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Heart and Stroke Foundation chooses St. Michael’s Hospital and others to be part of new funding approach

Toronto, June 25, 2013

By Kate Taylor

Dr. Howard Leong-Poi
Dr. Howard Leong-Poi

St. Michael’s Hospital is one of 19 institutions chosen to be part of a new funding commitment from the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

The $300 million in research grants will be received by these leading research centres over 10 years and is aimed at accelerating progress to reduce the rate of heart disease and stroke by 25 per cent by 2020.

Dr. Howard Leong-Poi, a Heart and Stroke-funded researcher and head of cardiology at the hospital, said the donation will go a long way to improve patient care.

“This commitment is a much-needed shot in the arm, and gives us the security we need to build even stronger, more collaborative research programs that are sustainable and impactful,” Dr. Leong-Poi said.

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 gains, heart disease and stroke still account for almost 30 per cent of all deaths every year in Canada.

“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.”

This is the largest commitment to research in the foundation’s 60-year history. Since 1952, the foundation has provided more than $1.35 billion to heart and stroke research.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Research Leadership Circle also includes: Dalhousie University, McGill University, McMaster University, Mount Sinai Hospital, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Queen’s University, University Health Network, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, University of Calgary, University of Manitoba, University of Ottawa, University of Ottawa Heart Institute, University of Toronto, University of Western Ontario and the Montreal Heart Institute.

To learn more about the Research Leadership Circle, or to donate, visit www.heartandstroke.ca.

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 happen.

About St. Michael’s Hospital

St Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in more than 23 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, care of the homeless and global health are among the Hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and education at St. Michael’s Hospital are recognized and make an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.