The foundation of the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal had three main objectives:
To create a high-calibre and internationally-reputed biomedical research centre in Quebec, and ensure that research becomes and remains an important preoccupation in our society.
To assemble, under one roof, teams including both fundamental and clinical researchers, thus establishing the concept of translational research, which is essential to the comprehension of the mechanism and treatment of diseases.
To train young talented researchers to become the next generation of top scientists in the province’s hospitals and universities.
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A promising future
Historically, the IRCM gained its notoriety and reputation for its fundamental and clinical research in the field of cardiovascular diseases. Thanks to its success in this area, the IRCM became renowned internationally as a first-class biomedical research centre.
Following its first expansion in 1975, the institute began to develop significantly in other research fields by drawing promising scientists from across the globe, and by installing modern state-of-the-art technologies.
The IRCM largely focuses on diseases predominant in Western society, such as cardiovascular diseases – the IRCM’s initial specialty – cancer, immune system diseases, and neurodegenerative diseases. The institute continues to emphasize the causes and consequences of these diseases, and this strength will the basis for its future expansions.