Transformative research and healthcare complex officially opens

February 2, 2015

MONTRÉAL, QUEBEC — Montréal enters a new age of healthcare research and delivery today with the official opening of the new facilities of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC). The institute received $99 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) — the largest grant ever awarded by the research infrastructure funding organization.

FUND: 2007 Research Hospital Fund - Large Scale Institutional Endeavours

The state-of-the-art research facilities, along with the adjoining super-hospital — scheduled to open in April — will enable new and transformative methods of delivering healthcare to Canadians. The centre houses physicians, nurses and researchers all under one roof where they will work alongside one another, using advanced diagnostic tools to further knowledge about diseases such as diabetes, cancer and respiratory illnesses. Treatments refined in the institute’s research labs can then be immediately applied in the operating room or the doctor’s office and doctors can, in turn, seek the expertise of researchers when necessary. Adopting a more holistic, efficient and integrated approach to medicine will benefit the entire health community: doctors, nurses, researchers and, most importantly, patients in need of medical care.

LISTEN: CFI-funded researchers talk about research in their new labs

The research institute merges the research branches of five city hospitals. It now incorporates the Centre for Translational Biology (CTB), the Centre for Innovative Medicine (CIM) and the Centre for Outcomes, Research and Evaluation (CORE). Taken together, the work done in these centres will help bridge the gap between biomedical research, clinical medicine and public health.

READ: A special commemorative magazine about the RI-MUHC

“This impressive centre brings together the brightest medical minds in a world-class facility where they are encouraged to share their ideas and improve the quality of life of Canadians,” says Gilles Patry, President and CEO of the CFI. “This fosters a strong culture of innovation in Canada.”

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