Medical Foundation

Kiwanis Medical Foundation / Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Discovery Day

Wednesday 12:00 at Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club

Join us for the launch of the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa Medical Foundation/Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Discovery Day in Health Sciences, an event which will be taking place at the University of Ottawa on May 31, 2019.   Although this event has been held in universities across Canada for over 15 years, it will be the first Discovery Day to be held in Ottawa. We are thus very excited to be a part of this inaugural event.

Keynote address from Lissa Foster, Executive Director of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, who will describe the impressive scope and history of the Discovery Day program.  Also joining us will be Dr. Paul Bragg, Vice-Dean, University of Ottawa, who will share the University’s perspective on the upcoming Ottawa Discovery Day. We will also be paying tribute to Kiwanis member Dr. Wilbert Keon, who died recently. He played a key role in the negotiations between the Kiwanis Medical Foundation, the University of Ottawa and the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame to bring the Discovery Days event to Ottawa. Dr. Keon is also a laureate of the Hall.

Kiwanis Luncheon - Kiwanis Medical Foundation


Kiwanis Medical Foundation Luncheon with Dr. David Park, Director of the Brain and Mind Institute of the University of Ottawa (uOBMRI).

“The University of Ottawa Brain and Mind Research Institute,  a new model for collaboration for groundbreaking research into Brain Disorders”

The uOBMRI’s mission is: to develop new therapies for neurological and psychiatric disorders by harnessing the brain`s internal potential for regeneration, protection, and recovery; and to implement fundamental changes in patient care by offering more integrated, personalized treatment plans based on findings from our research.

Dr. Park is also the Co-founder and Co-director of the Parkinson Research Consortium (PRC), a Professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine, an elected Royal Society of Canada Fellow and a recent World Class University scholar. 

Kiwanis Club of Ottawa Medical Foundation recognized for support of Cancer Foundation


Kiwanis Club of Ottawa Medical Foundation recognized for support of Cancer Foundation

On Wednesday, August 20th the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation recognized the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa Medical Foundation’s commitment to cancer research by hosting a dedication ceremony in the Richard & Annette Bloch Cancer Survivors Park.

"It is truly inspiring when groups like yours come together to help others." - Linda Eagen, Cancer Foundation President & CEO.

The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa is incredibly proud to support our local scientists, and has pledged $100,000 to the Cancer Foundation in support of local cancer research.  Those funds are being directed to the ground-breaking cancer research taking place in Dr. Korneluk’s lab at CHEO.  The research combines two experimental cancer treatments — viral therapy, which was pioneered at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, as well as IAP (inhibitor of apoptosis protein)-based therapies that target cancer genes, which were discovered at CHEO 19 years ago.


Luncheon Meeting - Dr. John Bell for Kiwanis Medical Foundation

12:00 - 13:45 at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier

Dr. John Bell, 

Senior Scientist, Cancer Therapeutics, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

“Using Viruses to Fight Cancer”
Dr. Bell will discuss their current understanding of how cancers arise and how they can use this information to develop new, safe and effective therapeutics. Will focus on their discovery that viruses can be engineered to specifically infect and kill tumours with examples from early human trials.

Luncheon Meeting - Medical Foundation

At the Hilton Garden Inn, Ottawa Airport.

The Kiwanis Medical Foundation Committee will present an update on the current activities of the Foundation in addition to an update on KMF funding research provided by 3 guest speakers -  Dr. Robert Korneluk from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa; Dr. Rafik Goubran, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at Carleton University; and  Linda Eagan from the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation.

We will also be recognizing the one who advocated for a 911 emergency response hotline in Ottawa in 1988 - one of our members,  Mark O'Neill!