Toronto, ON – The research arm of Toronto Western Hospital, the Toronto Western Research Institute, has been renamed as the Krembil Research Institute in recognition of the long-standing support of the Krembil family, which is one of Canada’s leading investors in neuroscience research. The funding they have provided at Toronto Western Hospital totals $80 million.
“Our family has been involved with Toronto Western Hospital for more than 18 years,” said Robert Krembil. “During this time we have gained a deep appreciation for the research excellence and the scientists who are working to find cures for some of the most debilitating health issues of our day. We are proud to continue our support of the valuable work that happens here.”
The official announcement of the renaming of the Research Institute was made by Her Royal Highness the Princess Edward, Countess of Wessex on a visit to Toronto Western Hospital for which she is the Patron.
Krembil is one of five research institutes based at the University Health Network. In 2013, the Research Institute expanded with the opening of the Krembil Discovery Tower – a nine-storey, state-of-the-art research centre with an award-winning design.
Krembil Research Institute director Dr. Donald Weaver noted Krembil scientists’ vision is to create a world without chronic, debilitating diseases which is why Krembil is aligning its strategic focus with the big health issues of the 21st century – diseases of the brain, spine, bones joints and eyes. “As our population ages, these diseases will place more and more pressures on patients, their families and the systems that are here to support each and every one of us,” he said.