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Hamilton Health Sciences pays tribute to research excellence, announces $3-million academic award
For Immediate Release
March 2, 2013

Hamilton Health Sciences pays tribute to research excellence, announces $3-million academic award

Hamilton, ON – More than 660 people attended “A Night on Broadway,” Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation’s annual fundraising research gala held on Saturday March 2, 2013 at the Hamilton Convention Centre.

Those in attendance honoured Dr. John G. Kelton, a leading hematologist, researcher, academic, and the Dean and Vice-President of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Dean of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University.
Dr. Salim Yusuf, Vice President, Research, Hamilton Health Sciences spoke about the tremendous importance of research and honoured five remarkable young researchers who represented all fourteen researchers who have benefited from the programs supported by the annual gala. Funds raised at the event provide essential support for the next generation of medical researchers at Hamilton Health Sciences.

Those researchers were: Ms. Laurie Horricks, Dr. Caroline McIsaac, Dr. Melissa Parker, Dr. Michael Tsang and Dr. Sandra Carroll.

A key highlight of the evening included the announcement by Murray T. Martin, President and CEO of Hamilton Health Sciences, that a $3-million endowed fund had been established to create the Dr. John G. Kelton Academic Award. Michael G. DeGroote contributed $2-million as the lead donor for the establishment of the award, with supporting contributions from Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation, McMaster University, and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation. In making the presentation, Mr. Martin said that “few individuals ever make an impact on their community that will last for generations. Dr. John G. Kelton, Dean and Vice-President of the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University, is one such individual whose lasting impact has been and will be felt around the world. This award will serve as a lasting tribute to the remarkable contributions of this dedicated and gifted man.”

Premier of Ontario, The Honourable Kathleen Wynne along with local MPP, Mr. Ted McMeekin joined the many guests to show their support for the important research work that is taking place at Hamilton Health Sciences. Hamilton Health Sciences research program has been internationally recognized by many independent agencies, most notably SCImago, who cited it as number one in Canada and number seven in the world for impact. In her remarks, Premier Wynne indicated that “my colleagues in the Ontario government and I recognize the vital importance of fostering a strong culture of research and innovation in our province. That is why we are proud of the work which Hamilton Health Sciences is doing in
order to enhance patient care, find better treatments and transform lives.”

A video tribute to Dr. John Kelton can be found at, in addition to the message from Michael G. DeGroote announcing his donation for the award.

About Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation

Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation is a registered charitable organization that supports the six hospitals and cancer centre of Hamilton Health Sciences. Serving a region of 2.3 million people in south-central Ontario, the generosity of our donors enables us to fund capital redevelopment projects, purchase medical equipment and technology, and invest in research. Our mission is to support patient care, research and education; our goal is Health Care, Transformed.

About Hamilton Health Sciences

Hamilton Health Sciences is a family of six unique hospitals and a cancer centre serving more than 2.3 million residents of south-central Ontario. Hamilton Health Sciences offers a range of acute and specialized services, catering to health care needs for the full spectrum of life’s journey. Each of our hospitals has specific areas of expertise and together, Hamilton Health Sciences is one of the most comprehensive health care systems in Canada, the second largest hospital in Ontario and an academic teaching hospital affiliated with both McMaster University and Mohawk College.

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For further information, please contact:

Tamara Pope
Vice-President Marketing & Communications
Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation
W: 905-521-2100 ext. 43744
C: 905-979-0325

Vel Snoukphonh
Public Relations Specialist
Hamilton Health Sciences
905.521.2100 ext. 64138
Hamilton Health Sciences • Hamilton, Ontario • 905.521.2100

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