2019 Molly Appeal Campaign the mass spectrometer

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

You can never truly be prepared to hear that your son’s or daughter’s heart has stopped. Mother Wendy Coley knows this all too well. Last November, her son Curtis was in a serious car accident that stopped his heart, twice.

Dr. Rob Green, a trauma and critical care provider knows that time is of the essence with treating someone like Curtis. With a severe brain injury like Curtis’, the traditional course of treatment is heavy sedation. But Dr. Green's experience taught him that a patient’s overall condition doesn’t improve very quickly under sedation.

The mass spectrometer that DMRF's Molly Appeal is fundraising for could have provided the science necessary to ensure Dr. Green and his team made an accurate and timely decision regarding Curtis' recovery; instead, they had to wait two months and then make that crucial choice.

Thankfully, Dr. Green and his team's experience led them to taking Curtis off of sedation and he made a slow but steady recovery.

This holiday season, Mom Wendy's greatest gift is sharing this special time of year with her son.

As donors, you can play a big part in helping our researchers develop more effective personalized treatment plans and improve the lives of people like Curtis.

We need your help to reach our $251,082 goal.

Curtis’ story is just one example of what advances in medical research can do. Your continued generosity will help save lives and improve the quality of life for people throughout the Maritimes and beyond.

  • 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
  • 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 people facing trauma, cancer and many 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.

  • 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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