TORONTO, June 24, 2013 /CNW/ - Mount Sinai Hospital is pleased to
announce that Larry and Judy Tanenbaum have made a transformative $35 million gift in support of research at
the Hospital. In recognition of the gift, the Hospital's research
institute will be re-named the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute. The Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum is already ranked among the top ten medical
research institutes in the world and this gift will propel further
growth that will transform patient care in the future.
The gift by Larry and Judy Tanenbaum launches a major fundraising drive
with the goal of achieving a $50 million endowment to sustain and grow
the leading-edge research at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research
Mount Sinai Hospital Chairman, Jay S. Hennick, made the historic announcement today in Toronto with the Hon. Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario by the donors' side.
The gift will support the research of internationally recognized
investigators working towards the prevention, detection and treatment
of health conditions that are aligned with Mount Sinai's flagship
clinical programs. These include cancer, diabetes, rheumatoid
arthritis, maternal and infant health, neurodegenerative diseases and
mental health disorders. The Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute is
home to Canada's largest research team focused on maternal and infant
health and ranks #1 in diabetes research among academic hospitals
Mr. & Mrs. Tanenbaum have made their gift as a catalyst to inspire
additional gifts from the community, creating sustainable funding for
scientists at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum. Thanking Mr. & Mrs. Tanenbaum
was Brent S. Belzberg, Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation Chairman, who also heads the
Hospital's major fundraising campaign and will work with other donors
to take up the Tanenbaums' challenge and secure the full endowment
The Chairman of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd., Larry Tanenbaum
is one of the country's most influential and respected business, civic
and philanthropic leaders and today's announcement is the latest
chapter in over four decades of his volunteer and philanthropic
leadership at Mount Sinai. As a passionate advocate for medical
research, Mr. Tanenbaum has chaired Mount Sinai's research committee of
the board of directors and has been a strong voice for research that
asks "why?" and allows vision and creativity to fuel innovative medical
discoveries that will revolutionize patient care.
"Research is about finding answers to questions, where failure is more
common than success, and where the cost of success requires time,
patience and investment. Judy and I continue to be inspired and
rewarded by the researchers at Mount Sinai and the quiet success they
are achieving. Their discoveries are transforming the way that we understand
disease and this not only positions Canada as a leader in biomedical
research, but is leading the way towards how patients will be cared for
in the future." Larry Tanenbaum, Chairman of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd.
"Larry and Judy's gift today is an extraordinary example of what can
happen in Ontario when private and public investment work together. It
is an inspiring act that will support our research community and change
countless lives." The Hon. Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario.
"Larry and Judy Tanenbaum exemplify the very best of philanthropic,
civic and business leadership in this country. Their invitation to
other philanthropists to join them sets them apart as they inspire
others to stand up as role models in the community." Jay S. Hennick, Chair of the Board, Mount Sinai Hospital.
"Few leaders have the vision, patience and focus of Larry Tanenbaum. The
quiet generosity, and deep commitment to Mount Sinai of Larry and Judy
is deeply appreciated by the entire community. We are fortunate to have
them as proud Ontarians." Brent S. Belzberg, Chair of the Management Board and Governing Council,
Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation.
"One of the extraordinary things about the leadership that Larry and
Judy have shown in this country is that they have always seen their
philanthropy not as a gift, but rather, as an investment. Today, we
are grateful that they have invested in the future of health care. The
impact will be a future of more effective, targeted and efficient
treatment of disease." Joseph Mapa, President and CEO, Mount Sinai Hospital.
"I know I speak for all of the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum scientists at Mount
Sinai Hospital in thanking Larry and Judy Tanenbaum and their family
for this extraordinary commitment to medical research. I also know our
researchers will continue to make them, and the people of the wonderful
Province of Ontario, proud." Jim Woodgett, Director of Research, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research
"Our grandfather Samuel Lunenfeld and parents Reuben and Sybil Kunin's
vision for the importance of basic science research is shared by Larry
and Judy Tanenbaum. Our family is deeply connected with Mount Sinai and
the soon-to-be re-named Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute. We join
in the excitement of this day, and the Mount Sinai community's
appreciation of this gift." Michael Benzie, Barbara Hania and Mitchell Kunin.
Quick Facts about the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute of Mount
Ranked in the top ten of biomedical research institutes worldwide in
terms of quality of science.
Research budget for FY2013 was approximately $103.4 million.
Home to 34 principal investigators, 15 associate scientists, 215
Receives the highest competitive funding awards per investigator in
Houses the largest women's and infants' health research team in North
Considered to have the highest impact diabetes research team of any
research institute, worldwide.
Publishes more than 350 papers in leading scientific journals every year
― consistently achieving Canada's highest percentage of papers
published in the top one per cent of biomedical research journals.
Based on strengths in genetics and system biology, launched a high
profile initiative to integrate new advances in personalized medicine
into clinical practice ― with an initial focus on arthritis and women's
and infants' health.
Over one third of research scientists hold Canada Research Chairs,
ranking among the highest proportion of any research institute in the
Home to Canada's first super-resolution microscope and a leading edge
robotics facility that can analyze thousands of genes at a time.
Its Systems Biology team is considered to be in the top five worldwide.
SOURCE: Mount Sinai Hospital
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