About DMRF

Amazing advancements in medicine are being made - right here in the Maritimes. This is where tomorrow’s big leap forward takes its first step. It’s the product of the hard work and tireless effort of our researchers. And it’s made possible by generous donors who contribute to a cause that will benefit people around the world for generations to come. This is Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation. Where breakthroughs begin.

WHO ARE WE?

Founded in 1979, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF) is a registered charity established for the sole purpose of funding excellence in medical research at Dalhousie University Medical School in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick and its affiliated research and teaching institutions.

The Foundation focuses its support on four areas of research emphasis identified by Dalhousie Medical School: Cardiovascular research, Immunology research, Cancer research and Neuroscience research.

WHO SUPPORTS US?

DMRF is supported by the generosity of individuals and corporate donors from the Maritime Provinces and across Canada who believe in the importance of medical research. Fundraising and operating costs at DMRF are supported by a percentage of the annual investment income earned on the Foundation’s $70 million endowment portfolio. This means that 100% of every designated non-endowed donation to DMRF and 5.0% of annual DMRF endowment income currently goes directly to support medical research at Dalhousie Medical School and its affiliated institutions.

In 2010, Dalhousie Medical School expanded its medical student class to Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick (DMNB) in Saint John with affiliated teaching and research faculty and facilities throughout the province. DMRF committed a $1 million endowment fund to support the research component of this new teaching site.

DMRF has built an endowment of close to $80 million and provided funding of over $45 million, including support for 385 pieces of laboratory equipment, 56 research fellowships, 200 research studentships, 220 research awards and prizes and 10 endowed research chairs.

Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation’s support has enabled Dalhousie Medical School to build a world-renowned research capability. Dalhousie Medical School’s research programs are improving patient care and attracting top clinicians and the best minds in medical science to the Maritimes.

Your support can continue this important and critical work.


MISSION – WHAT WE DO

By raising and stewarding funds, we provide an increasing level of support for medical research excellence at Dalhousie Medical School and its affiliated health care institutions.

VISION – WHAT WE ASPIRE TO ACHIEVE

The development of cures, improvement of treatments, and prevention of disease through world-class research at Dalhousie Medical School.

VALUES – OUR CORE BEHAVIOURAL PRINCIPLES

  • Donor centricity
  • Responsible stewardship 
  • Partnership and collaboration 
  • Entrepreneurial thinking
  • Integrity, transparency, and accountability
  • We ascribe to the Donor Bill of Rights of the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) and the Code of Ethics of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).   We strive to ensure that these principles are incorporated into day to day activities and are fundamental to any new fundraising initiatives.

As a granting agency, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation values:

Flexibility to respond in a timely manner to the changing needs of the Faculty of Medicine and its faculty members.

The importance of program evaluation measured by the following criteria:

  1. Outstanding contributions to the body of scientific knowledge
  2. Growth in the Faculty’s capacity for research
  3. Improvements in patient care and treatments

Research mission addresses region’s top health priorities

Dalhousie Medical School is focusing its research resources and talent on the most pressing health concerns in the Maritimes – while building on existing strengths in four key areas: cancer, cardiology, neuroscience, and the overlapping fields of inflammation, infection and immunity.