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Molson donation helps women`s heart health

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From left to right: Dr. Jean-Claude Tardif, Martine Bouchard, Josée Noiseux, Andrew T. Molson, Mélanie La Couture, Lino A. Saputo Jr., Vince Barletta, Dr. Grant Pierce, Dr. Marie-Pierre Dubé. Winnipeg's St. Boniface Hospital Foundation and The Montreal Heart Institute Foundation announced on Tuesday that several major research projects on women's cardiovascular health will be made possible thanks to a $2.5 million donation from The Molson Foundation.


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St. Boniface Hospital Foundation and The Montreal Heart Institute Foundation announced Tuesday that several major research projects on women’s cardiovascular health will be made possible thanks to a $2.5 million donation from The Molson Foundation.

New research projects, carried out in collaboration with the Montreal Heart Institute, will allow many St. Boniface Hospital Albrechtsen Research Centre’s researchers and their teams to make advances in specific fields of research such as the early signs of heart disease in older women, sexual differences of blood fat levels, heart disease and breast cancer, heart disease and kidney injury in women, and the treatment of high blood pressure in women.

Furthermore, new research projects, carried out in collaboration with the St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, will allow the Montreal Heart Institute’s specialists and their teams to further the research in specific fields such as sexual hormones and cardiac arrhythmia, genomic interactions in cardiovascular disease and their treatments, fertility and cardiovascular disease in women, genetic insights from the biobanks, sexual differences in treating heart failure, and differences between sexes in clinical trials.

Even though heart disease is often associated with men, it has in fact been proven that more women die from heart disease or stroke than men. Biological and social factors play a significant role in these diseases. To this day, few studies have considered the impact of factors related to sex and gender on cardiovascular disease.

The Molson Foundation’s donation dedicated to research projects in women’s cardiovascular health will undoubtedly be a key element in allowing leading medical researchers to push the boundaries of research and improve the health of tens of thousands of women.

Indeed, cardiovascular disease affect more than 1.3 million Canadians, making it the leading cause of death for women and the number one cause of death worldwide. Cardiovascular disease is also responsible for 275,000 hospitalizations every year in Canada.

“The Montreal Heart Institute and St. Boniface Hospital of Winnipeg are leaders in the fight against cardiovascular disease. Our Foundation is therefore extremely happy to contribute to a collaborative approach to research specifically into women’s heart health,” said Andrew T. Molson, President of The Molson Foundation.

“Heart disease is the leading cause of premature death of women in Canada. The leadership of The Molson Foundation in supporting women’s heart health research, prevention, and screening will help make a difference in our understanding of heart disease which kills 25,000 women in Canada each year. St. Boniface Hospital Foundation thanks The Molson Foundation for this visionary gift,” said Vince Barletta, President and CEO of St. Boniface Hospital Foundation.

“Through their generous donation, The Molson Foundation creates an avenue for bringing two powerhouses together in heart research, St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, and the Montreal Heart Institute. The Molson Foundation has shown once again what an incredible community supporter they are,” stated Dr. Grant Pierce, Executive Director of Research for St Boniface Hospital.

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