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Gift grows stroke program at Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster

Published: August 5, 2015
Jackie Boris-Work
Jackie Boris-Work spoke about the inspiration behind her family's gift.

A new gift from the Marta and Owen Boris Foundation of Hamilton will address research, education and clinical care in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of stroke.

In announcing the gift today, Pearl F. Veenema, President and CEO, Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation, said: "The Boris family's commitment to addressing the devastating impact of stroke is truly remarkable. This gift will have a significant impact on the work of the dedicated researchers, educators and clinicians who are focused on addressing a disease that directly impacts nearly 50,000 people each year in Canada."


The gift has three components:

  1. The first is the establishment of the Marta and Owen Boris Chair in Stroke Research and Care at McMaster University. The inaugural chair holder will be Dr. Ashkan Shoamanesh who was recently selected by the 2015 International Stroke Conference to receive the Mordecai Y. T. Globus New Investigator Award in Stroke.
  2. The second component enables the expansion of the Stroke Fellowship Training Program, to develop specialized stroke researchers and clinicians with expertise in stroke prevention and treatment.

    "This investment provides us with the opportunity to foster the next generation of stroke experts and increase the level of clinical care for patients of this debilitating disease," said Dr. Wes Oczkowski, co-director of the Hamilton Health Sciences/McMaster Stroke Fellowship Program.
  3. The acquisition of a state-of-the-art Neurointerventional Imaging System is the third component of the gift. This system allows for the use of minimally invasive procedures to treat strokes including clot retrieval, contributing to an improvement in patient outcomes.

Jackie Boris-Work, speaking on behalf of the Boris family, said: "This gift supports the acquisition of innovative medical technology, enabling ongoing education and funding research.

"Our goal is to help reduce the occurrence of stroke, while enhancing the clinical options for treatment and recovery. As a family, we are honoured to contribute to the fight against a disease with such devastating consequences".

Dr. John Kelton, dean and vice-president of the Faculty of Health Sciences said: "This gift represents an outstanding continuation of the Boris family's support for medical research, innovation and the education of the next generation of clinicians and researchers in stroke. We are grateful for this investment into a disease which has such a profound effect on the lives of millions of people here in Canada and around the world."

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