uCalgary Institute for Public Health renamed in honour of $12 M gift

September 24, 2014

The University of Calgary’s Institute for Public Health has been renamed the O’Brien Institute for Public Health in recognition of a $12 M gift from David and Gail O’Brien. The funding will help the Institute attract additional senior-level investigators, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows, and will also be used as catalyst funding to help secure provincial and national grants. One-third of the donation will be set aside as an endowment fund for the Institute. “We are hopeful the institute’s work will lead to huge strides in reducing the number of chronically ill as well as the challenges around health advocacy and prevention in Alberta,” said Gail O’Brien. uCalgary President Elizabeth Cannon added, “this gift is an important investment in better health and health care in our local, national, and global communities, coming from highly respected community leaders and tremendous friends of the University of Calgary.” uCalgary News