The Montreal Heart Institute announces an important step in the development of the biobank

MONTREAL, Nov. 25, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - The Montreal Heart Institute announced today an important advancement for its hospital cohort and biobank.

The Institute received a second $3 million donation from Mr. André Desmarais and Mrs. France Chrétien Desmarais. This new important donation will accelerate new patient recruitment, as well as ensure long-term follow-up for some 30,000 patients involved, making it one of the largest longitudinal hospital cohorts in the world. This will also serve to enrich the biobank, connected to the Montreal Heart Institute, of genetic material and blood samples.

The cohort will therefore be renamed the "André and France Desmarais Hospital Cohort of the Montreal Heart Institute".

"The support of Mr. André Desmarais and Mrs. France Chrétien Desmarais has been continuous over the years through many forms. It is above all thanks to them that we were able to reach this level of excellence. With them, we will be able to take the next steps as a world-leading institute in research and save the lives of millions of patients suffering from serious cardiovascular diseases," said Dr. Tardif.

About the Montreal Heart Institute
Founded in 1954 by Dr. Paul David, the Montreal Heart Institute (MHI) constantly aims for the highest standards of excellence in the cardiovascular field through its leadership in clinical and basic research, ultra-specialized care, professional training and prevention. The MHI is affiliated with the Université de Montréal. Research Infosource ranks the Montreal Heart Institute the number one research hospital in Canada for research intensity and research income per researcher.

About the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation
The mission of the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation is to raise and administer funds to support the Montreal Heart Institute's priority and innovative projects to help in its fight against cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death worldwide. Since its creation in 1977, the Foundation has given more than $200 million to the Montreal Heart Institute.



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