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 About the Krembil Research Institute

The Krembil Research Institute, formerly named the Toronto Western Research Institute, is the research arm of Toronto Western Hospital.  

Research within Krembil is directed at the development of diagnostics, treatments and management strategies in the following three program areas: 

  • Brain and spine disorders, such as Parkinson's disease, stroke, epilepsy, spinal cord injuries, dementia, concussion, pain and depression
  • Bone and joint disorders, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and ankylosing spondylitis
  • Eye disorders, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and retinopathy    

Our goal is to be one of the top five research institutes, worldwide. To reach our long-term goal, Krembil will:

  1. Increase research excellence productivity, in terms of high-impact papers and citations, by 10% within the next four years, and 15% within the next six years.
  2. Recruit eight new researchers, in the next five years.
  3. Establish a clinical research unit, to add to our growing research capacity and further contribute to translational research excellence.


Krembil: Relentless


A history of giving 

Inspired by the exceptional clinicians, scientists and staff at Toronto ​Western Hospital, Robert and Linda Krembil, with their son Mark and his wife Stacey, have dedicated the power of their philanthropy to building the neuroscience program at University Health Network (UHN) into a world leading clinical and research centre.

In 1998, the family established the Krembil Family Chair in Neurology, which marked the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship with Toronto Western Hospital.

In 2001, the Krembil Neuroscience Centre at Toronto Western Hospital was named in recognition of their unprecedented support. 

When approached by the hospital leadership about a long-held dream for a purpose-built research facility, Robert and Linda pledged the lead gift to build the Krembil Discovery Tower. Through the Krembil Foundation, the family has broadened its support to fund research projects in rheumatology, osteoarthritis, stem cell biology and nursing.  

In honour of the family's remarkable giving history to Toronto Western Hospital and UHN, the Krembil Research Institute now proudly bears the Krembil name.

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