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!
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.
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!
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.