TORONTO, January 11, 2018 – Mental
illness is the world’s leading cause of disability, affecting more than 6.7
million Canadians. The Centre for
Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is honoured to be entrusted with the first $100
million donation in Canada dedicated to defining the causes of mental illness
and to developing the cures that will save lives and create hope. It’s an
anonymous gift to Canada’s largest mental health academic health science centre,
given in the spirit of public service and intended to fuel the discovery that
will save lives and create social change for all Canadians.
“Complex problems need complex solutions. We
need to invest in the fundamental research and the clinical innovation that
will improve the health of individuals and populations, locally, nationally and
globally. This gift will make that a reality,” says Dr. Catherine Zahn, CAMH
President and CEO.
investment will create a Discovery Fund, which will allow CAMH to accelerate its
efforts to transform the lives of people who live with mental illness. The
Discovery Fund will enable CAMH to attract talent, explore big ideas, support
young scientists and leverage data to expose the mysteries of the brain.
believe CAMH is well-positioned to make a transformational impact in the field
of mental health research. I have seen the devastating impact of mental illness
on individuals and their families; I want to provide support to the next
generation of researchers and scientists to pursue the research that will directly
transform care. In order to enable quantum leaps forward, this gift will also
support high-risk, high-reward research,” said the donor.
are eternally grateful to this donor, for investing $100 million in our
capacity to generate world-leading clinical discovery, and to invest in some of
the high-risk, high-reward research that usually doesn’t get top funding
priority,” says Darrell Louise Gregersen, President & CEO, CAMH Foundation.
“Philanthropy at CAMH is truly changing the future of mental illness, and
creating hope for all Canadians.”
Discovery Fund will enable CAMH to make remarkable breakthroughs in a number of
Development: Incubate and activate the next generation of leading early and
New Ideas: Foster
discovery and innovation that is focused on understanding disease mechanisms, effective
diagnosis, testing; and new ways to predict, prevent and recover from mental
Platform: Invest in enhancing the data, data platforms and analytics that will
enable 21st Century research and translation of research findings into
Discovery Fund will powerfully fuel CAMH’s capacity to address the challenges of
diagnosis, prevention and treatment of mental illness. The Fund will accelerate
research at CAMH and beyond, and transform the future
of mental health care nationally and internationally.
more information about applying to one of the fund programs, please visit: camh.ca/discoveryfund
And hear from emerging CAMH scientists talking about how this fund could change the future of mental health.