Research cheque presentation

 Janeway Foundation Presents $150,000 to Janeway Pediatric Research Unit

St. John’s, NL – The Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation has presented $150,000 to fund pediatric research in Newfoundland and Labrador.

“The Janeway, in affiliation with Memorial University, serves as a primary clinical resource for vital pediatric medical research,” said Lynn Sparkes, Executive Director, Janeway Foundation. “With our commitment to help fund such research, the Janeway Pediatric Research Unit will serve the needs of children throughout the province.  Incorporating this research into clinical practices enhances and expands programs by facilitating pediatric clinic trials, clinical studies, and health services initiatives.”

The donation will fund research in areas including:

– high risk births
– childhood obesity
– genetics
– infant feeding
– mental health

One such study is looking at ways to improve the well-being of young people living with type 1 diabetes. “Newfoundland and Labrador has some of the highest reported rates of type 1 diabetes in the world,” stated Dr. Roger Chafe, Director, Janeway Pediatric Research Unit.  “Currently, there are approximately 1,000 people in the province with the disease; roughly half are under the age of 18.”  Dr. Chafe continued, “Without additional funding for ongoing medical pediatric research, advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of illness and injury would not be possible.”

“Thanks to the support of our donors and partners, such critical research has the potential to have long-term, positive impact on our children and their families,” added Ms. Sparkes.


About the Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation

The Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation is a registered charitable organization created to raise funds to meet the financial needs of the Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre for capital projects, medical equipment and research and programs directly related to the health and welfare of NL children, while promoting awareness of these needs.