Personnel Award Competition Results: 2012/2013

The Personnel Award program of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC) provides salary support for Canada's best young researchers. These individuals are pursuing research at universities, hospitals and institutes across Canada and abroad.

 

New Investigator (NI) Awards

Carrier, Marc (Medicine, Ottawa Hospital Resarch Institute)
Screening for occult cancer in patients with unprovoked venous thromboembolism.
 
Fish, Jason E. (Cell & Molecular Biology, Toronto General Research Institute)
Modulation of Vegf receptor activity and angiogenesis by Slit/Robo signalling.
 
Lagace, Thomas A. (Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Ottawa Heart Institute)
Regulation of circulating low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels.

Distinguished Clinician Scientist

 
Saposnik, Gustavo (Medicine, St. Michael's Hospital)
Efficacy of virtual reality exercises using Wii gaming technology in stroke rehabilitation: a multicentre randomized clinical trial (EVEREST multicentre).


Research Fellowships

 
Aguer, Celine (Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa)
Identification of muscle-specific biomarkers of fatty acid beta-oxidation.
Supervisor: Harper, Mary-Ellen
 
Arcand, JoAnne L. (Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto)
Sodium and cardiovascular disease: a food supply and population health model to evaluate the benefits of Canada's sodium reduction strategy.
Supervisor: L'Abbe, Mary R.
Co-Supervisor: Manuel, Douglas G.
 
Bernier, Louis-Philippe (Brain Research Center, University of British Columbia)
Mechanisms of ATP release from pyramidal neurons in stroke-induced excitotoxicity.
Supervisor: MacVicar, Brian A.
 
Carson, Valerie (Research Institute, Children's Institute of Eastern Ontario)
Advancing understanding of healthy active living behaviours among preschool children.
Supervisor: Tremblay, Mark S.
 
Cheng, Yen M. (Department of Biomedical Phsiology & Kinesiology, Simon Fraser University)
Molecular determinants of the unique voltage-dependent gating of hERG channels.
Supervisor: Claydon, Thomas
 
Cocker, Myra S. (National Cardiac PET Centre, University of Ottawa Heart Institute)
Validating 18FDG-PET for the detection of inflamed vulnerable plaque: a multi-centre sub-study of the canadian atherosclerosis imaging network.
Supervisor: Beanlands, Rob S.B.
 
Dason, Jeffrey (Department of Biology, University of Toronto)
The role of PKG activity in synaptic transmission and food related behaviours.
Supervisor: Sokolowski, Maria B.
 
de Niet, Judith E. (Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia)
Improving childhood obesity treatment outcomes through the use of innovative methods.
Supervisor: Mâsse, Louise C.
 
Freitas-Andrade, Moises (Department of Cellular and Physiological Science, University of British Columbia)
The role of pannexin in neuronal ischemic injury.
Supervisor: Naus, Christian C.G.
Co-Supervisor: MacVicar, Brian A.
 
Guénard, Frédéric (Department of Food and Nutrition Sciences, Université Laval)
Genetics and epigenetics of obesity-related metabolic complications.
Supervisor: Vohl, Marie-Claude
 
Hamza, Shereen M. (Department of Pediatrics & Pharmacology, University of Alberta)
Role of fatty acid translocase CD36 in cardiac dysfunction associated with obesity.
Supervisor: Dyck, Jason R.B.
 
Herman, Catherine (Katya) M. (University Health Promotion Centre, McGill University)
Cardiometabolic outcomes in severely obese adults undergoing bariatric surgery, and the associations of physical activity and sedentary behaviour.
Supervisor: Andersen, Ross E.
 
Hua, Rui (Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Dalhousie University)
Effects of natriuretic peptides on atrial electrophysiology and arrythmogenesis.
Supervisor: Rose, Robert A.
 
Kim, Kyoung Han (Developmental & Stem Cell Biology, Hospital for Sick Children)
The physiological and pathological roles of hedgehog signaling in the cardiovascular system.
Supervisor: Hui, Chi-chung
 
Knight, James D. R. (Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital)
Characterizing the GCKIII kinases and their role in endothelial cell function.
Supervisor: Gingras, Anne-Claude
Co-Supervisor: Pawson, Anthony
 
Kotaro, Naito (Department of Medicine/Physiology, Toronto General Hospital)
The role of Nod1 and Nod2 on cardiac diseases.
Supervisor: Liu, Peter P.
 
Linte, Cristian A. (Department of Physiology & Biomedical Engineering, Mayo Clinic)
Techniques for modeling, visualization and real-time guidance of left atrial fibrillation ablation therapy.
Supervisor: Robb, Richard A.
 
Lively, Starlee (Department of Physiology, Toronto Western Research Institute)
Innate inflammation and white-matter damage after ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke.
Supervisor: Schlichter, Lyanne C.
 
Millar, Philip J. (Division of Cardiology, Mount Sinai Hospital)
Autonomic and vascular function late following repair of coarctation of the aorta.
Supervisor: Floras, John S.
Co-Supervisor: Oechslin, Erwin N.
 
Pai, Nikhil (Department of Gastroenterology, Massachusetts General Hospital)
Regulation of energy balance by intestinal bacteria in obesity.
Supervisor: Kaplan, Lee M.
 
Paulin, Roxane (Department of Medicine, University of Alberta)
The metabolic basis of right ventricular failure.
Supervisor: Michelakis, Evangelos D.
 
Pei, Ying (Department of Biochemistry & Biomedical Science, McMaster University)
Roles of SR-BI, PDZK1 and AKT1 in HDL-induced inhibition of monocyte inflammation and protection against coronary artery atherosclerosis.
Supervisor: Trigatti, Bernardo L.
 
Peters, Christian J. (Howard Hughes Medical Institute)
Targeting the TMEM16 chloride channels to reduce hypertension.
Supervisor: Jan, Lily Y.
 
Roberts, Jason D. (Department of Medicine, University of California)
Pathway based analysis of genome wide association data to facilitate gene discovery in atrial fibrillation.
Supervisor: Olgin, Jeffrey E.
 
Scott, Jason A. (Department of Internal Medicine, University of Iowa)
CaMKII in flow-mediated remodeling.
Supervisor: Grumbach, Isabella M.
 
Swystun, Laura L (Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, Queen's University)
Characterization of receptor-mediated von Willebrand factor clearance in arterial thrombosis.
Supervisor: Lillicrap, David P.
 
Xi, Yanwei (Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of Ottawa)
Role of adult neurogenesis during stroke recovery.
Supervisor: Lagace, Diane C.
 

Research Scholarship

 
Afilalo, Jonathan (Division of Cardiology & Clinical Epidemiology, Jewish General Hospital)
Measurement of frailty to identify high-risk elderly patients referred for surgical and transcatheter aortic valve replacement.
Mentor: Eisenberg, Mark J.
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