Major Investment to Strengthen Capacity for Hospital-Based Research in Montreal

August 20, 2008

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MONTREAL, August 20, 2008— The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) announced today support for large-scale research infrastructure, under its Research Hospital Fund (RHF), for research in disease understanding and prevention, advanced therapeutics and optimal health care at the McGill University.

Suzanne Corbeil, Vice-President, External Relations and Communications for the CFI, was joined at the Royal Victoria Hospital by Mr. Jacques Gourde, MP Lotbinière-Chutes-de-la Chaudière, to make the announcement.

“The importance of the Research Hospital Fund cannot be overstated,” said Suzanne Corbeil, for the CFI. “It provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to ensure that Canadian research hospitals remain at the forefront of health research in the highly competitive international research environment, and will assist them in retaining their world-class scientists, and in training the next generation of health researchers.

“The investment we are making today will help bring together internationally renowned researchers who will pursue work on disease prevention, advanced therapeutics and the optimization of health care for Canadians,” said Mr. Gourde. “McGill is one of the most prestigious institutes for higher learning in Canada and one of the most distinguished research universities in the country. Some 160 countries are represented within its student body, which is the most international among Canadian universities offering medicine and PhD programs.”

“This award will help us achieve the kind of interdisciplinary, collaborative model of research that leads to great discoveries,” said Dr. Vassilios Papadopoulos, Director of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre. “The proposed design favours deconstruction of classical boundaries and creates an environment where novel programs will emerge and where clinical biomedicine will thrive. With clinical researchers and basic scientists from both pediatric and adult medicine working side by side with some of the best technology available, the RI will focus on improving the health of individual patients throughout their life cycle and make advancements that will benefit patients around the world.”

“The CFI’s decision is historic, reinforcing the vital relationship between McGill, the MUHC and their public and private partners on a project of this magnitude,” said Denis Thérien, McGill’s Vice-Principal of Research and International Relations. “We wish to acknowledge the crucial role the CFI has played in the success of this project and we applaud the CFI's vision in awarding this funding to such an important project.”

The Large-Scale Institutional Endeavours component of the RHF is designed for large-scale research hospital-based projects that require mostly space and other research infrastructure to support excellent research, training, and knowledge translation in one or more research themes of strategic importance to the hospital.

A complete list of the projects approved by the CFI to date is available here.

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is an independent corporation created in 1997 by the Government of Canada to fund research infrastructure. The CFI's mandate is to strengthen the ability of Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals, and non-profit research institutions to carry out world-class research and technology development that will benefit Canadians.

For more information:

Yves Melanson
Coordinator, Media Relations
Canada Foundation for Innovation
Tel.: 613-996-3160
Cell.: 613-447-1723
yves.melanson [at] innovation.ca
Julie Fortier
Associate Director/Directrice Adjointe
Media Relations Office
Université McGill
514 398-6751
julie.c.fortier [at] mcgill.ca


Rebecca Burns
Communications Co-ordinator
McGill University Health Center (MUHC)
514 843-1560
rebecca-anne.burns [at] muhc.mcgill.ca