The Trillium Primary Care Research Forum is a collaborative effort among the three south-west Ontario Family Medicine programs, The University of Western Ontario, the University of Toronto and McMaster University. Each of the sponsoring Family Medicine programs enjoys an exciting and unique primary care research culture and Trillium offers a forum for these groups to come together and share their perspectives.
History of Trillium
Trillium Research Day began in the mid-nineties as an evolution of The University of Western Ontario's Research Day. Western's Day was well attended by family practice researchers from McMaster and U of T; so all three Departments decided to rotate the hosting and to explicitly give the Day more of a province-wide flavour – hence the name Trillium Research Day.
The University of Western Ontario's Research Day began in the late eighties, led by Dr. John Sangster who was inspired by the Michigan State annual family practice research day. The principles of the Michigan State research day were, (1) to be regional and (2) to nurture inexperienced researchers were emulated by Dr. Sangster.
For at least the past decade, the Trillium FM Research Day/Forum has rotated among Western, McMaster and U of T. Residents, faculty, graduate students and community-based clinicians enjoy presenting and sharing findings.
After the untimely death of Western's research director, Dr. Martin Bass, in 1996, the Keynote Speech at Trillium has been named the Bass Memorial Lecture, to honour his generosity, curiosity and support of young researchers.
The Trillium website can be found here.