The Najla Alazeh Arthroplasty Research Fund

Najla Alazeh, April 1, 1944 – August 28, 2020

“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”

Ce fonds est pour la mémoire vivante de:

Najla Alazeh, 1 Avril 1944- 28 Août 2020

Une épouse, une mère, une grande mère, et une chère amie.

Toute ta vie, tu as donné de l’amour et de la joie, est cela est éternel.

“Nous vivons avec ce que nous obtenons, nous créons une vie avec ce que nous donnons”.

Najla Alazeh (1944-2020)

Najla was born 1st of April 1944 in Beit Jebreen, a small town in Hebron, Palestine. She was the fifth child in a family that consisted of 10 children, 5 girls, and 5 boys.

Earlier in her childhood, Najla lived in two countries with her family before settling in Egypt at the age of 14. She finished high school in Cairo and later graduated from the Political Studies faculty at Cairo University, and it was there where she met Ghassan, the man with whom she started a new family in the year 1970 and later spent her life with.

Due to her husband’s career as a diplomat, the new family moved multiple times, had the first child Youssef born in Cairo, Egypt; the second child Reem born in Ottawa, Canada; and later the third child Omar born in Damascus, Syria.

Najla was a wonderful mother, dedicated to her family, loved people around her which made her surrounded by loving friends, and extended family members.

Wherever she went, she brought positive energy to the place, spread happiness and love, treated everyone with a welcoming smile and beyond imagination generosity.

Despite suffering from various health issues, Najla was always happy to give, passionate about life, and helped and supported everybody she met, and today, by inheriting these outstanding manners, we know that she is in heaven and looking to help those in need to relieve their pain and alleviate suffering.

By starting this initiative in her memory, we are building a legacy for a woman who had always put others before herself.

Najla passed away on 28th of August 2020.

This Fund has been established by Youssef Mouzahem, in the living memory of his mother Najla.

Youssef established this fund and is encouraging friends, family, and associates to match his contribution to support this critical research that is being accomplished by the team of surgeons, engineers, and staff who are bringing outstanding results and impacts.

To participate in this fund or to make a donation or a donation of securities please click here.

Concordia Arthroplasty Research Chair

The Rationale and Case for Research

Throughout a person’s life, they face many health challenges. The advancement of medicine through research directly results in breakthroughs to solve these health challenges. Each year, more and more Manitobans are being affected by joint diseases – many of whom are still working, raising a family, and playing an active role in their community.

The goal of orthopaedic research at the Concordia Campus is to continue pushing the boundaries of how medicine improves the lives of people suffering from joint pain, poor function, and limited mobility. The research we conduct helps us to meet the growing needs of our patients while invigorating the community, growing Manitoba’s economy, and advancing orthopaedic care on a global scale.

Concordia’s Research Legacy

Our Orthopaedic Research program began in 2003 and has thrived over the past 16 years, achieving many meaningful goals and milestones. Thanks to donations from our community, we constructed the Hip and Knee Institute in 2009 to house our world-class research program, creating a centre of capability and expertise that is unmatched elsewhere in the world. Over the past 16 years, our research has stretched from the benchtop to the bedside and beyond.

On the benchtop, our engineering staff and machines have evaluated dozens of joint replacement devices for quality and safety before being used in the clinic. At the bedside, our clinical staff and systems have monitored patient well-being and joint replacement success through innovative, proven means. Chasing what’s next, our scientific staff and equipment have assessed joint replacement failures, pinpointing the root cause for future devices to learn from and avoid.

The Concordia Hip and Knee Institute and the Orthopaedic Research program were built by Manitobans to be like no other.

The Impact of Research

This research will directly impact those suffering from arthritis and other musculoskeletal diseases within the catchment area of Concordia’s orthopaedic program; all of Manitoba, Nunavut, eastern Saskatchewan, and western Ontario. The majority of the 1900 joint replacement patients cared for each year at Concordia Hospital are 55-80 years of age, but can extend to patients as young as 16 and as old as 105. We anticipate the greatest benefit will be to our younger patient population (45-65 years) who are generally active individuals with many important functional needs to be met such as work, family, exercise, sport and leisure. Our older patient population will also receive benefit through a rapid return to function and pain-free mobility, allowing them to be active in the community and economy through part-time work, volunteering, philanthropy, and travel/tourism within Manitoba. This research will also impact the world through publications in top-tier international medical journals which drive best practices for care.

The Concordia Joint Replacement Group has had a long history of research which has resulted in direct, tangible benefit to our patients:

  • Province-wide reduction in revision (“re-do”) surgeries from 3-4% to 1-2% within 6 years
  • Selecting to use joint replacement technologies with sound scientific data and proven clinical track record to give patients their one-joint-for-life
  • Improving hip replacement surgery, operating room efficiency, and post-operative care to achieve same-day surgery with no overnight hospital stay
  • Trialing new, innovative joint replacement devices and materials in small, closely monitored research studies using world-leading assessment technologies
  • Development of new surgical techniques and customized devices for complex surgeries to deliver greater patient benefit

Future Research

The focus of the Research Chair will be to continue along these same pathways through the following projects:

  • Impact, access to care, and key issues of joint replacement on our Indigenous population;
  • Advancing identification, treatment of, and patient outcomes following a joint replacement related infection;
  • Improving knee replacement function by comparing surgical techniques, exploring new devices and materials, and enhancing surgical precision through robotics;
  • Reducing surgical waitlist and healthcare costs by furthering operating room efficiency, surgical techniques, and post-operative medications and monitoring;
  • Ensuring the safety and effectiveness of new and novel joint replacement devices with high-precision assessment methods and innovative clinical research methods.

Concordia Arthroplasty Research Chair funds will be used for operating costs associated with the research projects outlined by the Chair’s research directive. Such costs will include; research and engineering staff, project supplies and consumables, laboratory usage, equipment maintenance and modification, new equipment purchases, costs associated with publishing and presenting the work (delivering local and international impact).