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$1-million Gift Supports Research at Mount Sinai Hospital

May 17, 2006 — A new wave of researchers at the world-renowned Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital will benefit from a $1-million gift being provided by TD Bank Financial Group to advance the work of the best and the brightest young minds.

The gift establishes the TD Health Research Fellowship Program at Mount Sinai Hospital. It positions a new generation of skilled scientists for growth and success through the Research Institute's integrated research in areas such as colorectal cancer and other genomic investigation.

"At TD we believe that providing doctors and health-care professionals with access to funds for research and continuous learning opportunities is one of the most effective ways to impact the well being of all Canadians," said Jim Coccimiglio, Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking, TD Bank Financial Group. "We're pleased to help Mount Sinai realize its goals of excellence in health research while supporting the training of tomorrow's leaders in health care."

The TD Health Research Fellowship Program will support 25 postdoctoral and clinical fellow researchers with competitive trainee stipends to conduct research in their areas of expertise. Fellows will be chosen competitively, recruiting only the best and the brightest from Canada and abroad.

"There has never been a more exciting time in discovery and clinical translation," says Dr. Jim Woodgett, Director of the Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital. "This program will help train the next generation of scientists, and we are thrilled TD Bank is supporting both our academic commitment and the groundbreaking research we are doing."


About The Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute (SLRI)

Established in 1985, the SLRI at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto is one of the world's leading centres for biomedical research and home to one of the largest Canadian programs exploiting transgenic mouse and embryonic stem cell technologies to generate animal models of human disease. The Institute employs 719 research, administrative and support staff, 100,000 square feet of laboratory space and a 25,000-square-foot pre-clinical research lab. For more information about the SLRI, please visit www.mshri.on.ca.

About Mount Sinai Hospital

Mount Sinai Hospital is an internationally recognized, 472-bed acute care academic health centre affiliated with the University of Toronto known for excellence in the provision of compassionate patient care, teaching and research. Its key priority programs are Women's and Infants' Health, Surgical Subspecialties and Oncology and Internal Medicine.

About Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation

The Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation flourishes due to a deep culture of philanthropy. With annual revenues exceeding $29 million, more than $293 million has already been raised towards an ambitious $400 million goal in Phase II of The Best Medicine campaign. The Best Medicine campaign has a major focus on capital renewal, research and patient care. For more information, please visit www.mshfoundation.ca.

About TD Bank Financial Group's Community Relations

TD Bank Financial Group's Community Relations program supports education, health and the environment, with a focus on children and youth. TD Bank Financial Group sponsors four flagship programs -- TD Canadian Children's Book Week, TD Canada Trust Scholarships for Community Leadership, the Children's Miracle Network and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation -- as well as a host of national, regional and local children's programs across Canada.