Health Matters Summer 2018

The MUHC Foundation celebrates a historic $15 Million donation to the RI-MUHC and McGill.

 A $15-million gift from the visionary Montreal-based Doggone Foundation will launch the McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity, a unique and highly collaborative endeavour that will harness the scientific expertise, resources and creativity of researchers at McGill University, the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and affiliated research partners in the battle against infectious and immune-related diseases.

McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine and the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) will each receive $7.5 million for the project.

This initiative will bring together more than 250 investigators from McGill and its affiliated hospitals and research centres to develop innovative solutions to infectious and immune threats to human health – and translate those discoveries from the lab to patients and hospitals across Canada, and around the world.

Dr. Don Sheppard, Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the MUHC, will head up this initiative and he says there is currently an explosion of knowledge in the field of how our immune systems fight infections that has given us the opportunity to move forward in spite of the threats posed by drug-resistant microbes and infectious diseases.

The World Health Organization predicts that by 2030 we will no longer be able to count on antibiotics working reliably. This is why this project is so crucial. It will focus on real patients, and delivering real outcomes. Multi-disciplinary research teams will work on antimicrobial resistance, emerging and re-emerging diseases, infections in vulnerable populations, and diseases of altered immunity. Harnessing the creative power of hundreds of investigators for a single purpose will be the secret to success for finding solutions such as new vaccines and immunotherapies, which will have an impact on everything from cancer to inflammatory bowel disease.

The collaborative nature of this initiative motivated the MUHC Foundation and McGill University to work together to inspire a leadership donation that would lay the groundwork for the project’s success. We are incredibly grateful for the Doggone Foundation’s outstanding generosity and for sharing in our vision of transforming the future of global health. We are thrilled to be a part of this exciting new project that will have a huge impact on our local and global community.

Julie Quenneville
McGill University Health Centre Foundation




Paul Marchand – First Recipient of the MUHC Foundation’s Volunteer of the Year Award

Non Nobis Solum. Not For Ourselves Alone. This simple but powerful motto is one that Paul Marchand learned in high school, and which ultimately has shaped the course of his life.  A lawyer specializing in the field of estates and trusts for over 50 years, this native Montrealer has seen his fair share of cases, but the one that remains closest to his heart is giving back to his community.

His first experience with helping people in need came when he was a young lawyer tasked with providing pro bono legal aid to residents of Montreal’s Little Burgundy neighbourhood. “I helped several people working on the city’s railroad systems gain eligibility for their old age security pension,” he explains. “The experience was very rewarding and it served as an important reminder from my childhood that I needed to do my part and give back to my community,” he says. From there, he lent his time and energy to other local organizations ranging from youth services to education, but it was an experience at the Royal Victoria Hospital of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) that helped him truly understand the meaning of ‘paying it forward’.

Read more of Paul Marchand’s story


Husband and wife Burt and Carole Gilman are an extremely devoted couple that recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They are so devoted, in fact, that Carole literally risked her own life in order to save Burt’s.

It was in the spring of 2002, at the age of 60, that Burt’s life began to unravel. Always very health-conscious, he went to the gym one day as part of his usual routine. On a whim, he decided to try out a pulse tracking device only to discover the machine wasn’t working. When he reported the problem he found out it wasn’t the device that was malfunctioning, it was him! Burt’s pulse was too irregular to register on the machine.

Read more about the Gilmans


2nd Annual Gala of the Three Stars unites Montreal’s Chinese Community and the MUHC 

On April 28, 2018, a sold-out crowd of more than 400 guests were treated to an exceptional evening at Le Westin as part of the MUHC Foundation’s second edition of the Gala of the Three Stars, held in conjunction with Montreal’s Chinese Community. The proceeds from the gala will be supporting two important projects: the translation of patient education materials into Chinese and the creation of the Contemporary Norman Bethune Fellowship in Cardiovascular Surgery. Read more.

Scotiabank Charity Challenge

On the weekend of April 21-22, 2018, the MUHC Foundation participated in this annual fundraising race. This year we had two teams registered: the MUHC Foundation team, and the Women’s Healthy Heart Initiative (WHHI) team led by nurse Wendy Wray. Both teams raised funds in support of heart disease prevention. Read more.

Upcoming events benefitting the MUHC Breast Clinic








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