An international award for the future CHUM Research Centre

MONTREAL, Sept. 12, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The future CHUM Research Centre (CRCHUM) has received Infrastructure Investment Award for Best Social Project, 2012, from Great Britain's World Finance magazine.

This award is intended to identify and give international exposure to major infrastructure projects and their developers. World Finance's authorities note that the CRCHUM received this award because of the major social value of the future research centre, a health research infrastructure reference. Moreover, the future CRCHUM was awarded this distinction because it will bring together the largest concentration of biomedical researchers in Quebec.

This award underlines the managerial qualities of our partner Recherche Montréal, a limited partnership formed by Fiera Axium Infrastructure and Meridam Infrastructure which has managed this project with rigour and professionalism since the beginning.

"We are very proud of this international award," says Jacques Turgeon, Director of the CRCHUM. Rated as exceptional by the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé in March 2012, the CRCHUM will be in a position to build upon this excellence by creating a one-of-a-kind research centre that integrates basic research, clinical research and population health research under a single roof. This concentration of wide-ranging expertise focused on chronic diseases in adult populations will make it possible to understand and tackle diseases in a comprehensive, multifaceted manner: identification of the underlying causes of diseases, early diagnosis, prevention and treatment. "This synergetic environment will enable researchers from different disciplines and approaches to work together in a continuum to deal with diseases before and after they occur, something which very few research centres in the world can do at present. The CRCHUM is a major project that will have a significant social impact for patients and the population", notes Jacques Turgeon.

For Pierre Anctil, President of Fiera Axium Infrastructure, this Infrastructure Investment Award for Best Social Project, is indeed a significant honour: "Given its downtown location, the construction of the new CRCHUM involved overcoming many engineering and urbanism challenges, which we accomplished by working as a team with the CHUM, the Accès Recherche Montréal consortium, Pommerleau-Verreault and all the other partners. It is an ambitious, complex and innovative project which we are proud to have been part of."

The construction of this new facility, which will include the CRCHUM and the Centre intégeré d'enseignement et de formation, got underway in 2010 and has moved forward quickly and on schedule. Located adjacent to the hospital, the CRCHUM will house 350 researchers, 450 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and 500 technical and administrative personnel currently working in several different sites throughout Montreal.

About the CHUM
The Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM) is one of the largest teaching hospitals in North America. Known for excellent care and the expertise of its specialists, every year it welcomes more than half a million patients not only from the greater Montreal region but also the entire province of Quebec. The essence of its mission is the application of innovative approaches to healthcare, the search for new knowledge, the promotion of health and the transfer of knowledge. Boasting a rich history, the CHUM is looking to the future with the ongoing construction of new facilities and its research centre in downtown Montreal, a comprehensive project on a single site valued at nearly $2.5 billion. The CHUM Research Centre will open its doors in 2013. It will be followed in 2016 by the inauguration of the new CHUM, a world-class teaching hospital in tune with its community where it plays a major role, in a socially aware perspective of sustainable development and concerted urban approach. It is also an active member of the Réseau universitaire intégré de santé (RUIS) de l'Université de Montréal.

About the CRCHUM
The University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) is the research arm of the CHUM. Its research activities directly contribute to the hospital's mission: health care, teaching, research, health promotion and technology evaluation. The CRCHUM improves the health of adults through a high-quality academic research continuum which, by improving our understanding of etiological and pathogenic mechanisms, fosters the development, implementation and assessment of new preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic strategies. The CRCHUM provides a training environment to ensure the development of new generations of researchers committed to research excellence.

About Accès Recherche Montréal
Accès Recherche Montréal is a limited partnership formed by Fiera Axium Infrastructure and Meridiam Infrastructure, whose responsibility is financing, designing, building and maintaining the CHUM Research Centre (CRCHUM) since May 2010. It has partnered with Consortium Pomerleau Verreault S.E.N.C. to carry out design and construction activities for this building, whose inauguration is slated for September 2013. Maintenance activities for the balance of the 30-year term have been assigned to Honeywell Ltd.

Image with caption: "Director, Corporative Communication, World Finance; Jacques Turgeon, Director, CRCHUM, Sylvain Villiard, Secretary General and Associate Executive Director, CHUM; Dominic Chalifoux, Vice-président, Fiera Axium Infrastructure; and Dr. François Lespérance, Associate Executive Director, Medical and Academic Affairs and Director of Professional Services, CHUM, attended the ceremony during which the CRCHUM received the Investment Infrastructure Award 2102 in the Best Social Project category from Great Britain's World Finance magazine. (CNW Group/CENTRE HOSPITALIER DE L'UNIVERSITE DE MONTREAL)". Image available at:


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Communications Division
Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM)

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Sylvie Robitaille
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Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM)
Telephone : (514) 890-8000, extension 15262
Pager : (514) 801-1101

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