Donation supports programs focused on healthcare and environmental research and education

McGill will be able to create fellowships in health sciences and health leadership as well as expand environmental research in the Arctic, thanks to a $2-million donation from Ferring Canada, a subsidiary of Ferring Pharmaceuticals, it was announced on Thursday, Sept. 1.

The donation continues this focus by creating two new Ferring Pharmaceutical Fellowships to support graduate students in McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management and Faculty of Medicine.

“We are very grateful to Ferring Pharmaceuticals for this latest donation, which builds on an established partnership with our University,” says McGill Principal and Vice-Chancellor Suzanne Fortier. “Ferring’s generosity will help maintain Canada’s leadership in the health sciences by allowing us to recruit exceptional young researchers and train them in disciplines essential to our future.”

The donation will establish the Ferring Fellowships in Health Leadership in the Desautels Faculty of Management in the International Masters for Health Leadership Program (IMHL Program), which will be awarded to graduate students entering the IMHL Program who seek to enact transformative change in healthcare delivery in Canadian communities. The donation will also provide support for the renovation of the Desautels Faculty facilities.

In addition, the Ferring Pharmaceuticals Postdoctoral Fellowships in Health will provide support to one or more Postdoctoral Fellows in McGill’s Faculty of Medicine pursuing research in the areas of Reproductive Health, Urology, Orthopaedics/Orthobiologics, Gastroenterology or Endocrinology.

“Investment into scientific education and research is critical for healthcare innovation, and these programs will provide resources to some of our country’s most promising future healthcare leaders,” says Michel Pettigrew, President of the Executive Board and Chief Operating Officer of Ferring Pharmaceuticals, and a McGill alumnus. “McGill is one of the premier research-based institutions, and Ferring is proud to extend our partnership.”

Underlining its commitment to the global environment, Ferring will also continue to fund research for the Canadian Arctic Ice Buoy Program in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, which investigates causes of, and possible solutions to, the challenges of climate change.

September 1, 2016