Montreal Heart Institute expands
– The Quebec government has announced an investment of $15 million in
the Montreal Heart Institute’s Research Centre expansion. A total of $24
million is being invested in the project, which includes the acquisition
of new equipment and infrastructure.
left to right: Mr. Robert Busilacchi, Executive Director, Montreal Heart
Institute, Mrs France Chrétien-Desmarais, Executive Director, Montreal
Heart Institute Foundation, Mr. Claude Béchard, Minister of Economic
Development, Innovation and Export Trade, Mr. Jean Royer, Chairman of
Board of Directors, Montreal Heart Institute, and Dr. Jean-Claude Tardif,
Director, Research Center, Montreal Heart Institute.
In addition to the Quebec government’s $15 million, the project will
receive another $9 million from the MHI Foundation.
Mr. Jean Royer, Chairman of the MHI Board of Directors, said the new
research facility will “allow the Institute to pursue its tradition of
excellence, and to raise its profile both nationally and
internationally, through an enhanced ability to improve the quality of
cardiovascular care and prevention and step up the fight against heart
The MHI Research Centre Expansion Project, slated for completion in
• enlarging the south block (Pavillon Jean-Louis Lévesque) by 6,125
square metres, distributed over three floors;
• constructing a space that in future will be laid out and used for
catheterization activities for research purposes;
• partially reorganizing the existing first three floors of the Research
Centre’s South block.
Mr. Robert Busilacchi, Executive Director of the MHI, underscored the
invaluable support of several other partners. “In accordance with
government policy directions, this high-priority development is also an
outgrowth of close collaboration with the Université de Montréal and its
faculty of medicine, both of which have singled out the MHI as a centre
of excellence in cardiovascular medicine. In concrete terms, this led,
notably, to several research chairs and grants being awarded.”
“I would also like to thank the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec,
the Agence de développement de réseaux locaux de services de santé et de
services sociaux de Montréal and the Ministère de la Santé et des
Services sociaux, which have hereby expressed their high regard for the
MHI’s mission of excellence in tertiary cardiology,” added Mr.
The Research Centre expansion will have several significant effects on
the MHI, and these will translate into benefits for patients at the MHI,
as well as patients in Québec, Canada and throughout the world.
It will facilitate:
• the recruitment of researchers of international stature and further
the progress of researchers already present at the MHI;
the addition of new research laboratories in genetics, arrhythmias,
vascular electrophysiology, regenerative medicine, mathematical
modelling and metabolomics;
• the expansion of many fundamental research laboratories in vascular
pharmacology, endothelial function, proteomics, cardiac biochemistry,
cardiovascular imaging, atherosclerosis, coronary procedures, molecular
electrophysiology and cardiovascular rheology;
• the expansion and reorganization of the animal housing facility
(particularly for transgenic mice);
• the reorganization and expansion of clinical research infrastructures
now partly located in temporary structures.
“The Research Centre expansion will have major benefits in terms of the
MHI’s capacity to achieve significant breakthroughs in the prevention
and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, while generating intellectual
property and profitable economic spinoffs for Quebec,” said Dr.
Jean-Claude Tardif, Director of the MHI Research Centre. “Thus, all
aspects of cardiovascular research, from the gene to the large-scale
clinical studies, will be developed in all traditional fields, as well
as emerging ones.”
Founded in 1954, The Montreal Heart Institute is an ultra-specialized
hospital dedicated to care, research, teaching and prevention and to the
evaluation of new technologies in cardiology; the MHI is affiliated with
the Université de Montréal and enjoys an international reputation for