Calgary Herald Article on Harley Hotchkiss Being Honoured As "Champion Of Spinal Cord Research"

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Hotchkiss Honoured

April 28, 2011 - A prominent Calgarian is the recipient of a first-time award for being a "champion of spinal cord research."

Harley HotchkissHarley Hotchkiss was awarded the Israel-Canada Award for Outstanding Contribution to Medical Research from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada on Wednesday.

"Harley Hotchkiss demonstrates outstanding community leadership, philanthropic work and support for medical research," said Dina Wachtel, executive director of the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. "This is the first IMRIC award being given in Canada."

Besides helping bring the Calgary Flames to the city, Hotchkiss helped found the Hotchkiss Brain Institute at the University of Calgary.

The institute conducts neuroscience and mental health research and was launched through a contribution by the Hotchkiss family in 2004.

Dr. Samuel Weiss, director of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, said the award is very important in recognizing Hotchkiss and "everything he has done for health, health research and not just for the community locally, but throughout the world."

The gala evening Wednesday also kicked off a fundraising campaign. The Calgary-based institute has ties to the Israeli university through spinal cord research and money will go toward collaborative research by both universities looking at chronic pain.

Other Canadian universities working with IMRIC include the University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, University of Manitoba and McGill University.

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