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January 29, 2013

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Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation (SMHF) B.C. Leadership Chair in Multimodal Technology for Healthcare Innovation

• The Chair was created to advance the capabilities of Simon Fraser University and Fraser Health in healthcare innovation, specifically in the areas of brain imaging technologies, virtual simulation, remote monitoring (including home monitoring) and assistive technologies.
• Recent estimates from Brain Canada state that one in three Canadians will be affected by a disease, disorder or injury of the brain or nervous system. This may include autism, Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and concussions, making brain disorders a great health challenge of the 21st Century.
• The Chair was developed through a partnership that sees the Province of B.C. provide $2.25 million through its Leading Edge Endowment Fund (LEEF), and SFU and Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation each contribute $1.5 million. Fraser Health Authority provides access to lab space and resources to facilitate research, transfer of knowledge, and interactions with clinicians and healthcare professionals.
• The appointment of Dr. Ryan D’Arcy to the Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation B.C. Leadership Chair in Multimodal Technology for Healthcare Innovation marks the fifth LEEF Chair to be named at Simon Fraser University. It is the first academic chair to be established at Surrey Memorial Hospital and Fraser Health.
• This is the first LEEF Chair to be located at the SFU Surrey campus; Dr. D’Arcy will mobilize research with community health partners and business in the Fraser Health Region.
• The Chair proposal was initiated by the Province of B.C., Simon Fraser University and Fraser Health. SFU, Fraser Health and Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation played an instrumental role in developing a vision for the Chair and in recruiting Dr. D’Arcy.

About the partners

Leading Edge Endowment Fund (LEEF)
In 2002, the Government of British Columbia established a $45 million Leading Edge Endowment Fund to support 20 British Columbia Leadership Chairs based on 50-50 cost sharing partnership between the provincial government and private/non provincial sectors. At the same time, Government provided $11.25 million to establish nine Regional Innovation Chairs at colleges and the former university-colleges. The purpose of the Chairs is to:
• attract world-class researchers to B.C.;
• promote economic growth and job creation;
• strengthen B.C.’s position as a centre of excellence in research;
• match government funding with money from the private sector and individual donors; and,
• promote the unique roles that our universities and colleges play in innovation for B.C.

Simon Fraser University
Simon Fraser University is Canada's top-ranked comprehensive university and one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 120,000 alumni in 130 countries.

Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation
Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation raises funds to ensure that residents receive the best healthcare solutions - both in the hospital and community - as quickly as possible. The foundation strives to go "beyond the possibilities," driving leading-edge health care that focuses on creative ideas and concrete results that provide value for our donors and partners.

Fraser Health Authority
Fraser Health Authority provides a wide range of integrated health services to the largest and fastest growing population in B.C. The Health Authority is committed to improving the health of the population and the quality of life of more than 1.5 million people living in communities from Burnaby to White Rock to Hope.

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Contacts:

Karen Lee
Faculty of Applied Sciences, Simon Fraser University
Tel.: 778-782-8923
kla87@sfu.ca

Baljinder Jacques
Ministry of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology
Tel.: 250-356-7293
baljinder.jacques@gov.bc.ca
 
Anne McLaughlin
Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation
Tel.: 604-788-0018
anne@annemclaughlin.ca

Tasleem Juma
Fraser Health Authority
Pager: 604-450-7881
media@fraserhealth.ca

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