Research Institute Marks New Era in Child Health History



    
       Launch of Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute for Child
                              and Maternal Health
    

    CALGARY, June 11 /CNW/ - Today, as part of their vision to find new
discoveries, treatments and cures for sick and injured children and their
families, the Alberta Children's Hospital and the University of Calgary
celebrated the launch of the new Alberta Children's Hospital Research
Institute for Child and Maternal Health.
    The institute was made possible by a $22.5 million gift from the Alberta
Children's Hospital Foundation to Reach!, the joint fundraising initiative of
the University of Calgary, Alberta Health Services and the Calgary Health
Trust.
    "This gift represents the generosity of many people who have contributed
to our Foundation in support of research," said Randy Findlay, chair, Alberta
Children's Hospital Foundation Board of Directors. "Three years ago, the
community helped open the doors to North America's most state-of-the-art
children's hospital. Today, they're opening doors to endless possibility... as
our Institute fuels crucial efforts to solve some of medicine's most pressing
mysteries."
    The Foundation and Reach! specifically acknowledge Husky Energy as a
prime example of community leadership for its contribution to the institute.
Husky announced a gift of $1.5 million to establish the Husky Energy Chair in
Child and Maternal Health. This Chair will support the work of the director of
the new institute, Dr. Brent Scott former vice dean Faculty of Medicine
University of Calgary and former head of pediatrics for Alberta Health
Services.
    "It is our desire that the Husky Energy Chair in Child and Maternal
Health provide health benefits to parents and families." said John C.S. Lau,
president & chief executive officer, Husky Energy. "The chair will be a living
legacy that will continue to give to future generations, ensuring that
children with health issues receive the latest in medical treatment and
technology."
    "We are committed to creating a pre-eminent centre for pediatric research
and education that is firmly anchored to the health concerns of children,
their families and the communities of southern Alberta," says Dr. Brent Scott.
"We are grateful to the community for its incredible support."
    The Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute for Child and Maternal
Health is a multi-facility institute with researchers located across two
principal sites - the University of Calgary Health Sciences Centre and the
Alberta Children's Hospital. Research activities will centre on six key areas
including fetal and maternal health, genetics, cancer, healthy living and
injury prevention with a focus on linking research findings to improving
patient care.
    "Today's announcement signifies an incredible long-term investment in our
community's greatest asset - our children," says Deb Gordon, senior vice
president, Alberta Health Services. "This investment in research will
translate into exemplary patient care for children and their families."
    "The launch of the new research institute is the start of an exciting
next chapter for our pediatric health community," says Brenda Mackie, Reach!
co-chair. "The generosity of the philanthropic community speaks to the
collective desire to enhance not only the quality of health care, but also the
quality of life for our youngest citizens."

    About Reach!

    Reach! is a $300 million joint fundraising initiative between the
University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services designed to raise targeted
philanthropic dollars to build on excellence within Calgary's existing health
system. Projects included within Reach! span the continuum of the health
system, from research and education to patient care and community health. Its
vision is to "build a new world standard of health". Since its launch in
October 2005, it has raised over $315 million to date. www.reachforhealth.ca

    About the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation

    The Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation raises funds for excellence in
child health and family centred care. Through the generosity of donors, the
Foundation provides funding for innovative programs, state-of-the-art
equipment, advanced medical training and internationally recognized pediatric
research. Its support for research dates back more than 30 years.





For further information:

For further information: Reach!: Lois Epp, Office: (403) 220-2945, Cell:
(403) 830-5647, Email: lois.epp@ucalgary.ca; Alberta Children's Hospital
Foundation: Belinda Lamb, Office: (403) 955-8821, Cell: (403) 803-3340, Email:
blamb@achf.com

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