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About the Causes

In laboratories and universities across the country, Canadians are partners in IMRIC's astonishing research. By bringing Canada and Israel together, key partnerships have been made in research and funding. It is with these collaborations that the diseases which affect us all will be eradicated.

"A hundred times a day I remind myself that my inner and outer lives are based on the labours of other people, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving." — Albert Einstein

 

Alzheimer's Disease

Many families have had to go through the pain of watching a loved one suffer from Alzheimer's disease. This devastating disease, which worsens over time, robs people of their ability to remember things, make decisions, and so much more.

At IMRIC, discoveries are being made to help slow down the process of aging, thereby slowing down the progression of Alzheimer's. It is these discoveries that could allow families to spend more cherished time with their loved ones.

 

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Every year, more and more children get diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. With an onset prior to three years of age, these children spend the majority of their lives dealing with the academic and social implications that are associated with this brain disorder.

The exact cause of autism remains unknown however IMRIC is committed to making as many strides in research in this area as possible.

 

Breast Cancer

Each year, thousands of women, both young and old, are plagued by the devastating diagnosis of breast cancer. This disease not only affects these women individually, but their families as well.

The IMRIC collaboration between McGill University and the Hebrew University will help us to understand how cancer cell programming works, which can help scientists stop the spread of the cancer. This research can give doctors more effective forms of treatment and save the lives of thousands of women in the future.

 

Diabetes

Many young people are diagnosed with diabetes, an irreversible disease that affects otherwise healthy people. The day-to-day care that diabetes requires is something that poses life-long challenges for those diagnosed.

At IMRIC and the University of Alberta, research is being done to provide radical new treatment for those suffering from diabetes so that their lives will no longer be controlled by this distressing disease.

 

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is the leading known cause of developmental disability in Canada. Innocent children contract this disorder due to maternal consumption of alcohol during pregnancy.

The collaboration between IMRIC and the University of Manitoba is hoping to reduce the severity and incidence of FASD and to ensure that no child will ever have to suffer from this debilitating disorder ever again.

 

HIV/AIDS

HIV and AIDS are conditions that are compromising the health of individuals across the globe. The immense suffering caused by this disease is a result of the gradual degeneration of the immune system, making it harder for the body to fight infections.

IMRIC's research with the University of Manitoba is researching HIV/AIDS and the development of a natural resistance to this and other infectious diseases so that one day the spread of this disease can be stopped in its tracks.

 

Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's is a devastating disease and one of the most common nervous system disorders of the elderly. It often develops after the age of 50, but can affect young people if the disease runs in the family.

However, there is some hope. IMRIC and the University of Toronto are leading the way in the exploration of new techniques to treat Parkinson's. It is their hope that one day ways to prevent the disease will be found.

 

Prostate Cancer

The third most common cause of death from cancer in men of all ages is prostate cancer. In men over the age of 75, it is the main cause of death. It is IMRIC, the Men's Health Initiative of British Columbia, VGH and the University of British Columbia's main goal to develop ways to effectively treat this deadly killer.

It is from this research that they hope no more sons, fathers, husbands and grandfathers will have to suffer.

 

Spinal Cord Injury

One of the most serious injuries that can occur to someone previously healthy is a spinal cord injury. The consequences of such an injury can result in the inability to walk and/or paralysis, which has severe effects on one's lifestyle.

To develop a standard of care that would benefit those suffering from such injuries, IMRIC is working on two collaborative projects, one with the University of Calgary and the other with the University of British Columbia and the Rick Hansen Institute. It is their hope that those suffering from such injuries can continue to live as normal a life as possible.

 

Visual Impairment

284 million people are visually impaired worldwide. Imagine not knowing what colors look like or having to walk everywhere with a white cane. For people who live with visual impairments, this is a part of every day life.

At IMRIC, we are training people to 'see' with sound and walk without the use of the traditional white cane. Training in sensory substitution and the development of the virtual cane gives new hope to people who are learning to 'see' in ways they never thought possible.

 

Who Benefits?

When a participant selects an avatar, their registration funds are directed toward that research partnership. After the VMMR is complete, the winning avatar will receive the largest monetary prize and the remaining funds will be divided among the sponsoring organizations.