Thanks to the generous contributions of donors, the 2003 Molly Appeal raised $173,000 for cardiovascular research at Dalhousie Medical School. These funds enabled researchers to purchase a specialized echocardiography machine and establish the beginnings of an ambitious new ‘Core Facility for Experimental Heart Disease.’
Researchers are using the Molly Appeal-funded equipment to explore heart function – as well as new strategies for preventing chronic rejection of heart transplants and repairing the damage caused by heart attacks. The equipment has helped attract clinical investigators from a variety of fields, including pediatrics, surgery and cardiology. These physicians and surgeons bring enormous talent, diversity and enthusiasm to Dalhousie Medical School’s dynamic Cardiovascular Research Group.
In 2007, the Molly Appeal will provide additional support to the Cardiovascular Research Group, as it builds on its core facility to develop a Centre for Excellence in Heart Function Research.
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