OCTOBER 27, 2018
Founded in 2005, Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival (Grand Cru) is Canada’s premier wine and culinary fundraiser for medical research and innovation, and was recognized as the #1 benefit event in Toronto and #3 in Canada for 2017.
Assembling the finest wine, gourmet cuisine and the brightest minds in medical research, Grand Cru has raised more than $25.7 million since 2005 to support scientific research and fund key program areas at University Health Network (UHN).
This year’s proceeds will be directed to the The Arthritis Program, the Donald K. Johnson Eye Centre, the Krembil Neuroscience Centre the Transplant Program, the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre and the Diabetes Program at Toronto General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital, UHN.
Drs. Nizar Mahomed and Raj Rampersaud and their team are working to advance and improve patient care for those with arthritis – including creating new models of care, predictive tools and new treatments.
Dr. Gary Lewis leads the charge, collaborating with scientists around the world to advance leading-edge research that aims to eliminate the need for daily insulin injections and understand what causes diabetes.
Dr. Allan Slomovic uses donor cells to return sight to legally blind patients, while alleviating debilitating pain – he has become an expert in a version of this procedure, which further improves patient outcomes.
Dr. Frank Silver is implementing and monitoring clinical trials in stroke, and exploring how to improve care for stroke patients through regional organized care.
Dr. Shaf Keshavjee is finding new ways to repair and regenerate damaged lungs, and Dr. Ian McGilvray is transforming how we treat and cure liver disease.
Dr. Phyllis Billia is exploring how to reverse heart failure by using genetic reprogramming to coax the heart to heal itself.