New Family Medicine Research Chair first in Ontario to focus on care for Francophone communities

Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2019

A hand signs an oversized cheque worth $2 million.

"Our Department’s contributions and accomplishments in Family Medicine research are a source of pride, and we will continue to prioritize scholarship and research that advances the quality and delivery of primary care for all." 

— Dr. Clare Liddy, Interim Chair, Department of Family Medicine

The Institut du Savoir Montfort (ISM), the Montfort Foundation and the University of Ottawa’s Department of Family Medicine (DFM) have partnered to create a new Family Medicine Research Chair — the first of its kind in French, in Ontario. 

The goal is both simple and ambitious: improve primary health care for all Canadians while focusing on minority Francophone communities.

For Dr. Clare Liddy, Interim Department Chair at the DFM, encouraging innovation and promoting research intensity amongst our members translates to real results in improved medical education and better patient care. "Our Department’s contributions and accomplishments in Family Medicine research are a source of pride, and we will continue to prioritize scholarship and research that advances the quality and delivery of primary care for all." The jointly-funded creation of the new Family Medicine Research Chair’s substantial funding amounts to 2 million dollars over 10 years, and is divided as follows: 1 million dollars from the ISM and the Montfort Foundation ($500,000 each), and 1 million dollars from the DFM.

"This new chair will be another incentive to attract researchers, fellows, postdoctoral fellows and highly skilled graduate students to Ottawa," said Dr. Denis Prud'homme, Associate Vice-President of Research, Acting Chief Executive Officer and ISM’s Scientific Director. 

(left to right) Dr. Clare Liddy, Ronald Caza, Marc Villeneuve, Céline Monette and Dr. Denis Prud'homme hold an enormous cheque for $2 million

From left to right: Dr. Clare Liddy, Interim Chair for the Department of Family Medicine, Mr. Ronald Caza, Board Chair of the Monfort Foundation, Mr. Marc Villeneuve, Montfort Foundation’s Acting President and CEO, Miss Céline Monette, President of the Institut de Savoir Montfort, and Dr. Denis Prud'homme, Associate Vice-President of Research, Acting Chief Executive Officer, and ISM’s Scientific Director. 

 

Funding for the new Family Medicine Research Chair amounts to $2 million over 10 years: $1 million from the ISM and the Montfort Foundation ($500,000 each), and $1 million from the DFM.

All partners involved will soon start reviewing the numerous submissions received from candidates, before selecting a Chairholder. As always, the DFM and Montfort are committed to improving the care provided to Francophone communities across Canada.

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