30 Years of Excellence in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Basic Research to be Recognized at St. Paul's Hospital

Vancouver, January 22, 2008 — Scientists, clinicians, trainees and special guests are gathered today to celebrate 30 years of history, development and progress in cardiovascular and pulmonary basic research at St. Paul's Hospital.
30 years ago Drs. Jim Hogg and Peter Pare were recruited to St. Paul's Hospital from McGill University in Montreal. Since their arrival in 1977, their dedication to St. Paul's Hospital, the University of British Columbia and the Province of British Columbia to advance cardiopulmonary research is unsurpassed. Together they have changed the face of clinical pulmonary medicine, recruited top stars and advanced research at St. Paul's Hospital to world class levels.

Today, the laboratory, now named the iCAPTURE Centre, is home to more than 260 heart and lung researchers. The facility is distinguished by an approach that brings together different disciplines focused on heart, lung and blood vessel research. The comprehensive collaboration of experts at the iCAPTURE Centre is rare in the world and unique in Canada.

“I am very honoured to be a part of this celebration and grateful for the opportunity to bear witness to an important milestone in our organization's history.” said Diane Doyle, CEO, Providence Health Care, St. Paul's Hospital.

“Today's event provides recognition of 30 years of world class research by stellar investigators and their teams focused on cardiac and pulmonary diseases, all occurring right here at St. Paul's Hospital,” said Bruce McManus, Director, James Hogg iCAPTURE Centre for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research and Director, Providence Heart + Lung Institute at St. Paul's Hospital.

An overview of the achievements and people of the past, the advances in science and the faces of the future, will be held on January 22, 2008, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. in the New Lecture Theatre at St. Paul's Hospital.

Background Information

The James Hogg iCAPTURE Centre for Cardiovascular
and Pulmonary Research
The iCAPTURE Centre; a member of the Providence Heart + Lung Institute at St. Paul's Hospital, has nearly 270 personnel, including 31 nationally funded principal investigators and numerous trainees and staff members working to solve the unknowns of heart, lung, and blood vessel diseases. The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the BC Knowledge Development Fund and their partners have awarded over $20 million to the iCAPTURE Centre at St. Paul's Hospital for infrastructure that will help propel the team to a new level of discovery. The purpose of the iCAPTURE Centre is to link recent breakthroughs in genetic sciences to abnormal gene expression and to changes in the structure and function (phenotype) of cells, tissues, and organs related to the development of heart, lung, and blood vessel diseases.

Providence Heart and Lung Institute at St. Paul's Hospital
Launched in June 2007, the Providence Heart and Lung Institute at St. Paul's Hospital merges and integrates all of Providence's heart and lung research, education and care programs under one umbrella. Its mandate is to transform cardiovascular and pulmonary research and care—transferring new care solutions from the laboratory to the clinics and communities to improve the lives of British Columbians.

For more information, please contact:

Ms. Melanie Hanson
Operation Leader
The iCAPTURE Centre
Phone: 604-806-9266

Mr. Justin Karasick
Providence Health Care
Phone: 604-806-8583
Pager: 604-667-4397