Launch of the Maryse & William Brock Chair in Stem Cell Transplantation

From left to right : Yvan Gendron, President and General Manager, CIUSSS, Hélène Boisjoly, Dean of Faculty of Medecine, Guy Breton, Rector, William Brock, Jean Roy, Professor and holder of the Chair, Maryse Bertrand, Daniel Weisdorf, Professor at University of Minnesota.

From left to right : Yvan Gendron, President and General Manager, CIUSSS, Hélène Boisjoly, Dean of Faculty of Medecine, Guy Breton, Rector, William Brock, Jean Roy, Professor and holder of the Chair, Maryse Bertrand, Daniel Weisdorf, Professor at University of Minnesota.

Credit: Caroline Dostie

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The chair is named after Maryse & William Brock in recognition of the couple’s donations and exceptional philanthropic efforts for many years. The chair is led by Dr. Jean Roy.

A chair in applied research into stem cell transplantation has been created at the University of Montreal with gifts totalling $2.3 million. The chair is named after Maryse & William Brock in recognition of the couple’s donations and exceptional philanthropic efforts for many years. The chair is led by Dr. Jean Roy, professor at the University of Montreal’s Faculty of Medicine and researcher at the Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital.

“When I was diagnosed with leukemia in 2004, I looked for the best place in the world to be treated… and I found it here, in Montreal, at Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital,” explained William Brock. “And if knowledge has grown exponentially in the field of stem cell transplantation, it is thanks to the work of research teams from the University of Montreal. Once recovered, I wanted to make my own contribution in supporting their research.”

In addition to the generous donations of the couple Maryse & William Brock and other donors, several philanthropic activities have been organized to raise funds to ensure the sustainability of the chair, including two cycling tours in Europe. A second book is also in preparation.

« Leukemia is still a major killer,” said University of Montreal rector, Guy Breton. « Remarkable progress has been made and has brought the survival rate to 90%… in children. However, for adults, the picture is quite different, and leukemia is still fatal half the time. That is why the new Maryse & William Brock Research Chair is so important.”

Finally, Dr. Roy underlined the commitment of William Brock. “He was a determined patient and is today a true partner of our team. The researchers of the chair that bears his name draw inspiration from the courage and tenacity of William Brock and his wife, Maryse Bertrand. I thank them from the bottom of my heart, on behalf of all our transplant patients and future transplant patients.”

To learn more about the Chair and to donate, visit www.stemcellchair.com.

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