Our Story

The Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research launched in 2014 after what was the largest private gift in Canadian health-care history united three world-renowned institutions: The Hospital for Sick Children, University Health Network and the University of Toronto.

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Six years after visionary entrepreneur Ted Rogers died of heart failure, the Rogers family made a $130 million donation to pioneer a collaborative effort to study that same disease. It was matched by each partner, creating an unprecedented $270 million commitment to positively impact one of the most challenging chronic diseases in the world. 

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“Our children and I wanted to do something very meaningful in Ted’s memory,” said Loretta Rogers at the Centre’s launch in November 2014.

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Heart failure took Ted from us when he was 75 years old. In the future, we want fewer Canadians to experience heart failure and allow those who do to live much longer.

The Promise

At the heart of our story is “the promise of a healthy heart.” For it, we are building an person-centred approach to heart failure care and prevention – no longer a lofty ambition but instead an achievable necessity.