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October 19, 1996

                       MANITOBA'S HIGHEST HONOUR
                     AWARDED TO DR. NARANJAN DHALLA
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                 Lifetime Commitment to Heart Research
                   Recognized at Cardiovascular Forum

In recognition of a lifetime commitment and contribution to cardiovascular
research, Manitoba Premier Gary Filmon today inducted Dr. Naranjan Dhalla
into the Order of the Buffalo Hunt, the highest honour the province can
bestow.

In making the presentation, Filmon praised Dhalla's quarter century of
research in heart disease noting that "he has brought global recognition to
the world-class research that has been carried out in the province for
decades and has single-handedly attracted over $20 million in funds for
medical research in Manitoba."

Recognized as one of the most widely published medical professionals in the
world with over 460 research papers and 29 books, Dhalla, 60, is the
director of the new Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences at the St. Boniface
Hospital Research Centre (University of Manitoba).

Born in India, Dr. Dhalla received degrees from the University of
Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh in the mid-1960s, and is also
a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.  He served as an assistant
professor at St. Louis University before coming to the University of
Manitoba where he has worked in the field of experimental cardiology for the
past 25 years.

"The people of Manitoba, and perhaps more accurately the people of the
world, have benefitted from the tireless, lifelong dedication of Dr.
Dhalla," said the premier.  "The Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences which
is the fruit of a lifelong dedication to heart research, the numerous awards
and honours that have been bestowed, all serve to document, recognize and
praise a career by which benchmarks and standards have been set for others
to follow."

The premier also noted that through Dhalla's efforts, Winnipeg will host
over 2,500 of the world's finest cardiovascular researchers in a major
conference to be held in 2001, the seventh global conference chaired by
Dhalla in Manitoba.

"With credentials that include lecturing at over 100 academic institutions
and speaking at over 85 national and international conferences, Dr. Dhalla
has also trained over 70 post-doctoral fellows who are now carrying out
heart research throughout the world."

Dhalla received the Order of the Buffalo Hunt at the inauguration of the
Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences during the Manitoba Cardiovascular
Forum which is being held in Winnipeg and attended by over 400 people
representing 20 countries.

Dr. Dhalla and his wife Ranjit Bal have five children.
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