$300 million, multi-year commitment aimed at accelerating progress to
reduce rate of death from heart disease and stroke by 25 per cent by
TORONTO, June 25, 2013 /CNW/ - The Heart and Stroke Foundation is making
an unprecedented $300 million, multi-year commitment to its newly
formed Heart and Stroke Foundation Research Leadership Circle, including 19 of Canada's leading research institutions.
This is the largest commitment to research in the Foundation's 60-year
history. Over the next 10 years, this initiative will direct the
majority of Foundation research dollars toward partner institutions.
This will accelerate the progress of the Heart and Stroke Foundation's
goal to reduce Canadians' rate of death from heart disease and stroke
by 25 per cent by 2020.
Dalhousie University (Halifax)
McGill University (Montreal)
McMaster University (Hamilton)
Montreal Heart Institute
Mount Sinai Hospital (Toronto)
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Queen's University (Kingston)
St. Michael's Hospital (Toronto)
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (Toronto)
University Health Network (Toronto)
University of Alberta (Edmonton)
University of British Columbia (Vancouver)
University of Calgary
University of Manitoba (Winnipeg)
University of Ottawa
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
University of Toronto
The Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto)
Western University (London)
The Heart and Stroke Foundation's Research Leadership Circle includes the following institutions:
"Simply put, there's an urgent need to save more lives faster and that's
why the Foundation has brought together the Research Leadership Circle," said David Sculthorpe, CEO, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.
"This $300 million commitment will allow our partners an unprecedented
ability to plan major research projects, foster greater collaboration
and attract even more of the world's best researchers within and
outside of Canada to fight these insidious diseases."
The Heart and Stroke Foundation has never committed funding at this
extraordinary level for this length of time. Since 1952, the
Foundation has provided more than $1.35 billion to heart and stroke
research - second only to the federal government. But, it has never
been an up-front commitment that can support long-term research
"The time has come to establish a new, more aggressive and coordinated
approach to ending heart disease and stroke, so we've partnered with
some of the highest performing researchers in Canada to get the job
done," said Irfhan Rawji, past Chair of the Foundation and one of the
architects of the Research Leadership Circle. "We're now counting on the generosity of Canadian philanthropists, our
millions of longstanding donors as well as new supporters, to join with
us to make this bold commitment succeed. We need our supporters to
embrace the challenge with the same vigor that our research partners
are applying to the cause."
Over the past 60 years, research has helped reduce Canadians' rate of
death from heart disease and stroke by approximately 75 per cent.
However despite these impressive gains, heart disease and stroke still
account for almost 30 per cent of all deaths every year in Canada.
Every seven minutes someone dies from heart disease and stroke, that's
nearly 69,000 people annually. These diseases are also a major drain on
the Canadian economy, resulting in spending of more than $20.9 billion
annually in physician services, hospital costs, lost wages, and
Each year, the Foundation funds almost 1,500 researchers in medical
institutes, universities, hospitals, and communities across the
country. This new approach commits longer term funding to partner
research institutions whose research programs are most likely to
advance Foundation goals.
Notwithstanding the advance commitments to the 19 Research Leadership Circle partners, the Foundation's merit-based, peer review process will
continue to govern all funding.
"As a researcher who has received funding from the Heart and Stroke
Foundation, I commend them for taking this innovative approach," said
Dr. Andrew Pipe, Chief of the Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation
at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. "It is great to see the
Foundation maintain the integrity of the peer review process and also
provide long-term research planning stability to these partner
institutions which has never been available in the past."
To learn more about the Research Leadership Circle, or to donate, visit www.heartandstroke.ca/researchcircle.
About the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
The Heart and Stroke Foundation, a volunteer-based health charity, leads
in eliminating heart disease and stroke, reducing their impact through
preventing disease, saving lives and promoting recovery.
Healthy lives free of heart disease and stroke. Together we will make it
SOURCE: HEART AND STROKE FOUNDATION
For further information:
Heart and Stroke Foundation
(416) 489-7111 ext. 482
Heart and Stroke Foundation
(613) 569-4361 ext. 273