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Relais & Châteaux: A network driven by solidarity

On 26 May several highly acclaimed Italian chefs made an active contribution at the Restaurant Da Vittorio to collecting funds to support scientific research.

“Il Gusto per la Ricerca” has decided to donate € 40,000 (of the € 145,600 collected) to the Paris-based Institute for Brain and Spinal Cord Disorders (ICM).

The cheque was officially presented by Jaume Tàpies, International President of Relais & Châteaux, to Professor Gérard Saillant, President of the ICM, at the Maison des Relais & Châteaux on 17 June. Jaume Tàpies stressed that, “this great initiative is a perfect example of our global support for the ICM. For Relais & Châteaux, solidarity and generosity are an integral part of our values.

Gérard Saillant commented that “beyond the financial aspect, we are particularly pleased about the personal commitment of all the members of this prestigious association; this motivates us day in day out to continue in our fight against the disease.”

Relais & Châteaux has committed itself to ICM for a period of two years. It will offerfinancial support and promotef ICM vis-à-vis its members and guests.

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About Relais & Châteaux:

Relais & Châteaux is an exclusive collection of 480 of the finest charming hotels and gourmet restaurants in 56 countries.

Established in France in 1954, the Association’s mission is to spread its unique art de vivre across the globe by selecting outstanding properties with a truly unique character.

Furthermore, Relais & Châteaux is also a family of hoteliers and Grands Chefs from all over the world who share a passion for and a personal commitment to ensuring their guests are privy to moments of exceptional harmony, an unforgettable celebration of the senses.

From the vineyards in Napa valley to the beaches in Bali, from the olive trees in Provence to the lodges in South Africa, Relais & Châteaux offers all the stops on the finest route for discovering each special place and country.

The Relais & Châteaux signature reflects this ambition: “ALL AROUND THE WORLD, UNIQUE IN THE WORLD”.

About the Institute for Brain and Spinal Cord Disorders:

Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, depression, strokes paraplegia… neurological and psychiatric disease affect one in eight people. The Institute for Brain and Spinal Cord Disorders – ICM – will bring together 600 research scientists from 2010 in the heart of the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris, where 100,000 neurology patients are examined every year. The best researchers from across the globe will come to work there on 22,000 m2 of laboratory space. The proximity between patient/doctors/researchers testifies to an inestimable hopes and richness. It will foster the speedy development of effective treatments for the greatest benefit of the sufferers. It is very fortunate that Paris has been chosen as the location for this Institute.

ICM will be an international research centre with cutting edge technology. The unique nature of its philosophy and its way of working will introduce a fresh wind into research: the close links between basic research and clinical applications, between the public and private sectors, between promising projects and international teams chosen for their excellence, the importance accorded to carrying research forward and developing business incubators.

In 2008 yet another milestone was reached in the history of ICM: since the laying of the foundation stone in July, construction work has made good progress. The structural work for the eight-floor building will be completed by the summer. The topping out ceremony took place on 3 June in the presence of the 150 workers from the building site and the entire ICM team. Work will continue until delivery in July 2010 and the researchers will move in in autumn of the same year. In 2009 a further milestone was the stepping up of the process of selection and recruitment of the research team with an international application procedure launched on 22 June. Many contacts have already been established with teams in Europe, the United States but also in China and Japan. The process of procuring state-of-the-art technology is also progressing well as invitations to tender will be issued for the procurement of the MRI, electronic microscopes, bi-photons, robots and other automatons. In this way the researchers will have an opportunity to work with the latest generation of equipment.

ICM is hence well prepared. These successive, decisive stages ensure that the ambitious challenge will be able to meet expectations, i.e. to turn ICM into the international benchmark research centre for the neurosciences dedicated to preventing, treating and curing the related diseases.

Support ICM:
ICM is a recognised public utility foundation.
ICM – Institute for Brain and Spinal Cord Disorders
CHU Pitié-Salpêtrière - Bât. Paul Castaigne
47, bd de l’Hôpital - 75013 Paris
Tel. 01 42 16 19 47
Fax 01 42 16 19 93
www.icm-institute.org
Press Contact ICM
Marie Bourdeau
Tel.: 01 42 16 19 47
Marie.bourdeau@icm-institute.org

About “Il Gusto per la Ricerca “

“Il Gusto per la Ricerca”(Onlus) is an Italian non-profit organisation set up in Padua in 2004 at the initiative of Massimiliano and Raffaele Alajmo and Doctor Stefano Bellon, with the objectiveof leveraging culinary excellence for the organisation of major events whose proceeds go to support scientific research in paediatrics or charities for children. The Foundation “City of Hope” (Onlus) was set up in 1994 by a group of entrepreneurs from Venice and private citizens with the dual goal of building a new paediatric haematology-oncology unit at the Hospitel of Padua to support research on neoplasm in children.

Press Contact Il Gusto per la Ricerca
Romina Savi
Ristorante "Le Calandre"
Tel.: 049 630303
romina.savi@alajmo.it