Establishing a Centre for Heart Research
An historic private donation is set to aid in the establishment of the brand new Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research. The unprecedented $130 million gift is the largest private donation in the history of Canadian healthcare, and it will bring together a variety of experts to address heart failure across the human lifespan.

The funding will assemble the strengths of organizations such as The Hospital for Sick Children, The University Health Network, and The University of Toronto, specifically in the specialized areas of personalized genomic medicine, tissue engineering, and advanced cardiac care.

The Fight to Reduce Heart Failure

This partnership of organizations comes together to address a very important common goal: to reduce heart failure in Canada by 50 percent over the course of the next decade. For Mrs. Loretta Rogers, wife of the late Ted Rogers, this gift means much more than an ordinary donation.

“[The Rogers family is] thrilled to be able to bring the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research to life. We know Ted would have been proud of this bold initiative that will improve heart health for all,” said Mrs. Rogers.

During the last few years, treatment of heart disease has become a significant economic strain for the Canadian healthcare system. Estimates of the cost attached to comprehensive care for moderate and severe heart failure patients in Canada have been projected to reach as high as $2.3 billion.

According to Dr. Barry Rubin, program medical director and chairman of the Munk Cardiac Centre and professor of surgery at U of T, “Today, one million Canadians are living with heart failure, and that number is projected to increase 25 per cent over the next 20 years.”

The Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research

Developing innovative therapies by bringing together the best and brightest minds is ultimately the path that the new centre will take to improve quality of life for patients suffering the effects of heart disease. The centre will bring together in excess of 30 clinicians and researchers from the various partner institutions.

These experts will be joined by as many as 80 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and clinical fellows that will represent the future direction of the field. The centre is also intended to become a magnet for attracting top-tier research talent from all over the world, which will help to solidify Canada’s global position as one of the foremost trailblazers in the field of cardiac care.

According to Meric Gertler, president of U of T, “The Toronto region is home to one of the world’s largest biomedical science and health education clusters. This exceptionally powerful network of researchers and educators is translating exciting ideas, innovations and therapies in stem cell research and regenerative medicine into clinical settings [to address] challenging problems across the spectrum of heart disease.”

Meric went on to add, “With its pioneering spirit and innovative approach, the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research will be a world-class collaboration and a most fitting tribute to its namesake.” To learn more about the Centre and its’ mission, check out their website today!


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Posted by: DSR
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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