The green light given to a major project aimed at expanding the Montreal Heart Institute's Research Centre



    MONTREAL, June 26 /CNW Telbec/ - In a press conference held this
afternoon, the Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Yves Bolduc,
confirmed that the Montreal Heart Institute has been given the authorization
to expand its Research Centre at a cost of $33,915,000.
    In addition to $21,828,200 from the Government of Quebec, this project is
financed by the MHI Foundation ($10,021,900) and the Agence de la santé et des
services sociaux de Montréal ($1,833,300). The MHI, for its part, is
contributing the sum of $231,600.
    "This announcement shows that the Montreal Heart Institute enjoys the
confidence of the Government of Quebec, specifically as regards its leadership
role in cardiovascular research. This tangible support from the Government of
Quebec and the MHI Foundation will help create optimal conditions for
developing new knowledge and achieving important breakthroughs," said Mr. Jean
Royer, Chair of the Montreal Heart Institute's Board of Directors.

    Project Highlights

    The MHI Research Centre expansion project stands as a cornerstone in the
development of leading-edge research activities at the MHI and as a
progressive step forward in terms of its international influence and stature.
This construction project, slated for completion in the fall of 2011,
involves:

    
    - expanding the South block (Pavillon Jean-Louis Lévesque) by 6,599
      square metres, distributed over three floors;
    - adding three new fundamental research laboratories;
    - partially reorganizing the existing first three floors of the Research
      Centre's South block;
    - constructing a space that in future will be laid out and used for
      catheterization activities for research purposes.

    Project Spinoffs

    "The Research Centre expansion will have several significant effects on
the MHI, and these will translate into benefits for patients at the MHI, as
well as patients in Quebec and Canada," said Dr. Jean-Claude Tardif, Director
of the MHI Research Centre.

    It will make for:

    - the recruitment of many researchers of international stature and
      further progress for the excellent researchers already present at the
      MHI;
    - the addition of new research laboratories in genetics, arrhythmias,
      vascular electrophysiology, regenerative medicine, mathematical
      modelling and metabolomics;
    - the expansion of many fundamental research laboratories in vascular
      pharmacology, endothelial function, proteomics, cardiac biochemistry,
      cardiovascular imaging, atherosclerosis, coronary procedures, molecular
      electrophysiology and cardiovascular rheology;
    - the expansion and reorganization of the animal housing facility
      (particularly for transgenic mice);
    - the reorganization and expansion of clinical research infrastructures
      now partly located in temporary structures.
    

    "The Research Centre expansion will have major benefits in terms of the
MHI's capacity to achieve significant breakthroughs in the prevention and
treatment of cardiovascular diseases, while generating intellectual property
as well as profitable economic spinoffs for Quebec," added Mr. Robert
Busilacchi, Executive Director of the MHI.

    Research at the Heart of a Resounding Success

    On June 18, 2009, the Montreal Heart Institute and its partners received
$53 million for projects from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the
Government of Quebec. With these major investments in sophisticated medical
imaging, genomics, metabolics and high-throughput biology, the Montreal Heart
Institute will be thrust into the world's top ranks of cutting-edge
fundamental and clinical research leading to important breakthroughs in the
early and more refined diagnosis, prevention and treatment of cardiovascular
diseases. Together with its other infrastructures, such as the
Beaulieu-Saucier Pharmacogenomics Centre, the Centre for Excellence in
Personalized Medicine, and the MHI Research Centre, the MHI will continue its
transformative research leading to a more preventive, predictive and
personalized approach to healthcare.

    About the Montreal Heart Institute: www.icm-mhi.org

    About the Université de Montréal: www.umontreal.ca




For further information:

For further information: Doris Prince, Head, Communications and Public
Relations, Montreal Heart Institute, (514) 376-3330, extension 3074,
doris.prince@icm-mhi.org; Julie Chevrette, Communications Consultant, Montreal
Heart Institute, (514) 376-3330, extension 2641, julie.chevrette@icm-mhi.org

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