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2012 Edition

The 2012 edition saw 450 people come together to raise more than $840,000 that will go towards research.

Honorary patrons

A group of Quebec leaders who have come together to encourage and put the spotlight on scientific excellence by showing their support for the researchers at the CRCHUM, North America’s largest francophone biomedical research centre.

Brian Mulroney, Senior Partner, Norton Rose Canada

Julie Snyder, President and producer, Productions J

Jean Bédard, President and Chief Executive Officer, Groupe Sportscene

Gilbert Rozon, President and Founder, Groupe Juste pour rire

Me Mario Charpentier, Managing Partner, BCF

Richard Morency, Director Public Relations, Casino de Montréal

Jacques Turgeon, Director, CRCHUM

Dr Jean-Louis Chiasson, Clinician and Researcher, CRCHUM

Dr Pavel Hamet, Clinician and Researcher, CRCHUM


Invited Nobel Laureate


Professor Ferid Murad

Professor Murad, an American pharmacologist was awarded the Nobel Prize for his work on the effects of nitric oxide, which led to the refinement and discovery of treatments for cardiovascular and pulmonary disorders.  He managed to find a natural mechanism until then unknown, which controls the blood vessels of the body to relax and widen.

Dr. Murad has determined that treatments derived nitric oxide, such as nitroglycerin, call the levels of nitric oxide in the body level, which prevents thrombus formation and stimulates the nerve celles, helps to destroy bacteria and parasites and helps to heal some lung problems.

Nitric oxide is produced naturally by the body and acts as a signal that stimulates an increase in vessel diameter. The expansion allows, among other things, lower blood pressure and improves the performance of the heart. Blood circulates better in the vessels and the discovery also led to the creation of Viagra.

Born in 1936, Indiana (USA), Dr. Murad was also recipient of the American Heart Association – CIBA Award (1988), the Albert Lasker basic Medical Research Award (1996), and more than forty other awards and honors. He has published and participated in the writing nearly 400 books and scientific articles.