WINNIPEG — A $2.5 million donation has been gifted to the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation and the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation.
The donation from the Molson Foundation will fund several major research projects on women’s cardiovascular health.
“Heart disease is the leading cause of premature death of women in Canada,” said Vince Barletta, president and CEO of St. Boniface Hospital Foundation.
“The leadership of The Molson Foundation in supporting women’s heart health research, prevention, and screening will help make a difference in our understanding of heart disease which kills 25,000 women in Canada each year.”
In Winnipeg, the donation will allow many St. Boniface Hospital Albrechtsen Research Centre’s researchers and their teams to make advances in specific fields of research such as the early signs of heart disease in older women, sexual differences of blood fat levels, heart disease and breast cancer, heart disease and kidney injury in women, and the treatment of high blood pressure in women.
Cardiovascular disease affects more than 1.3 million Canadians, making it the leading cause of death for women and the number one cause of death worldwide.