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May 28, 2015

1,663 People Visit the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning for Doors Open Toronto

By Carolyn Gooderham

The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) participated in Doors Open Toronto this past weekend (May 23-24), welcoming members of the public to visit the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning (PGCRL) and learn more about the amazing work taking place within our walls each day. With over 1,600 visitors, the event was a great success!

Group of visitors at the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning at SickKids


Scientists and trainees from some of our research programs and centres hosted interactive exhibits featuring family-friendly activities that demonstrate the research they do, in an approachable way. Fan favourites included “Extract Your Own DNA” from Genetics & Genome Biology and “Super Silly Sugars,” from Molecular Structure & Function which demonstrated how Cystic Fibrosis affects the lungs. 

Visitors enjoy the silly sugars exhibit at Doors Open Toronto SickKids volunteers demonstrate the silly sugars exhibit

Playing off this year’s Doors Open theme, Sports, Recreation and Leisure, the interactive dance floor, sponsored by the Centre for Healthy Active Kids (CHAK) kept everyone moving and grooving all weekend long!

Mother and child enjoy the interactive dance floor at Doors Open Toronto. Group of visitors enjoy the interactive dance floor

Guided tours were offered to the 19th floor and the Dr. Robert B. Salter Auditorium where visitors learned more about the PGCRL and the way it was designed to encourage collaboration amongst researchers. Thirty-eight tour groups – more than 600 people - had the opportunity to visit the space throughout the weekend, and take in the incredible view of the city. Visitors were also welcomed to share a birthday wish for SickKids, in celebration of the 140th anniversary.

Volunteers encouraged visitors to wish SickKids a Happy 140th Birthday Group picture of volunteers from SickKids at Doors Open Toronto