Hamiltonians Charles and Margaret Juravinski Invest $3.3 million in COVID-19 and Brain Health Research

Charles and Margaret Juravinski
April 3, 2020

Philanthropists Charles and Margaret Juravinski have made a new gift of $3.3 million to accelerate COVID-19-related and brain health research as part of the newly formed Juravinski Research Institute in Hamilton.

Last spring the couple created an endowment of $100 million or more to support collaborative research across Hamilton Health Sciences, McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. Their estate commitment is one of Canada’s largest ever planned legacy gifts and established the Juravinski Research Institute.

Charles, 90, and Margaret, 88, wanted to help advance the work of the city’s renowned health researchers, practitioners and clinician-scientists as they tackle the many challenges the COVID-19 pandemic poses in our local community, across the country and around the globe.

“We have seen a lot in our lives, and we know by now that there is more than enough ingenuity and goodwill in this world to defeat this pandemic,” the couple said in a new Letter to the Community. “Bringing ingenuity and goodwill together requires resources, and that is why we are making this gift. Our wish is that it may inspire hope. We hope it will produce results that benefit people immediately. We urge others to find ways to give what they can.”

Researchers from the two hospital systems and the university are collaborating to investigate the efficacy/efficiency of masks and respirators worn by health care professionals, the impact of a pandemic on emergency departments, critical and intensive care units and staff, development of a rapid sampling and detection testing system, and advancing COVID-19 research capabilities by capitalizing on existing national expertise in data collection and biobanks.

“Charles and Margaret Juravinski have again demonstrated their love for this city through this wonderful gift,” said Rob MacIsaac, President and CEO, Hamilton Health Sciences. “Thanks to their generosity, researchers will both tackle the immediate challenge of COVID-19, as well as a number of important longer term brain health initiatives that will help people here and around the world.”

Leading brain health researchers, who also received funding from the new gift, will examine mental health and addiction in young people, learning disabilities and the effects on children’s mental health, and the development of new imaging technology to predict outcomes and support the recovery of patients with concussions or traumatic brain injury.

“We wanted to choose projects that are relevant, that are impactful, but also projects that can be started fast and reach results quickly,” said Dr. Julian Dobranowski of the Juravinski Research Institute steering committee, which approved the Institute’s inaugural eight projects. “It’s great to see positive momentum and know that the funds, through the Juravinskis and the research institute, will start having an immediate impact on lives!”

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Many friends and supporters of Hamilton Health Sciences have been inspired by the Juravinskis’ generous acts and have made a donation to the Juravinski Research Fund in their honour.  We thank you for your consideration of a gift in their honour.

If you would like information on establishing an investment in health care as part of your own estate plan with a gift in your will, please contact Carrie Gemmell (gemmellc@hhsc.ca) at Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation.