McMaster University

McMaster University

Faculty of
Health Sciences

Farncombe family

Entrance to the Farncombe Family Atrium
Entrance to the Farncombe Family Atrium, the new facilities for the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute

An extraordinary $15 million donation from the Farncombe family has allowed for the establishment of the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute. In addition, the Farncombe family's support for endowed chairs and infrastructure capital ensures the long-term success of the Institute and enhances its role as an innovative training environment.

The Farncombe family initially gave $3.5 million in 2004 to the intestinal diseases research program at McMaster, to establish a gnotobiotic or sterile laboratory unique in Canadian universities, as well as an endowed professorial chair, the Farncombe Family Chair in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. In the next four years the program received more than $21.5 million in research grants; investments in additional facilities including DNA sequencing equipment and the allocation of two senior scientist positions, as well as the arrival of international graduate students.

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