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Every so often the philanthropic community of Manitoba is able to work to achieve something truly remarkable that is destined to have an undeniable impact on the lives of Manitobans for generations to come. In 2002, the St. Boniface General Hospital & Research Foundation’s HeartCare Campaign became one such program.
The $25 million capital campaign was the recipient of a $5 million donation from The Asper Foundation, in support of two revolutionary health care initiatives: the I.H. Asper Clinical Research Institute and the Mayo Clinic Partnership.
St. Boniface Hospital has been home to the world-class St. Boniface General Hospital Research Centre since the centre was constructed in 1987. This facility and its dedicated researchers have long been regarded as leaders in the field of basic medical research, with a special emphasis in the area of cardiovascular disease. Translating basic scientific discoveries into practice to improve human health can be stimulated when clinical researchers uncover questions while investigating new treatments. As the two work best in proximity and collaboration with each other, St. Boniface Hospital opened of the I.H. Asper Clinical Research Institute in 2004. Its goal is to support researchers in bringing groundbreaking research to phase 1 clinical patient trials in Manitoba. As of 2012, four exciting research programs are established or in development:
• Psychosocial Oncology and Cancer Nursing
Research - Areas of focus include strengthening communication between cancer
patients and health professionals, addressing the specific needs of children and
adolescents with cancer, the nutritional needs of late-stage cancer patients,
tobacco control, and the psychosocial needs of dying patients.