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May 11, 2015 It is with tremendous sadness that we announce today that "The Barbara Turnbull Foundation" founder, miss Barbara Turnbull, passed away on Sunday May 10, 2015 from complications associated with pneumonia ..
Oct. 2, 2013 Barbara Turnbull wrote an e-book during the summer of 2013. It‘s an interesting read called – What I Know: Lessons from My 30 Years as a Quadriplegic. You‘ll find it to be candid, moving and very inspiring. Click here to read more ..
Nov. 12, 2010 The Barbara Turnbull Foundation has awarded its annual spinal cord research award to two Dalhousie Medical School researchers in Toronto. Here are details of the event ..
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June 18, 2007 Barbara Turnbull receives an honorary doctorate of laws from the University of Toronto. Here are further details ..
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Nov. 05, 2004 Canadians James Till, Ernest McCulloch and Charles Philippe Leblond Developed New Frontier of Health Research
Jan. 17, 2003 Distinguished Spinal Cord Researcher Receives Barbara Turnbull Award
Feb. 14, 2002 Heart and Stroke Foundation Research Gift to Robarts Research Institute
Jan. 09, 2002 $25,000 Challenge: Barbara Turnbull Foundation pushes Research Frontier
May. 06, 2001 Christopher Reeve Announces Creation of Barbara Turnbull Award


Barbara Turnbull Passes Away

TORONTO, Ont. (May. 11, 2015) – It is with tremendous sadness that we announce today that "The Barbara Turnbull Foundation" founder, Ms Barbara Turnbull, has passed away. She died on Sunday May 10, 2015 from complications associated with pneumonia. Barbara was 50 years of age.

Through the years Barbara has been a champion advocating for greater public awareness about spinal cord injuries. The Foundation in her name has helped to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in Canada towards valuable research on spinal cord injuries. For all her courage, tenacity and inspiration, Barbara will always remain a hero. We will miss Barb dearly ..

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Barbara Turnbull Has Written An E-Book Reflecting On The 30‘th Anniversary Of Her Spinal Injury

TORONTO, Ont. (Oct. 2, 2013) – An e–book has been written marking the 30‘th anniversary of the armed robbery which took place in 1983 at a Mississauga, Ontario “Becker‘s variety store” in which Barbara was shot by one of the robbers. During that robbery, shots had been fired and a bullet had severed her spine leaving Barbara as a quadriplegic. This amazing book details the many struggles Barbara has faced living with a spinal cord injury. One can draw great inspiration reading this e–book as it also highlights how Barbara met the challenge of living with her injury yet went on to champion the cause for Spinal Cord Injury Research in Canada.  You can read the complete story for just $3 ..

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Canadians James Till, Ernest McCulloch and Charles Philippe Leblond Developed New Frontier of Health Research

TORONTO, Ont. (Nov. 05, 2004) – The Stem Cell Network and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) are recognizing the enormous contribution to stem cell research of James Till, Ernest McCulloch and Charles Philippe Leblond by naming an international symposium day in their honour. "Practically nothing existed prior to the information they laid out. Their work was an act of creation. It was brilliant. It was true discovery," says Norman Iscove, one of Canada's leading stem cell researchers and a Stem Cell Network investigator. The world of science owes a debt to the two men.

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Distinguished Spinal Cord Researcher Receives Barbara Turnbull Award

TORONTO, Ont. (Jan. 17, 2003) – Dr. David Kaplan, one of Canada's outstanding neuroscientists based at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children, has been named the 2002 recipient of the Barbara Turnbull Award. Working with co-investigator and well-known Canadian neuroscientist Dr. Freda Miller, Dr. Kaplan has identified proteins in cells that stimulate their survival, inhibit their death, and promote their growth and regeneration. The aim of this research is to develop treatments to better treat neurodegenerative diseases and nerve injuries.

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Heart and Stroke Foundation Research Gift to Robarts Research Institute

LONDON, Ont. (Feb. 14, 2002) – The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario has delivered a $25,000 Valentine‘s Day research award to The John P. Robarts Research Institute to further investigate the cardiovascular effects of spinal cord injury. The contribution is the final pledge in the $100,000 Turnbull Challenge, a project resulting from a partnership between Robarts and the Barbara Turnbull Foundation for Spinal Cord Research. This money will help support the research of Dr. Lynne Weaver, Robarts scientist and Heart and Stroke Foundation researcher, whose neurological work aims to avert the serious secondary conditions often triggered by spinal cord injury, including high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.

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$25,000 Challenge: Barbara Turnbull Foundation pushes Research Frontier

LONDON, Ont. (Jan. 9, 2002) – As a reporter for the Toronto Star, Barbara Turnbull knows all about challenging assignments. Her latest challenge, however, aims to push the frontiers of spinal cord research in Canada. The Barbara Turnbull Foundation for Spinal Cord Research has committed $25,000 in a challenge to leverage another $75,000 to further the work of Dr. Lynne Weaver, scientist at The John P. Robarts Research Institute, whose ground-breaking approach aims to avert the chronic pain, cardiovascular disease and other conditions often triggered by spinal cord injury.

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Christopher Reeve Announces Creation of Barbara Turnbull Award

MONTREAL (May 6, 2001) – Actor and research activist Christopher Reeve announced today the establishment of the Barbara Turnbull Award for Spinal Cord Research. The award – worth $150,000 annually -- is being funded through a partnership with the The Barbara Turnbull Foundation for Spinal Cord Research, The Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the Brain Canada Foundation. Barbara Turnbull is a well-known Toronto journalist and research activist who, at age 18 in 1983, was shot in a convenience store robbery and left paralyzed from the neck down.

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