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A New Home for Discovery: A Message from the Principal

Thirty-six months ago, I remarked how proud we were of our record of accomplishments in biomedical research at the McGill University Life Sciences Complex groundbreaking ceremony. In the three short years that have passed, we have recorded outstanding breakthroughs in this field. From the discovery of the PTP1B gene, associated with the propagation of breast cancer in two of five affected women, to the identification of the gene that causes spina bifida, McGill University researchers have shown once again why we are world leaders in life sciences research.

The McGill University Life Sciences Complex will support the very best researchers and scientists with the very best facilities and tools. Here, our expertise in biomedical science will work to fulfill our mission: providing outstanding knowledge, technology and service to society in Quebec, Canada and around the world.

I am enormously proud of our record of innovation and invention and our outstanding scientists, and I am honoured to have at McGill this new home for discovery.

Heather Munroe-Blum, OC
Principal and Vice-Chancellor

Richard I. Levin, MD
Vice-Principal (Health Affairs),
Dean of the Faculty of Medicine

Since World War II, the biomedical sciences have made extraordinary progress towards understanding human disease, and McGill has led the way in many landmark discoveries. On this scaffold, the next era of discovery in the life sciences will take us to unprecedented heights—further than could have been imagined only 50 years ago. This revolution in research requires a new world of investigation defined by collaboration and interaction across many disciplines.

With the opening of our new research buildings, the Faculties of Medicine and Science are entering into an exciting venture that amplifies our strengths in biological and medical research. McGill’s Life Sciences Complex is a world-class venue that brings together great scientists and the modern tools to accelerate the pace of their discoveries. The Complex lays the foundation for medical and scientific researchers to uncover the biological basis of disease, translate research into better health and patient care, and train tomorrow’s leaders in the health sciences.

On behalf of the Faculty of Medicine, I applaud the visionaries of this remarkable undertaking whose strong beliefs, passion and forward thinking will enable McGill to pioneer new frontiers in molecular medicine. Thanks to their foresight and the dedication of their teams, together with vital support from private and government partners, the Life Sciences Complex has become a reality, heralding this new era that will improve knowledge of health and disease for the people in our communities, here in Quebec and around the world.

Martin Grant,
Dean of the Faculty of Science

McGill University’s long tradition of excellence, particularly in the area of life sciences, is no big secret. What most people don’t realize, however, is that the key reason behind McGill’s success is the interdisciplinary culture cultivated here over the years. From the groundbreaking cooperation of chemist Frederick Soddy and physicist Ernest Rutherford more than a century ago, to the collaboration between microbiologist Mark Wainberg and chemist Bernard Belleau in the development of the antiretroviral drug 3TC in the 1980s, McGill has long been at the forefront of collaborative research.

The McGill Life Sciences Complex represents a significant step forward in that spirit of cooperation. This is an enterprise which brings the best of McGill under one roof. It unites Science and Medicine and brings pure research together with the quest for practical applications. We now have the means and the minds to power whole new avenues of research, new treatments and new opportunities for the biomedical and pharmaceutical sector. Most of all, we have the potential to deliver good news to people for decades to come.

The opening of the Life Sciences Complex is an important milestone not only for McGill, but for the entire world. On behalf of everyone at the Faculty of Science, I want to thank all those involved in this exciting and critical endeavour. A new era in life sciences awaits.

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