Your donations unleashed the possibilities of medical science

Hospital-based research chairs, made possible by donors, improve clinical care
Female scientist adding sample to test tube
Hospital-based research is central to providing excellent care in areas like diabetes, mental health and cardiac care.

Not always visible to patients and visitors are the specialized labs and research centres that exist across the many sites of St. Joseph’s, and the dedicated medical scientists who work in them. Hospital-based medical research has always been central to the care mission of St. Joseph’s. In fact, many of the current treatments provided in hospital are a direct result of investments made in research by donors.

For decades, a research priority of St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation has been the creation of sustainable endowed funds to support research chairs – dedicated scientific positions which provide funding for talented investigators, whose job is to work alongside clinicians to improve the quality of care.

A scientist looking through a microscope
Imaging research is integral to testing new treatments and developing ways to diagnose and intervene earlier.

Many of the research chairs have a dual role in both the hospital and at Western University, where teaching is also a critical part of what they do. To provide sustainability for such research talent, many of the funds created through donations made to the Foundation are endowed and are of a size that a portion of the income they produce provides annual support.

Donors to the Foundation have established many endowed funds to support research chairs across a number of St. Joseph’s medical specialties, including: cardiac care, cognitive vitality, diabetes, rehabilitation, geriatric care and mental health, mobility and activity, urology, human microbiology and probiotics, molecular imaging,
mood disorders (mental health), and neonatal care.

We enjoy a level of healthcare excellence in London for many reasons; one less visible factor is the ability to integrate medical research directly in our hospitals to help improve care. Just one of the reasons why your donations matter here.

Dr. Frank Prato looks at brain images on computer screen
As Canada’s population ages, research in areas like mobility and activity and cognitive vitality are vital to the health of our community.
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