Million-dollar gift to help accelerate cancer research
MONTREAL, Sept. 22, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - McGill University's Division of
Urology has a long history of excellence in patient care, pioneering
urologic innovation, fundamental research and education. The Division's
legacy, thanks to the generosity of Lucien Rémillard and his family,
has just been strengthened.
On Sept. 20, McGill's Faculty of Medicine hosted businessman and
philanthropist Lucien Rémillard, his family and invited guests at an
event to officially announce the creation of the Yosh Taguchi Chair in
Urology. The new Chair will focus on cancer-related research in
"I have known Dr. Taguchi for several years and I have great admiration
and a profound respect for the work he has been doing in urology for
almost 40 years, treating thousands of patients, amassing knowledge and
training the next generation. I am deeply convinced that we must
sustain research and development in this field of medicine as well as
in many other areas," said Mr. Rémillard.
"When I found out that Mr. Rémillard wished to help urology by honouring
Dr.Taguchi, I immediately thought of establishing a Chair,'' explained
Dr. Armen Aprikian, Head of McGill's Division of Urology and
Urologist-in-Chief at the MUHC. "We have a very strong research
culture. It has been an integral part of the Division for more than 40
years and this Chair will continue to build on this tradition."
The $1 million Yosh Taguchi Chair in Urology, established at McGill and
to be based at one of the MUHC hospitals, is an academic appointment
that will serve to attract and retain a world-class scholar in the
field of urology and oncology. The recruitment of the first Chairholder
will begin over the coming weeks.
"These gifts are vital to the work being conducted at the University and
across its hospital network," said Dr. Samuel Benaroya, Interim
Vice-Principal of Health Affairs and Interim Dean of the Faculty of
Medicine at McGill. "Not only will this Chair give a tremendous boost
to the leading research that is ongoing, it will help us attract the
brilliant new talent that will realize the next wave of breakthroughs.
We are very proud to partner with the Rémillard family to help us
The Chair is being named in honour of Dr. Yosh Taguchi, a long-time
Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Urology at McGill and
Senior Urologist at the Royal Victoria Hospital of the MUHC. Dr.
Taguchi has dedicated the better part of his career to prostate cancer
research, treatment and training the next generation of urologists.
Outside McGill, he is best known for his best-selling books Private Parts: An Owner's Guide to the Male Anatomy and The Prostate: Everything you Need to Know about the Man Gland.
ABOUT McGILL'S DIVISION OF UROLOGY OF THE FACULTY OF MEDECINE
Research has been an integral part of the Urology Division at McGill
University for over 40 years.
By combining research and clinical expertise we provide for the patients
state of the art, cutting edge treatment modalities that are evolving
on a regular basis and keeping pace with all new technologies.
The Division of Urology currently has one of the largest contingents of
full-time primary appointed basic scientists in a surgical division in
Currently, urologic research at McGill covers all the important areas
with an emphasis on clinical and fundamental integration. The areas
include Oncology, minimally invasive surgical innovation and education,
Male Reproductive Biology and Sexual Function, Voiding dysfunction and
The Division is composed of 20 full-time urologists mostly practicing in
the five teaching hospitals and 7 full-time scientists attached to the
Research Institutes of the Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal General
Hospital, Montreal Children's Hospital and the Jewish General Hospital.
Urologic oncology and oncology research is concentrated at the Montreal
General Hospital with neurophysiology, electrophysiology, and
management of urinary incontinence and sexual dysfunction at the Jewish
General Hospital and research in infertility, andrology, BPH and stone
disease concentrated at the Royal Victoria Hospital.
The division has established a clinical trial program to conduct
investigator-initiated, cooperative group and industry-sponsored
trials. With 10 graduate students, seven fellows studying across the 5
teaching hospitals (MGH, RVH, JGH, MCH, and St. Mary's) the Division is
vibrant with research activity.
ABOUT THE YOSH TAGUCHI CHAIR IN UROLOGY
The new Chair will focus on cancer-related research in urology.
ABOUT DR. YOSH TAGUCHI
Dr. Yosh Taguchi is Associate Professor of Surgery (Urology) at McGill
University and a senior urologist at the Royal Victoria Hospital in
Yosh Taguchi earned his medical degree (MD) from McGill University in
1959, qualified as a Urologist in 1964 (FRCSC) and began his practice
in 1966. Early on, he was involved in basic transplantation research
for which he earned a PhD in 1970. His career has been spent at a
teaching hospital of McGill University, the Royal Victoria Hospital,
where he has helped train over a hundred young urologists.
He has published numerous scientific papers but is best known for his
three popular books meant for the general public. Private Parts: An
Owner's Guide to the Male Anatomy (1988); The Prostate: Everything You
Need to Know about the Man Gland (2001); and Zen in Action (2006).
ABOUT DR. ARMEN APRIKIAN
Professor, Department of Surgery/Urology, McGill University
Head, Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, McGill University
Director, Cancer Care Mission
Head, Department of Oncology McGill University Health Centre
Urologist-in-Chief, McGill University Health Centre
Dr. Armen Aprikian graduated from the University of Sherbrooke Medical
School in Quebec in 1985 and completed his urology residency training
at McGill University in 1990.
He then pursued a 3-year research and clinical fellowship in urologic
oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York City.
In 1993 he was appointed Assistant Professor of Surgery (Urology) at
McGill University and began his career in prostate and bladder cancer
research and as a clinical urologic oncologist.
In 1998 he became the McGill Division of Urology Training Program
Director and in 2001 established the Annual Canadian Senior Resident
Urologic Oncology Course, which runs to this day.
In 2004, he became the Head of the Division of Urology at McGill
University and in 2007 became full professor of surgery. Finally, in
2009 he was appointed the Medical Director of the McGill University
Health Centre Cancer Care Mission and Department of Oncology.
Image with caption: "Dr Yosh Taguchi (CNW Group/MCGILL UNIVERSITY)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110922_C5942_PHOTO_EN_3707.jpg
Image with caption: "Mr L. Rémillard and Dr Yosh Taguchi (CNW Group/MCGILL UNIVERSITY)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110922_C5942_PHOTO_EN_3709.jpg
Image with caption: "Mr L. Rémillard, Dr Yosh Tagichi, Dr Armen Aprikian (CNW Group/MCGILL UNIVERSITY)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110922_C5942_PHOTO_EN_3711.jpg
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