From bench to bedside

Gift helps get research out of the lab
to benefit patients

Western’s aim to discover and bring new therapies to patients with conditions such as Alzheimer’s, stroke and heart disease has been significantly bolstered thanks to a $1-million gift from Dr. Cecil Rorabeck and his wife Linda.

Combined with a $500,000 bequest from Western supporter Myra Millson, the $1.5 million was matched by Western for a total of $3 million to establish the The Cecil and Linda Rorabeck Chair in Molecular Neuroscience and Vascular Biology. The Chair is located at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry’s Robarts Research Institute.

“I can’t say enough good things about how the gift has been used in our own situation. And how other gifts have been used that I’m personally familiar with.”

Dr. Cecil Rorabeck, O.C.

Dr. Rorabeck, one of the world’s leading experts on hip and knee replacement surgery, served as Robarts’ interim CEO and Scientific Director in 2007. He and Linda have made contributions to their community for years through philanthropy, volunteer and professional work. Their belief in the promise of medical research prompted the gift.

From researching nerves and arterial blood flow in the lab to using that work to combat dementia and keep hearts healthy, the support for Robarts research Robarts will help bring results to patients faster.

“I have been fortunate to see from the inside the extraordinary work and resources it takes to develop and bring discoveries to the patients who are waiting every day, filled with hope,” said Rorabeck. “Linda and I have chosen to invest in scientists who will be able to translate their discoveries from the lab to the bedside. Robarts is helping redefine excellence internationally and we want to continue to support that excellence.”