The first philanthropic chair for the School of Speech Therapy and Audiology

November 17, 2016

Yesterday, the Université de Montréal Faculty of Medicine was pleased to welcome Pierre Venne, President of Fondation Caroline Durand. On behalf of the Fondation, Mr. Venne presented a donation of $5 million to the major Campus Montréal campaign. The donation will go towards the creation of the Fondation Caroline Durand Chair in Hearing and Aging at Université de Montréal.

“The creation of this first philanthropic chair at the School of Speech Therapy and Audiology will help propel the progress made by our faculty,” said Hélène Boisjoly, Dean of the UdeM Faculty of Medicine. “The chair will become an important strategic tool in recruiting new high-calibre researchers.”

After arthritis and high blood pressure, age-associated hearing loss is the third most common chronic health problem faced by seniors. “The consequences of hearing loss are many and not only affect communication and physical and mental health, but also seniors’ quality of life. The research we will conduct will ultimately help reduce isolation among the elderly, improve their communication abilities and greatly enhance their quality of life,” explained Dr. Jean-Pierre Gagné, holder of the new Chair.

Fondation Caroline Durand was seeking to support a respected research partner. “We are delighted to be in a position to collaborate with Dr. Gagné, a professor at the UdeM School of Speech Therapy and Audiology and a researcher with the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal. Dr. Gagné is the ideal individual to hold the chair and is very highly regarded in his area of speciality,” stated Mr. Venne.

Sonia Bélanger, President and CEO of the CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, applauds the launch of the chair. “Through the work accomplished by this chair, we will improve our practices and make them more relevant than ever,” she said. She also reiterated the commitment of the CIUSSS to the wellbeing of Montreal’s seniors. “With their wealth of knowledge and experience, they have much to teach us and pass on to us. In this sense, the creation of the chair is wonderful news.”

“In recent years, Fondation Caroline Durand has become an agent of progress and indeed a true beacon of hope for thousands of people who are counting on scientific advances to improve their living conditions and cure illnesses that are often unbearable. I wish to acknowledge the enormous generosity and commitment shown by the Fondation in supporting health research and improving care,” concluded Raymond Lalande, Vice-Rector of Alumni, Partnerships and Philanthropic Relations.

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Geneviève O’Meara
Université de Montréal
Tel: 514 343-7704

About the Fondation Caroline Durand Chair in Hearing and Aging

The research conducted by the chair team will focus on reducing the impact of hearing loss in seniors in order to lessen the encumbrances associated with this chronic health problem and reduce disability situations.

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