TORONTO, Sept. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - Today, the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine launched a $500-million fundraising effort aimed at improving health in
Canada and around the world.
As a cornerstone of the University's overall $2-billion Boundless campaign, the Faculty of Medicine aims to transform health care by
training future health care leaders and putting scientific discovery
into action. The campaign's promise centres on the Faculty's unique
role as an integrator and catalyst for collaboration - across
university disciplines, within the Greater Toronto Area's unparalleled academic health sciences network and globally.
Dean Catharine Whiteside announced the campaign - the largest-ever fundraising initiative for a
medical school in Canadian history - at an event in the Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research that drew more than 300 supporters and members of the medical
community. To date, the Faculty has already raised $252 million towards
"The complexity of the health challenges we face today requires
solutions that can only emerge through innovation that is collaborative
and cross-disciplinary," said Whiteside. "The Faculty of Medicine's
integrating role uniquely positions us to spark the discoveries and
drive the changes that will transform health globally in the 21st century, with the help of our supporters."
The Faculty of Medicine's academic network is vast. In partnership with
nine fully affiliated health institutions and 18 community affiliates,
the Faculty's 6,800 academic and clinical faculty members educate more
than 8,600 trainees annually, including MD students, graduate and
doctoral students, health sciences professionals, residents and
fellows. To ensure these trainees have continued access to world-class
opportunities, the Faculty will seek to raise $100 million for student
programming and financial aid.
"Students in the Faculty of Medicine will become the next generation of
health professionals and leaders. They inspire me to be confident in
the future of health care in Canada and around the world," said Dr. Terrence Donnelly, a generous supporter of the faculty and chair of recruitment for the
Research in the Faculty of Medicine boasts a critical mass of expertise
in four areas, reflected in the campaign's strategic priorities; human
development, global health, neuroscience and brain health, and complex
diseases. To provide the Faculty's scientists with leading-edge
research technology, the campaign will seek to raise $200 million for
research programs and infrastructure.
Recruiting and retaining world-leading faculty is also a top priority
for the campaign, which aims to raise $200 million to support faculty.
"Our campaign will enable us to continue to attract and retain the best
academic talent in the world," said Whiteside.
For more information about the Faculty of Medicine's campaign, please
visit: www.medicine.utoronto.ca or http://boundless.utoronto.ca/medicine.
SOURCE: University of Toronto
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University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine