The Hon. Jerry and Carole Grafstein Network for Cancer Research at IMIRC
Toronto lawyer and former senator The Hon. Jerry Grafstein has contributed greatly toward democracy and combating anti-Semitism. In 1961, Jerry Grafstein, a young, tenacious lawyer, newly married to Carole Sniderman, became President of the North Centre Liberal Association and within six months was sitting beside Lester B. Pearson as the youngest member of the Liberal National Campaign Committee. In 1984, Grafstein was appointed by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau to the Senate, where he provided leadership over the last 25 years. Grafstein, a tireless proponent of human rights, was elected Vice-President of the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe in 2007. As a lifelong advocate for the Jewish community and academic excellence, Grafstein and his wife, Carole, established the Grafstein Annual Lecture in Communications at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, in 1998. The Grafstein Chair in Jewish Philosophy was created the following year. As a tribute to Grafstein’s lifelong career as a mover and a shaper, Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University (CFHU) is proud to create The Honourable Jerry and Carole Grafstein Network for Cancer Research at IMRIC. To open the doors of medical discovery between Jerusalem and Canada is a fitting honour for a couple that has given so much.
Established in November 2010, The Hon. Jerry and Carole Grafstein Network for Cancer Research is under the leadership of IMRIC’s Dr. Ittai Ben-Porath. Harnessing the talent of IMRIC researchers and their Canadian counterparts, the Network will bring together top researchers, clinicians and pharmacologists in a creative collaboration that promises to change the way we think about cancer.