March 30, 2017

Dear Donors and Supporters,

The Canadian Gene Cure Foundation is pleased to announce the recipient of the $2.4 million Canadian Gene Cure Foundation Legacy Fund Grant is the team led by Dr Monica Justice and Dr James Dowling at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. The endowment grant, with additional funding from SickKids, will be used to establish a national network for clinical research and a national Grand Rounds, both aimed at improving diagnostics and establishing synergized platforms for clinical trials for patients with rare diseases. Training initiatives and mentorship are key components of the programme.

The Canadian Gene Cure Foundation is excited to be the catalyst for this new, national, rare disease initiative. The Legacy Fund grant is only possible because of the support we have received from partners, including the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists and the CIHR Institute of Genetics, and private and corporate donors, including founders of Aspreva Pharmaceuticals and Xenon Pharmaceuticals, the Scriver Family and Vifor Pharma, to whom we are very grateful. We are confident that Drs. Justice and Dowling and their team will use this grant to enable collaboration and research that will make a real difference for patients with rare diseases.

With the completion of the granting process, The Canadian Gene Cure Foundation will be formally requesting dissolution as of April 30, 2017. We are proud that over the years since CGCF was incorporated as a registered charity in 1998 we have granted $4,000,000 for research into human genetic diseases; provided more than $650,000 in MD/PhD scholarships; created networking and educational opportunities through the annual Canadian Human and Statistical Genetics Meeting; and inspired more than 400 high school students by providing hands-on experience in a genetics lab through our Gene Researcher for a Week programme.

We are pleased to announce that the Canadian Institutes for Health Research Institute of Genetics has agreed to take over the management of the Gene Researcher for a Week programme. Students interested in applying can find more information at: grfaw.ca.

I would also like to take this opportunity to personally thank past and present board members, staff and volunteers for their dedication to the human genetics research community in Canada.

Sincerely,

Sandra MacPherson,
Board Chair, Canadian Gene Cure Foundation