March 21, 2019 - The Montreal Heart Institute Foundation is pleased to announce a $4 million financial contribution from The Morris & Rosalind Goodman Family Foundation. This generous donation will be dedicated to innovative research projects currently underway at the Montreal Heart Institute. The Montreal-based family foundation thus confirms its role as an invested partner in the cardiovascular health research projects orchestrated at the Institute, helping to save and improve the lives of tens of thousands of patients.
January 30, 2019 - The Montreal Heart Institute is happy to announce a $1,000,000 financial contribution from the J. Armand Bombardier Foundation which will go towards the COLCOT study, currently in progress at the Montreal Heart Institute. This study is aimed at preventing heart attacks, strokes and deaths by developing an accessible and affordable drug from a plant extract.
The COLCOT clinical study looks into evaluating the benefits of using colchicine as an anti-inflammation drug to prevent heart attacks, strokes and deaths among patients who recently had a heart attack. No other similar project, nationally or internationally, addresses this essential issue among patients who suffered a recent heart attack. This study’s positive results, should they manifest, will once again help the Institute shine in terms of excellence, innovation and medical research.
Sun Life Financial
One-of-a-kind diabetes prevention clinic in Canada
November 14, 2018 - In celebration of World Diabetes Day, the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of the Diabetes Prevention Clinic sponsored by Sun Life Financial. The only one of its kind in Canada, this multidisciplinary program will launch in December at the Montreal Heart Institute's EPIC Center, the largest center for cardiovascular disease prevention in the country. This initiative is made possible by a major donation of $450,000 from Sun Life Financial.
Dr. Martin Juneau, Director of Prevention at the Montreal Heart Institute, will be the clinic supervisor. He will lead a multidisciplinary team consisting of a nurse, kinesiologist, nutritionist and medical staff including cardiologists, internists and general practitioners.
September 19, 2018 - As part of Healthcare Simulation Week, the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation announced the creation of the only Simulation-Based Education Program in the country completely dedicated to cardiology. Canada’s first program of its kind at the Montreal Heart Institute (MHI) is made possible thanks to a $1.5 million donation from RBC Royal Bank.
Assisted by a team of simulation experts, Dr. Nicolas Thibodeau-Jarry, cardiologist and medical education specialist, will lead this new innovative program that will have a major impact on the optimization of training for professionals and care for patients. New positions will be created to develop and implement the Simulation-Based Education Program, which will be established, as of this month, at the Montreal Heart Institute and overseen by the MHI’s education department.
September 17, 2018 - The Montreal Heart Institute Foundation and St. Boniface Hospital Foundation have announced that several major research projects on women’s cardiovascular health will be made possible thanks to a $2.5 million donation from The Molson Foundation.
These new research projects, carried out in collaboration with St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, will allow the Montreal Heart Institute’s specialists and their teams to further the research in specific fields such as sexual hormones and cardiac arrhythmia, genomic interactions in cardiovascular disease and their treatments, fertility and cardiovascular disease in women, genetic insights from the biobanks, sexual differences in treating heart failure, and differences between sexes in clinical trials.
For 20 years, the Foundation has been honoured to recognize the excellence of young clinical and fundamental researchers at the Institute who stand out for their active participation in scientific life.
Each year, a young researcher is given the very special distinction of the Martial G. Bourassa Award.
This year, the Martial G. Bourassa Award was presented to Dr. Catherine Martel.
It is important for the Foundation to support the Institute in its mission of research so that specialists and researchers continue to make discoveries that change the lives of patients.
Dr. Martial G. Bourassa, emeritus cardiologist who has worked more than 47 years at the Institute, is the instigator of the Bourassa Awards. He championed new coronarography techniques in North America and Europe and he was the first research director and founder of the Institute's Desmarais Family Research Centre.
The Bal du Coeur, a fundraising activity of the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation, was implemented by Mr. Tony Meti to ensure the sustainability of a scholarship program for the academic development of physicians.
This year, the Bal du Coeur Scholarship was awarded to Dr. Julia Cadrin-Tourigny, Dr. Émilie Lévesque, Dr. David Puissant and Dr. François Simard.
The Bal du Coeur fund is aimed at promoting and financially supporting the fellows as part of their postgraduate studies. By encouraging continuing education, the award also aims to contribute to the development of the fellow's field of expertise. In doing so, the Montreal Heart Institute continues its tradition of excellence to maintain its position as a leader among the world's leading cardiology centres.
The 2018 edition of the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation annual conference, with 188 in attendance, took place on May 25 at the Leonardo da Vinci Centre. For the first time, it was preceded by a VIP cocktail, primarily for the members of the Cercle des visionnaires and people accompanying the Foundation in planned giving. The President of the Montreal Heart Institute, Madame Mélanie La Couture, the Chief Executive Office of the Foundation, Mrs. Josée Noiseux, Dr. Anique Ducharme and Mr. Jean Gravel had the pleasure to speak to the guests and thank them for their loyal and generous support dedicated to the advancement of cardiovascular medicine.
Thanks to all the participants for their support and enthusiasm for this evening!