Today, Google honours Karl Landsteiner, an immunologist and pathologist who was born in Vienna on June 14th, 1868 and would have turned 148 today.
In 1901, Landsteiner classified human blood into different groups and created the ABO blood group system that we still use today. His discovery won him the Nobel Prize in 1930, and made blood transfusion a life-saving medical practice.
First there was the St. Boniface Hospital, then there was the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation, and then came St. Boniface Hospital Research - which has evolved into a research campus that includes the Sakharov MRI Centre and the I.H. Asper Clinical Research Institute.
Together they create and maintain a tradition of excellence in medical care, education, and research.
The St. Boniface Hospital is Western Canada's first hospital. It was founded in 1871 by the Grey Nuns, a religious congregation inspired by Mother Marguerite D'Youville. The Mission, Aims and Objectives of the Hospital were then, as they are now:
To provide the highest quality of care to its patients and of service to its community
To participate in the education of personnel
To promote research for the improvement of patient care
The St. Boniface Hospital Foundation was established in 1971 as part of the centennial celebrations of the Hospital. The Foundation acts as the primary fund-raising body for the St. Boniface Hospital Inc., and promotes excellence in health care research related to the prevention and treatment of disease, the promotion of good health, and improvements in patient care. All with the overriding objective of improving individual quality of life and respecting the individual.
St. Boniface Hospital Research is a result of the emphasis that both the Hospital and Foundation place on medical research.