RI-MUHC ANNUAL REPORT 2023
Together, we have the means to leverage discoveries that improve the health of patients across their lifespan.
The MUHC Foundation provided over $16.3M to the Research Institute of the MUHC in 2022-2023 to support new, innovative research.
Over $5 million in donations will support the new McGill Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Centre, a joint initiative between the RI-MUHC and McGill University. Led by RI-MUHC scientist Dr. Dao Nguyen, the AMR Centre is finding solutions to antimicrobial resistance, which occurs when microbes become resistant to antibiotics and disinfectants. With donor support, the AMR Centre is developing coatings to kill microbes on contact, for use on everything from handrails to hip replacements; searching for new antibiotics in unlikely places, such as the Arctic; and much more. The MUHC Foundation is grateful to Power Corporation of Canada, Rio Tinto, Vincent Chiara and the Hewitt Foundation for supporting this important initiative.
In October, the MUHC Foundation teamed up with Pink in the City to raise $203,000 through the Raise Craze head-shaving event and a glamorous gala. All proceeds from these events are supporting metastatic breast cancer research to help more women survive this deadly disease.
Over the past year, the MGH Foundation has invested $7.1 million to support health research, thanks to the generosity of its community. Research programs would simply not exist without the outstanding people behind them. That is why 77% ($5.5M) of the sum went to support talent and expertise, making sure that our hospital and its research institute can attract and retain excellent clinicians and researchers.
The MGH Foundation also provides annual funding to brilliant, dedicated and deserving research candidates through the CODE LiFE Research Awards.
For 50 years this year, the MGH Foundation has worked with a community of medical professionals and generous donors to identify and support transformative healthcare initiatives with impactful long-term results. As an example, the Living Biobank developed by the MGH’s Division of Thoracic Surgery is now a leading international project that aims to develop personalized treatments to increase the survival rate of people with therapy-resistant cancers.
Through visionary donors, leading researchers, and unique incubators such as the Clinical Innovation Platform (CLIP) at the RI-MUHC, the MGH Foundation helps to build the future of medicine.
Working closely with the MGH Foundation, the MGH Auxiliary volunteers raise funds for the care and comfort of patients and for medical research and medical equipment at the MGH site of the MUHC.
Support for the RI-MUHC in 2022-2023: Over $9 million
Once again this year, loyal donors to The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation (The Children’s Foundation) generously supported innovative research to transform pediatric care and mother-child health. We’re eternally grateful for their vital contributions. Thanks to the Unexpected Ways to Heal campaign, which started on April 1, 2019, The Children’s Foundation has already received over $20M in donations and pledges for major research projects.
The Biotherapies Centre of Excellence continues its innovative project of studying the effects of biological therapies on children with auto-immune diseases. Led by Dr. Christine T. McCusker, this new personalized approach collects data and monitors treatment and eventual side effects on young patients in real time.
Two other projects have also shown real promise. The clinical research unit at the Montreal Children’s Hospital is opening access to clinical trials for all patients, including adolescents and young adults. In addition to improving the quality of life of patients, these alternative therapies increase survival rates. And with the creation of a database to analyze environmental toxins and their effects on health, the Toxic Environment and Child Health project led by Aimee Ryan, PhD, will further our understanding of the effects of environmental dangers on pregnant women, unborn children and newborns.
The Cedars Cancer Foundation helps fight cancer from every angle, for every cancer type and every need, regardless of the patient's age, throughout and beyond treatment.