Breakthrough Breakfast

DMRF Breakthrough Breakfast: Eggs, With a Side of Hope!


On November 15th, hundreds of guests arrived bright and early to partake in the most important meal of the year!  DMRF was thrilled to celebrate its second Breakthrough Breakfast, an event created to recognize the important relationship that exists between donors and researchers. 

This year, we honoured the Lindsay family and their outstanding contribution to the field of severe mental health research. Believing prevention is possible and that early diagnosis of mental illness leads to better treatments and quality of life, the Lindsays’ have given a $500,000 gift that will create a fund to support a chair in mood disorders focused on bipolar disorder.  

"An enormous amount of money is funnelled into mental health but we are not getting at the heart of the problem,” explains Lindsay family member, Deborah Rotta-Loria.  “Early diagnosis and treatment is essential.  Dr. Uher and his team at Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation are doing just that:  opening new avenues for the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness in very young children – a worthy endeavour that needs our full support.”

A lifelong dedication to philanthropy has seen this devoted family giving back to the community that embraced them with open arms, many years ago.

“Mental illness has impacted a number of our family members over several generations,” says John Lindsay Jr..  “With my mother Marjorie’s ongoing engagement with DMRF we were made aware of the groundbreaking work of Dr. Uher and chose to become a supporter.”

World-renowned Dalhousie psychiatrist and medical researcher Dr. Rudolf Uher, discussed his Families Overcoming Risks and Building Opportunities for Wellbeing (FORBOW) project while introducing guests to Monique and Blair who have been working, along with their children, in the program for several years. The leading-edge FORBOW is a research and intervention-based project designed to help families living with severe mental illness.  

In recognition of this remarkable gift and thanks to funds raised through the breakfast event held in honour of the Lindsays, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation has created the DMRF Lindsay Graduate Studentship in Severe Mental Illness Research.