MONTREAL, March 14, 2012 – Yesterday, the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Center held its 6th annual ceremony to honor the recipients of studentships from the Foundation of Stars and Sainte-Justine UHC Foundation. In total, 21 Master’s, doctoral and postdoctoral award recipients received funding to support their research work on mother, child and adolescent health.
The event was also an occasion to acknowledge important donor support that makes continued research advances possible in the wide range of disciplines the award winners work in, including biochemistry, biomedical engineering, kinesiology, microbiology and immunology, nutrition, pathology and cell biology, physiology, psychology, community health, biomedical sciences, nursing, pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacology.
Dr. Guy Rouleau, the Research Center’s Director, conveyed his heartfelt gratitude and sincere appreciation to the Foundation of Stars and Sainte-Justine UHC Foundation for their contribution toward research at the Sainte-Justine. He also pointed out the critical role played by laboratory directors and department heads in guiding and supervising the award winners, since by doing so they ensure the transfer of knowledge without which any research undertaking would be fruitless.
In fact, as Dr. Fabrice Brunet, the Sainte-Justine’s Executive Director, stated, research and teaching along with healthcare are part of the Sainte-Justine’s key missions and as such are vital to translational research, bringing the fruits of research from the laboratory bench to the patient’s bedside. At the same time, he reminded everyone of the importance of the recurring and long-term financial support provided by both foundations and their generous donors when it comes to meeting these crucial objectives on a daily basis.
Anièle Lecoq, President and Executive Director of the Sainte-Justine UHC Foundation, described how essential was the donors’ commitment toward research and the development of knowledge in the field of mother-child health, since their generosity and commitment are crucial to each advance, scientific publication, novel application and achievement of the Research Center’s teams.
By the same token, Michel Lanteigne, Chairman of the Board of the Foundation of Stars, stated the Foundation was very happy to continue its support of the Research Center again this year. He is convinced that the Foundation’s financial support offers children and parents hope for the future and helps further the large-scale research projects required to come up with treatments for childhood diseases. This year the Foundation of Stars donated $545,056 to the Research Center, making a grand total of $28 million since 1977. The Chairman said the Foundation was proud to be able contribute to our children’s health as they grow up through its continued support of the Research Center.
The award winners were evaluated by a committee made up of 31 investigators who applied stringent criteria to evaluate the quality of the students’ academic files, past awards and scholarships, number of publications and the promising aspect of their research projects. In total, out of the Center’s 400 students, 90 applicants participated in the 2011-2012 award competition.