Foundation for Research Into Children’s Diseases

Foundation for Research Into Children’s Diseases

October 18, 2007 19:30 ET

Gala Celebration of Pediatric Research: 13 Talented Scientists and Over $700,000 Raised to Further Research

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 18, 2007) - Tonight, at La TOHU, the "la Cite des arts du cirque" world-class pediatric research was celebrated at the 25th Annual Ball of the Foundation for Research into Children's Diseases. During this gala evening, attended by the Premier of Quebec, Jean Charest, Mrs. Loreen Harper, wife of the Prime Minister of Canada, Senator Michael Fortier and Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay and over 650 guests, the Co-Chairpersons, Monique Leroux, Chief Financial Officer, Movement Desjardins, and Isabelle Hudon, President and CEO, Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal announced that the 25th edition of Annual Ball had raised over $700,000 (twice the amount raised last year) to support research into children's diseases.

These two businesswomen, who are also mothers, achieved this magnificent success by calling on the support of their influential peers from the business, cultural and social spheres. They also created a colourful event with the participation of the circus school students, the Cour du nouveau monde choir and Fanfreluche. The program delighted the audience, while contributing to contributing children health research.

According to the Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation, Victor M. Drury, "The Ball provides an opportunity to discern Awards of Excellence to pediatric researchers who have distinguished themselves in their fields of research. "The Foundation's key partners who have contributed to these awards include: Mouvement Desjardins, Ernst & Young, sanofi-aventis, BMO Nesbitt Burns, Bell Canada, Groupe CGI, Pfizer Canada, Power Corporation, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Standard Life and Ultramar. The scientists and research students who received the Awards included: Dr. Richard Tremblay (CHU Ste-Justine), Dr. Guy Boivin (CHUQ), Dr. Huiqi Qu (Montreal Children's Hospital - MCH), Dr Volkan Seyrantepe (CHU Ste-Justine), Jennifer Hutcheon (MCH), Inga Murawski (MCH), Laura Pickell (MCH), Pascal Lapierre (CHU Ste-Justine), Marie Beausejour (CHU Ste-Justine), Gaspard Montandon (CHUQ), Nicolas Bilodeau (CHUQ), Natalie Samson (CHUS) and Raymond Robert (CHUS).

The Foundation for Research into Children's Diseases, which hosted its 30th annual Telethon in 2006, has become, over the years, the largest source of non-governmental funding for children's health research in Quebec, having already distributed $53,114,000 to the four leading-edge hospital research centres: the Montreal Children's Hospital, the CHU Sainte-Justine Hospital, the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Quebec (CHUQ) and the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke (CHUS), as well as to the newly established pan-Canadian Maternal, Infant, Child and Youth Research Network .

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  • Information:
    Foundation for research into children’s diseases
    Victor M. Drury
    Chief Executive Officer
    Emmanuelle Rondeau
    Source :
    Charles Pitts