Montreal Heart Institute Foundation instrumental in creating new chair at the Université de Montréal

February 12, 2015

Montreal, February 4, 2015 – The Montreal Heart Institute (MHI) today announced the creation of the new Marcelle and Jean Coutu Foundation Chair in innovative surgical treatments for heart failure at the Université de Montréal (UdeM). This chair was made possible thanks to the tremendous work of the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation, which solicited and obtained contributions, including a $1.5 million donation from the Marcelle and Jean Coutu Foundation, to raise the necessary funding.

“Such a generous donation from the Marcelle and Jean Coutu Foundation demonstrates the Coutus’ awareness of health issues and the need to contribute to the advancement of knowledge,” said Guy Breton, rector of the Université de Montréal. “I thank all our donors, whose support enables us to pursue cutting-edge research to find treatments to help the ever-growing number of people suffering from heart failure, as well as their families.”

“Chronic heart failure is a serious and growing health problem and the number of disease-stricken patients is increasing steadily,” stated Dr. Louis Perrault, who becomes the first chair holder. “The donation from the Marcelle and Jean Coutu Foundation gives us hope that we will soon see a supportive treatment to temporarily improve the heart’s function. I wish to thank the donors for their vision and their commitment to this important cause.”

The goal of this new chair is to stimulate activities from basic and applied research in cellular therapy, tissue engineering, cardiac transplant and ventricular assistance, through to pre-clinical development and market approval of novel therapeutic agents for patients suffering from chronic heart failure.

More than 500,000 Canadians and Americans are diagnosed with heart failure every year and that number is on the rise. There is an urgent and growing need, therefore, for new treatments to slow down the disease process and improve cardiac function as well as to ensure the patients live longer and healthier lives.

With an equally sizeable donation made to the Faculty of Medicine, the UdeM and MHI can see the day when patients resistant to medical treatment will be able to benefit from alternative new treatments adapted to the specificity of their condition.

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Information:

Université de Montréal
Mathieu Filion
m.filion.rivest@umontreal.ca
514-343-7704

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