The Molly Appeal Fall 2019

Like Molly Moore, we know that every gift makes a difference and when it comes to health research, your gift has the ability to change and save lives. Our researchers work tirelessly to establish solid preventative measures, faster diagnosis, better and more personalized treatments and, ultimately, cures for the conditions and diseases that effect everyone. You, as a donor, are a part of our vision to create a world where good health, both mentally and physically, are a reality for all; health research is the key. 

What we're fundraising for

Today, the options to fight cancer are surgery, chemo, and radiation. Each of them have difficult side effects on patients who are already suffering so much. We want to change this.

Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation’s fall 2019 Molly Appeal is set to equip Dalhousie’s Faculty of Medicine’s leading research teams with a sophisticated device that will open up a whole new scientific frontier in eastern Canada.

The Orbitrap Fusion Mass Spectrometer will improve our ability to advance personalized cancer treatments, as each patient’s cancer is different. Not only that, this equipment can help research in MANY health conditions and diseases. 

The mass spectrometer will allow us to analyze cells and discover how they fight disease. This equipment is vital in our efforts to learn how to train our immune system to fight cancer.

This powerful equipment will transform our ability to diagnose and treat cancer and other diseases

We need to raise $251,082 to help purchase this equipment. With support from donors like you, we will have the mass spectrometer working in our labs within the year.

Your gift today will help bring hope and better outcomes to the many families living with cancer and other challenging diseases and conditions. And your donation towards this equipment will accelerate the pace of our research and lead us to breakthroughs sooner. 

Here’s what your donation will do.

  • With this new equipment, our researchers will seek new treatment solutions that are not as invasive. Research is helping us discover how to train our own immune cells to kill cancer... and help prevent cancer from coming back!
  • This is critical because cancer cells have learned to hide from our immune system. Through research, we’ve discovered how to train our immune system to hunt and kill cancer. Already this has helped people throughout the Maritimes and beyond. Someone you know may be receiving this type of treatment today.
  • The mass spectrometer is imperative to all health research. Not only will it be used in cancer research, but it is essential to so many researchers searching for treatments and cures for all diseases and conditions at Dalhousie’s Faculty of Medicine.

The Orbitrap Fusion Mass Spectrometer will replace 20-year-old technology to provide researchers with the most powerful tool available for analyzing proteins and the by-products of metabolism in cells, rapidly and precisely. This will shed light on the mechanisms of a vast range of diseases, including cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, autoimmune diseases, infectious diseases, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. The Orbitrap Fusion Mass Spectrometer is up to 100 times more sensitive than the technology it will replace, giving scientists dramatically more detailed information about the workings of proteins and metabolites in the body, and paving the way to new strategies for diagnosing and treating disease. The new equipment will position Dalhousie medical researchers to be international leaders in the emerging and influential field of proteometabolomics, which studies the impact of both proteins and metabolites on cell function in health and disease.



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Meet some of the patients you'll be helping


Our Researchers

Here is just a snapshot of some of the outstanding researchers whose research will be significantly impacted by the purchase of the Orbitrap Fusion Mass Spectrometer. Their work is groundbreaking with outcomes that will improve health and healthcare for everyone. 



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