt Architects.

All weekend long, there will be a variety of fun, family-friendly science activities for kids of all ages, including:

  • A hands-on exhibit that demonstrates how the lungs of patients with Cystic Fibrosis becomes sticky, making it difficult to breath and increasing bacterial infection.
  • NeuroART – an art display of brain images from 12 to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Volunteers from Neurosciences & Mental Health at SickKids will explain the images and answer questions from participants.
  • A large DNA double helix model made of pool noodles to explain research in genetics and genome biology. Participants will also have the opportunity to build their own DNA model using licorice, marshmallows and toothpicks. This exhibit also features colour blindness cards so participants can learn more about genetic traits.

Event details:
The Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning
686 Bay Street
Toronto, ON<
Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information check out the Doors Open website