Why Donate?

All of our lives have been touched by cancer, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, diabetes, Parkinson’s or HIV, in some way. Now, envision a world in which these diseases cannot only be treated, but can be prevented as well. Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University (CFHU) is raising $50 million to harness the incredible talent of IMRIC researchers and their Canadian counterparts. A vaccine for HIV, diabetes research, personalized cancer treatments, discoveries in Parkinson’s, and teaching the blind to see with sound are just some of the projects that will benefit from donations to IMRIC. At IMRIC, world-renowned researchers and Israel’s most brilliant medical minds are using innovative research to work towards these goals. Canadian partnerships are being developed with researchers at IMRIC to bring to life the medical breakthroughs that touch us all. In laboratories and at universities across the country, Canadian scientists are working with their Israeli counterparts to bring to life the biomedical breakthroughs that will benefit the world.

Hebrew University’s IMRIC Prof. Ofer Mandelboim, of the Lautenberg Research Center for General and Tumor Immunology, is partnering with Winnipeg’s Dr. Frank Plummer, a world-renowned specialist on HIV/AIDS. Together, these two acclaimed scientists hope to foster original AIDS research — and possibly develop a vaccine for HIV.

In Edmonton, a partnership has been forged between University of Alberta’s Dr. James Shapiro and IMRIC's Prof. Yuval Dor, a pioneering diabetes researcher at IMRIC’s Department of Developmental Biology and Cancer Research. Their collaborations could lead to a regeneration of insulin-producing cells in diabetics.

In Montreal, Dr. Moshe Szyf, at McGill University’s Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics in the field of epigenetic research (how genes are regulated at the molecular level), who holds a PhD from Hebrew University, will partner with IMRIC researchers like his mentor, Prof. Howard Cedar, head of the Department of Developmental Biology and Cancer Research, whose studies in epigenetics and DNA methylation are changing the way we think about cancer.

Help us to achieve our goals and join us as we strive to make a world without disease a reality. By donating to IMRIC you support the future of medicine and contribute to Innovations Touching Lives.