Nearly $1.5 million for health research at the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM)

MONTREAL, Nov. 18, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - The IRCM Foundation gave $1,461,389 to the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal, a record contribution to the IRCM. At the Annual Dinner held on Wednesday, November 16, Hélène Véronneau, Director of the IRCM Foundation, revealed the amount given to the Institut for the year 2011.

"I want to thank our volunteers for their remarkable work, which allowed the Foundation to give the IRCM an exceptional amount this year," said Hélène Véronneau. "Thanks to this donation, innovative projects on diabetes, cancer, and neurosciences were made possible, thereby contributing to the well-being of our society."

The net results from the 2011 Annual Dinner were also unveiled: $162,450. This amount will, among other things, serve to grant scholarships to IRCM students and postdoctoral fellows.

"I sincerely thank our event's co-presidents, Edmée Métivier, IRCM Foundation Board member, and Patrice Bernard, Senior Vice President, Financing and Consulting at the Business Development Bank of Canada, as well as all other volunteers who supported their efforts," mentioned Alain Mayrand, President of the IRCM Foundation.

During the evening, the IRCM presented the 2011 Merit Award to Gérard A. Limoges, Chairman of the Institut's Board of Directors from 2005 to 2011.

"We have a very enjoyable task tonight, and that is to pay tribute to a man who chaired the IRCM's Board for more than six years," said Tarik Möröy, IRCM President and Scientific Director, and Louise Lambert-Lagacé, current Chairwoman of the Institut's Board. "We are presenting you with the 2011 IRCM Merit Award as recognition of your commitment and devotion to the institute, as well as your active participation in its growth and development."

"It is a great honour for me to receive this award," mentioned Gérard Limoges. "Although I cannot share the medal itself, I wish to share its merit. In fact, my work was not done alone. I had the opportunity to rely on the collaboration of the dedicated volunteers who held positions on the IRCM's Board."

The event, which brought together nearly 400 people from the business, academic and philanthropic sectors, was hosted by Normand Brathwaite, and ended with a show by the talented Canadian jazzman Rémi Bolduc and his ensemble.

About the IRCM Foundation
The IRCM Foundation supports the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal by raising funds to directly support scientific projects by the institute's researchers , technological development, and training activities by granting graduate and postdoctoral scholarships. These funds also help with the development and installation of new technologies, which are essential for the advancement of research. The IRCM Foundation is thereby an indispensable partner for the Institut.

About the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal
Founded in 1967, the IRCM (www.ircm.qc.ca) is currently comprised of 35 research units in various fields, namely immunity and viral infections, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, cancer, neurobiology and development, systems biology and medicinal chemistry. It also houses three specialized research clinics, seven core facilities and three research platforms with state-of-the-art equipment. The IRCM employs 425 people and is an independent institution affiliated with the Université de Montréal. The IRCM clinic is associated to the Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM). The IRCM also maintains a long-standing association with McGill University.

About Gérard A. Limoges
Gérard A. Limoges is a graduate from HEC Montréal and obtained the title of chartered accountant (CA) in 1967. He was then honoured with the Gold Medal from the Governor General of Canada for the highest grades in the country, and also received the Gold Medal from the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec. Gérard Limoges pursued his career at Ernst & Young Canada, where he held several important titles including that of President of the Quebec region. Today, Mr. Limoges is a corporate director, with vast experience in accounting, auditing, consulting, mergers and acquisitions in a wide range of sectors, including new economy businesses, service and retail companies, communications and transport businesses, financial institutions, insurance and real estate companies, and pulp and paper producers.

SOURCE Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal

For further information:

Lucette Thériault
Communications Director
IRCM
(514) 987-5535
lucette.theriault@ircm.qc.ca

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