The Victor Dahdaleh Foundation funds a wide range of academic research into areas such as neuroscience and cardiovascular disease, as well as broader global issues with health implications such as migration and the environment.

Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research

The Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research was opened in 2015 at York University in Canada. Funded by a $20m donation from the Foundation, the Institute works with a network of local and global partners to reframe the ways high and low income countries collaborate to meet the most pressing global health challenges of our time.

York University was the first Canadian university to launch Global Health BA and BSc programmes, centred on global health policy and governance.

Special areas of focus for the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research are social determinants of health, global eHealth, disease modelling, disability studies, human rights, refugees, indigenous peoples and the environment.

The Foundation’s original support has opened the door to further funding – both public and private sector – for York’s Faculty of Health.

Neuroscience research at McGill Unversity

A supporter of McGill University in Montreal, Canada, the Victor Dahdaleh Foundation has funded the establishment of a new Chair in Neurosciences and has recently doubled the funding for the Foundation’s existing scholarship programme at the university.

The new Chair builds on McGill’s existing world-class research in neuroscience – particularly imaging and genetics – to move towards a unified approach to the study of chronic brain disease, bringing together psychiatry, neurology, rehabilitation science and related clinical disciplines.

As with York University, the Foundation’s support has been a catalyst for further funding – in this case from the Canadian government, which matched the donation.

Cardiovascular research

The Foundation is committed to supporting a number of the UK’s top centres of research into cardiovascular disease.

As well as long-standing support for the British Heart Foundation, the Foundation provides grants to the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College London, a leading centre of research into diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma. This funding specifically supports cardiovascular medical research in the subdivision of Vascular Biology.

A number of studies into vascular disease carried out at Royal Brompton Hospital in London have also been funded by the Victor Dahdaleh Foundation.