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All of our valued partners are listed in the activity report. We wish to single out a few in particular for their significant contributions to our work.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) are key granting agencies for our researchers. Each year, many of them receive grants, awards or fellowships enabling them to advance their research. Over the year, CIHR funding accounted for $4 M, being 39% of the amounts our researchers received from granting agencies recognized by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé.

IUCPQ Foundation

Our Research Centre can also count on the support of the IUCPQ Foundation that made possible, toward contributed funds, the Centre’s expansion phases and finances numerous scholarships as well as several research fellowships and grants. These grants help us in the completion of numerous research projects and provide the leverage needed to obtain outside funding. Over the year 2018, the Foundation awarded:

  • $1,045,000, to 47 researchers, for the annual research grant competition (including $120,000 from the chair J.-D. Bégin – P.-H. Lavoie);
  • $340,000 in fellowships;
  • $367,000 in support for the construction of phase 4 to expand the Research Centre;
  • $2,550,000 in support for the construction of phase 5 to expand the Research Centre (on its total commitment of $2,700,000);
  • $120,000 into the biobank, as a contribution.

Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie and Grand Défi Entreprise

Several researchers, research professionals and students were part of teams representing the Institute in preparation for the Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie. Their involvement shows to what extent the research community is committed to taking concrete action to promote healthy lifestyle habits to young and old alike.

2018 edition of the IUCPQ-UL’s team: Caroline Gagnon, Benoît Plourde, Sébastien Marcoux, Bruno-Olivier Brabant-Letarte, Gino Lagueux and Christian Couture
Photo credit: Beauce Média

In addition, the Institute and the cofounders of the Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie have joined forces to create the Grand Défi Entreprise, which is now one of the Centre’s cardiovascular prevention research priorities. Under the scientific direction of Dr. Natalie Alméras, the Grand Défi Entreprise harnesses the cardiometabolic and respiratory expertise of our researchers. Its objective is to reach employees in their workplace to encourage them to adopt healthy lifestyle habits (e.g., being active, not smoking, eating a healthy diet). In November 2018, the Grand Défi Entreprise’s bus was on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in order to do a health check-up of a few members as well as to highlight the importance of prevention and healthy lifestyle habits in work environments.