Imagine a world…
where maintaining good health was an easy and definitive reality. Imagine preventative measures that were scientifically proven and ingrained in our culture. Imagine faster diagnosis leading to more effective and personalized treatments. Picture vaccines preventing cancer, or viruses triggering the immune system to fight specific disease. Visualize glass beads, smaller than a grain of salt, starving the blood supply of a tumour, or eradicating pain and disease.
This is the world DMRF envisions
for you. This is the world our
researchers are making a reality.
When I see that we can positively impact a patient’s health through our work, there isn’t anything I won’t do to achieve that goal. I don’t care how long it takes or how hard that road is. As scientists, we have the privilege of looking at tomorrow’s technology, today.
It is our duty and responsibility to get these technologies to patients.
Dr. Jeanette Boudreau and graduate student Sarah Schwartz are passionate about cancer immunotherapies and thanks to a gift from CIBC, Sarah can explore this work further for the next two years!
Our work will not be complete until solutions such as topical anesthetics, analgesics, breathing exercises and distraction are finally the norm in children’s care, as opposed to outdated practices like using physical restraint during painful procedures, with a lack of pharmalogical and psychological support.
If we are to address the major health crises that are affecting Indigenous communities today, we need to fundamentally alter our approach. This type of research – community initiated, directed and led – is how we create a new legacy of health research – one that offers real value and benefit to the Indigenous communities and nations that are involved.
The DMRF Molly Appeal
Nearly 40 years ago, a humble Maritime housekeeper named Molly Moore donated a $5 bill to DMRF in support of medical research. She explained that she didn’t have much, but believed that if everyone could donate even a small sum, together, a large difference could be made. This marked the beginning of DMRF’s annual Molly Appeal campaign in 1980, which raises critical funds for medical research throughout the Maritimes every year.
Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation’s fall 2019 Molly Appeal is set to equip Dalhousie’s Faculty of Medicine’s leading research teams with a sophisticated device, named The Orbitrap Fusion Mass Spectrometer, that will open up a whole new scientific frontier in eastern Canada. We need to raise $251,082 to help purchase this equipment. With support from donors like you, we will have the mass spectrometer working in our labs within the year.
Our sincere thanks to all DMRF donors who continue to support our Molly Appeal!
Your gift today will help bring hope and better outcomes to the many families living with cancer and other challenging diseases and conditions. Your donation towards this equipment will accelerate the pace of our researchers, leading us to breakthroughs sooner.
Dr. Shashi Gujar:
Educating our immune system to recognize and destroy cancer
Our goal is to develop personalized therapies that educate patients’ immune systems to recognize and destroy cancer. We are exploring how to use cancer-killing viruses – which target and kill cancer cells without harming healthy cells – to flag cancer cells to the immune system. When we infect cancer cells with the virus, it’s like putting a transponder in the cancer cell. Now the immune system recognizes the signature of that cancer and will target and kill not just that cell but all other cancer cells like it.
Dr. Paola Marcato:
Studying breast cancer progression to create improved therapeutic options
Acquiring this new mass spectrometry equipment at Dalhousie University will have a major impact on the progress of my cancer research program. It will allow the students in my lab to do new state-of-the-art analyses on our cancer samples that will lead to new discoveries about how to treat breast cancer better. Thank you so much to all the donors who will make this new research possible.
Read more about Molly researchers
Dr. James Fawcett
Exploring how brain proteins can effect neurological disorders
Dr. Carman Giacomantonio
Stimulating the immune system to fight cancer
Dr. Craig McCormick
Tackling viruses like influenza and herpes with a view to creating effective antiviral drugs and vaccines
Dr. Denys Khaperskyy
Finding targets for a new generation of anti-flu treatments
Dr. Adrienne Weeks
Targeting genetic mutations to stop brain tumour growth
“It was at a time when our kids had headed off to start their own lives and we had some extra money to spare. I noticed information about the Molly Appeal in the mail and thought to myself, ‘this woman has a point, ordinary folks can get together and make a significant difference’. Plus, it was supporting local medical research that’s helping society in the long-term. That’s important.”
The Sutton family research assistant in mental health innovation
Recently pledging $250,000 over the next 5 years to FORBOW, the family’s gift will support a new research position, the Sutton Family Research Assistant in Mental Health Innovation, as well as a stipend for 125 patients participating in this longitudinal study.
We thank Greg Sutton and his family for their commitment to health and community betterment through this generous gift to the FORBOW program.
Board Profile: Introducing Dr. Kate O’Brien, world-renowned expert in vaccinology and global health
We are pleased to welcome Dr. Kate O’Brien, Director of the World Health Organization’s Department of Immunization, Vaccines, and Biologicals, to the DMRF Board. A world-renowned expert in the field of global health, vaccines and epidemiology, Dr. O’Brien’s 25-year career has focused on vaccine research, innovation, evidence and policy, and has contributed to hundreds of thousands of lives saved around the world to date.