About St. Boniface Hospital Research
Biomedical research takes place across our campus – in the hospital as well as in 3 free-standing facilities:
The St. Boniface Hospital Albrechtsen Research Centre is home to the:
- Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences (ICS)
Widely regarded as one of the preeminent basic cardiovascular research programs in the world
- Division of Neurodegenerative Disorders (DND)
Studying mechanisms underlying, and identify potential treatments for, diseases including Alzheimer’s Disease, ischemic stroke, traumatic brain injury and aging-related CNS degeneration
- Canadian Centre for Agri-Food Research in Health and Medicine (CCARM)
Investigating the potential health-related benefits found in nutraceuticals, functional foods, and natural health products (health food).
The Asper Institute is home to the:
- WRHA Cardiac Sciences Program
Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery, Cardiac Anesthesia, Cardiac Critical Care and Cardiac Rehabilitation
- I.H. Asper Clinical Research Institute
Including Psychosocial Oncology and Cancer Nursing Research, Clinical Research in Cardiovascular Disease, and nutritional interventions developed by the Canadian Centre for Agri-food Research in Health and Medicine (CCARM)
Dr. Andrei Sakharov MRI Centre
- Provides ancillary support featuring 3 scanners for clinical and research use
All built with funds raised in the community, and operated with a combination of peer reviewed research grants, industry contracts, fund raising, and through affiliation with the University of Manitoba.
First there was the St. Boniface Hospital, then the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation, and then came St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre – now the St. Boniface Hospital Albrechtsen Research Centre… an ever-evolving research campus including the Andrei Sakharov MRI Centre and the Asper Research Institute.
Together they create and maintain a tradition of excellence in medical care, education, and research.
The St. Boniface Hospital is Western Canada’s first hospital. It was founded in 1871 by the Grey Nuns, a religious congregation inspired by Mother Marguerite D’Youville. The Mission, Aims and Objectives of the Hospital were then, as they are now:
- To provide the highest quality of care to its patients and of service to its community
- To participate in the education of personnel
- To promote research for the improvement of patient care
The St. Boniface Hospital Foundation was established in 1971 as part of the centennial celebrations of the Hospital. The Foundation acts as the primary fund-raising body for the St. Boniface Hospital Inc., and promotes excellence in health care research related to the prevention and treatment of disease, the promotion of good health, and improvements in patient care. All with the overriding objective of improving individual quality of life and respecting the individual.
St. Boniface Hospital Research is a result of the emphasis that both the Hospital and Foundation place on medical research.