In a historical-first, St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation and Western University announced two research chairs that are a critical step toward new approaches in imaging research and patient care in London and around the world. The combined value of both innovative new research chairs is $6.5 million, which will be endowed in perpetuity to advance imaging research at Western University and Lawson Health Research Institute.
The research chairs have been named after the two scientists who are revolutionizing health care through their groundbreaking imaging research – Drs. Ting-Yim Lee and Frank Prato. The work of both scientists is based at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
“These chairs build on the legacy of exceptional imaging leadership across our academic, research and health care organizations,” says Dr. Gillian Kernaghan, President and CEO, St. Joseph’s Health Care London. “They are a critical step towards new approaches in medical technology and hospital-based research that will revolutionize patient care,
“We’ve come to know medical imaging as one of the cornerstones of innovation and discovery at Lawson, and the two new research chairs represent two monumental leaps forward in the field of imaging research,” —Dr. David Hill, Lawson Scientific Director
- The Ting-Yim Lee Chair in Cardiac Computerized Tomography (CT) Imaging Research has been established through the generosity of Ting-Yim and Maggie Lee and a joint funding collaboration between St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation and Western University.
Dr. Lee is a scientist and professor of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, medical physicist at St. Joseph’s and a scientist with Lawson’s Imaging program. Through his leadership, The Ting-Yim Lee Chair in Cardiac Computerized Tomography (CT) Imaging Research will transform the way clinicians diagnose, and prevent, severe tissue damage in persons who have experienced a cardiac event.
“Over the past 28 years, St. Joseph’s and Western have created opportunities for me and supported my research endeavor in many ways. I feel this gift is the best way to repay the help that I have received. We are onto something that is worthwhile and successful. By setting up this Chair, there would be a significant person – a clinician-scientist – to lead the next phase of the cardiac CT program. I am really humbled that the institutions see the value in this research and have contributed to guarantee that we have the necessary leader to carry forth this development,” says Dr. Lee.
This Chair represents the next phase of CT imaging research, focused on developing software and new methods that will save people’s lives.
- The Dr. Frank Prato Research Chair in Molecular Imaging has been established to further enhance scientific understanding in the specialty of molecular imaging – building upon St. Joseph’s internationally-recognized leadership in imaging excellence.