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U of T and Sinai Health announce a new gift from Larry and Judy Tanenbaum to establish the Tanenbaum Institute for Science in Sport

Established through a generous $20 million donation from the Larry and Judy Tanenbaum Family Foundation, the Tanenbaum Institute for Science in Sport at the University of Toronto will be a global center of excellence in high-performance sport science and sports medicine.

The Tanenbaum Institute will deliver new insights at the intersection of research and practice, translating discoveries into innovations that dramatically impact the health and performance of all groups of athletes.

The Tanenbaum Institute will bring together the leading sports science research of the U of T Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, the sports medicine research expertise of the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, and the renowned clinical and research leadership of the Dovigi Orthopedic Sports Medicine Clinic and the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute at Sinai Health.

“Today marks a monumental step forward in support of Canadian high-performance athletics that will result in improved performance, safety and athlete well-being,” said the President of the U of T Meric Gertler. “Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of Larry and Judy Tanenbaum, the Tanenbaum Institute for Science in Sport will become one of the world’s leading centers in the field. And the institute will be truly unique, combining the strengths of U of T’s top-level research programs and sports medicine departments with Sinai Health’s leading clinical care centers, all in the heart of one of the world’s most celebrated sports cities.”

The Tanenbaum Institute for Science in Sport will transform the health and well-being of athletes

The Tanenbaum Institute for Science in Sport will help model and predict athlete performance and improve health outcomes based on a wealth of data from across the Greater Toronto Area. This new knowledge will support high-performance athletes across a spectrum that includes world-class professional, amateur and para-athletes, including those from diverse and underrepresented communities, as well as athletes seeking high-performance optimization in recreational sports.

The institute will catalyze the sports science and sports medicine expertise of U of T and Sinai Health, generating new insights and innovative technologies and interventions that improve the performance, health, safety and well-being of athletes; reduce risk of injury; Accelerate and optimize recovery and rehabilitation; and promoting high-performance sport in a safe, welcoming, inclusive and accessible manner.

To this end, the Tanenbaum Institute will work with athletic clinics, associations and organizations including Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) and its teams: the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC and the Toronto Argonauts, and the Toronto Marlies, Raptors 905 and TFC 2.

“I firmly believe that sport unites us, inspires us and offers a path for all people to be their best selves,” he said Larry Tanenbaum, Chairman of the Tanenbaum Family Foundation and MLSE. “The Tanenbaum Institute will bring together sports medicine, exercise science and data science to advance athletic engagement, enhance performance and accelerate recovery and rehabilitation. I am proud to partner with U of T and Sinai Health to improve the health and well-being of athletes.”

Support for innovative research in sports medicine

Larry and Judy Tanenbaum’s gift is combined with more than $20 million in additional support from U of T and Sinai Health. This investment will establish a Directorship and Research Acceleration Fund to support bold, innovative research across the Institute, the University and Sinai Health; Creation of a groundbreaking new Chair in Sport Science and Data Modeling, Chair in Musculoskeletal Regenerative Medicine, and a professorship for orthopedic sports medicine; and provide funding for a range of cutting-edge research, innovation and clinical programs.

“The Tanenbaum Institute will enjoy a remarkable head start thanks to the amazing research and leadership in clinical sports medicine that we have built here at Sinai Health through the Dovigi Orthopedic Sports Medicine Clinic and the entire U of T,” said Dr. Gary Newton, President and CEO of Sinai Health. “Establishing this pioneering institute is just the beginning. We look forward to transforming high-performance sport together with our many partners from industry, government and society.”

“The cutting-edge research of the Tanenbaum Institute will play a leading role in advancing high-performance sport in ways that are safe, welcoming, inclusive and accessible to all,” he said Gretchen KerrDean of the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at U of T. “We are very excited to join this important research enterprise by combining our academic research, our large and diverse athlete base, and our training facilities with world-class clinicians from Sinai Health.”

“We are incredibly excited about the potential of the Tanenbaum Institute to transform sports medicine across Canada and educate future generations of sports scientists and sports medicine professionals,” he said Trevor YoungDean of the Temerty Faculty of Medicine at U of T. “By bringing together so many disciplines, the Tanenbaum Institute will generate breakthrough big data-based insights that will lead to better athlete health, safety and performance.”

The institute brings together diverse sports science and sports medicine talents. The institute’s research and clinical focus areas include minor traumatic brain injuries, orthopaedics, regenerative medicine, biomechanics, wearable physiological and exercise monitoring technologies, technologies in parasports, mathematical and statistical modeling for individual athlete and team analysis, nutrition, individual and team psychology and health, exercise physiology and more.

An impressive philanthropic legacy

This latest gift from the Tanenbaum Family Foundation builds on an impressive philanthropic legacy at U of T, Sinai Health and beyond. Larry and Judy Tanenbaum and the Tanenbaum family are longtime supporters of the U of T. In 2014, they helped establish the Anne Tanenbaum Center for Jewish Studies at the Faculty of Arts & Science, one of the premier programs of its kind in North America. They have also set up several scholarships to support student athletes.

At Sinai Health, Larry and Judy Tanenbaum have made several transformative investments. In 2013, the Tanenbaums gave $35 million to rebrand the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute (LTRI), accelerating Sinai Health’s biomedical research institute.

Larry and Judy Tanenbaum have also made large donations to support cutting-edge physical and mental health research across Canada. Her generosity led to the creation of the Tanenbaum Open Science Initiative at McGill University and the Tanenbaum Center for Pharmacogenetics at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health.

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