Our Story

map displaying the side-by-side location of U of T at MARS2, UHN, & SickKids

Based in Toronto and born from the largest private health-care gift in Canadian history, the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research’s core strength are its three world-renowned institutional partners: The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), University Health Network (UHN), and the University of Toronto (U of T). There, interconnected programs aim to address heart failure across the lifespan:

  • Cardiac Precision Medicine Program and Cardiac Genome Clinic applies novel biology-driven approaches to finding new therapies for childhood onset heart failure and will support one-of-a-kind adult and pediatric genome clinics intended to decipher the genetic basis of heart failure in patients with congenital heart disease and cardiomyopathy.
  • Integrated Program for Excellence in Heart Function will optimize heart failure outcomes, improve quality of life and reduce readmission to hospital. The goal: reduce re-hospitalizations by 50% in 10 years. It includes the Comprehensive Program in Heart Function, the Cardiotoxicity Prevention Program, and revolutionary work in machine learning and outcomes research that will transform patient care.
  • Translational Biology and Engineering Program examines how genes, molecules and cells function during cardiovascular development and disease. Interwoven labs are investigating three specific research priorities: (1) the repair and regeneration of heart tissue; (2) the mechanisms of fibrosis; and (3) co-morbidities of heart failure (e.g. hypertension, diabetes, autoimmune drug toxicity).

The Centre is unique and ambitious – a fitting legacy for its namesake, a man known for visionary leadership and creativity, and a Canadian family synonymous with innovation and progress.


The Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research launched in November 2014 formed, enabled by an unprecedented gift of $130 million from the Rogers family and jointly conceived by SickKids, UHN and U of T.

For more, see The Gift

“There are always lots of opportunities if you persevere and aren’t afraid to take chances,” Ted Rogers once said.

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To fulfill the vision held by our Honorary Patron, Loretta Rogers, we are governed by a Presidents’ Steering Committee and advised by a Scientific Advisory Panel.

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