University of Calgary

Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases

UToday HomeJanuary 24, 2012

By Todd O'Keefe

The Calvin, Phoebe and Joan Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases has a new name which is aimed at raising its profile, increasing funding interest and attracting and retaining new researchers.

Formerly called the Calvin, Phoebe and Joan Snyder Institute for Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, the Snyder Institute is one of seven research institutes within the Faculty of Medicine. It’s a collection of researchers and clinicians focusing on chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma, obesity, inflammatory bowel disease and cystic fibrosis

“There have been significant highlights for the Snyder Institute in this past year alone”, says Paul Kubes, the institute’s director and professor in the Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Physiology and Pharmacology. He says the institute has increased the success rate for Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) funding, renovated significant areas of the facility and has the full support of the university and faculty.

“But our name has not resonated with the general public, private donors and government,” says Kubes. “We have an obligation to communicate our purpose and cause to these audiences. Our new name of chronic diseases will potentially do all of the above, still preserve our scientific integrity, and hopefully open new doors for the institute and university as a whole.”

Read more about the announcement and the new name.