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Muhammad Mamdani recipient of $1 million Dorothy Pitts chair

Toronto, January 17, 2014

Dr. Muhammad Mamdani
Dr. Muhammad Mamdani

Dr. Muhammad Mamdani, director of the Applied Health Research Centre, has been awarded the hospital’s first Robert and Dorothy Pitts Term Chair in Integrated Clinical Research. The chair is for a five-year term, from Jan. 1, 2014 to Dec. 31, 2018.

“I’m honoured to receive this chair. This chair will advance clinical research that incorporates a broad range of research disciplines to provide useful and timely knowledge for clinicians, policy-makers and the public, with the end goal of improving patient outcomes and enhancing the efficiency of the health-care system,” said Dr. Mamdani.

Dr. Mamdani, named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2011, says he will use the term chair to pursue clinical research that crosses barriers between different methodological areas, such as clinical trials, observational epidemiology, health economics and knowledge translation.

Dorothy Pitts became a long-time supporter of St. Michael’s after she spent some time here as a patient and wanted to find a way to give back to the hospital for the excellent care she received.

“She wanted to support clinicians doing outstanding research,” said Alayne Metrick, president of the St. Michael’s Foundation. “Although now deceased, the goal with her latest gift is to help St. Michael’s support another star, someone who can make a real impact on patient care. Her friends and family are thrilled that Muhammad was chosen because of the great work he does through AHRC.”

In the past, the Pitts have also supported:

Dr. Mamdani has a doctor of pharmacy from the University of Michigan, a master of Public Health from Harvard University and a master of arts in economics from Wayne State University. He has been at St. Michael’s since 2007 and director of the AHRC since its launch in 2009. The centre has generated over $50 million in clinical study funding and has developed partnerships internationally. At the moment, the AHRC is involved in more than 100 clinical research studies in more than 30 countries around the world.

See complete list of St. Michael’s chair holders.

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 27 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.