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Media Advisory - Queen's University announces opening of new translational research facility

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

KINGSTON – The Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science have jointly awarded $7.7 million in funding to establish a new, state-of-the art facility, the Queen’s CardioPulmonary Unit (QCPU) which opens its doors Friday, October 6.

What

The new QCPU, housed within the Queen’s Biosciences Complex, aims to catalyze transformative heart, lung, blood and vascular research to identify novel therapeutic targets and evaluate them in preclinical studies. The QCPU team will then translate these preclinical discoveries to clinical practice through investigator-initiated clinical trials located in Kingston, Ottawa, Edmonton, Chicago, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, and Sao Paulo. This facility will also offer echocardiography services to patients as a satellite unit of Kingston Health Sciences Centre, housing clinical care and research in one unit.

It is rare –  even at the national and international level – to have a such a collection of state-of-the-art research equipment accessible within a central location. QCPU’s “molecules-to-population” approach to discovery and innovation in heart, lung, blood and vascular research offers a unique opportunity for the translation of high quality basic research findings into clinical practice.

Who/When

The opening of the QCPU takes place Friday, October 6 at 2 pm.

Immediately following the ceremony, MPP Sophie Kiwala and Queen’s Principal Daniel Woolf will be available for interviews. Stephen Archer and Dean of the School of Medicine Richard Reznick will also be available to media around 3 pm. Tours for the media of the QCPU will take place at 3:30 pm.

The media is asked to confirm their attendance.

Where
Queen's University Biosciences Complex.

Contact

Anne Craig, Media Relations Officer
613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca

On-site media contact
Dave Rideout, Media Relations Officer
613-453-5676 or dave.rideout@queensu.ca

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