Personnel Award Competition Results: 2014/2015

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.

The preliminary list of awards offered for 2014/2015 is posted below. This list is for information only and is current as of May 22, 2014. Please do not call the HSFC office. Each applicant will receive a letter to notify her/him of the results of this year's competition. The Offer of Award will constitute the official record.

New Investigator (NI) Awards

Auger-Messier, Mannix (Département de Médecine (Cardiologie), Université de Sherbrooke)
Préservation de la contractilité et de la structure des cardiomyocytes dans l'insuffisance cardiaque.
Larrivée, Bruno (Department of Ophthalmology, Université de Montréal)
Targeting BMP signaling for the treatment of cardiovascular complications of diabetes.
McDonald Scholarship
Rose, Robert A. (Department of Physiology & Biophysics, Dalhousie University)
Natriuretic peptides regulate sinoatrial node function and arrhythmogenesis in heart disease.
Barnett Scholarship
Swartz, Richard H. (Department of Medicine (Neurology), Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre)
DOC: screening depression, OSA, and cognition to identify high-risk stroke clinic patients.

Research Scholarship

Schmolzer, Georg M. (Neonatal Research Unit, Royal Alexandra Hospital)
Sustained inflations during chest compression to improve survival during resuscitation of asphyxiated newborns.
Mentor:  Cheung, Po-Yin

Research Fellowships

Brazeau, Anne-Sophie (Department of Clinical Epidemiology, McGill University)
Does shared-diabetes risk imply 'shared' screening and 'shared' health behaviour change?
Supervisor:  Dasgupta, Kaberi
Freeman, Spencer A. (Cell Biology Program, Hospital for Sick Children)
The role of Class B scavenger receptors in the innate immune response controlling atherosclerosis.
Supervisor:  Grinstein, Sergio
Gifford, Jessica L. (Department of Biochemistry, University of Alberta)
Molecular insights into hereditary forms of heart failure.
Supervisor:  Young, Howard S.
Klaiman, Jordan M. (Department of Bioengineering, University of Washington)
Investigation of 2-deoxy-ATP as a treatment for dilated cardiomyopathy.
Supervisor:  Regnier, Michael
HSF/Pfizer Award
Kwiatkowska, Anna (Département de Pharmacologie, Université de Sherbrooke)
Development of peptide-based PCSK9 inhibitors for the treatment of hypercholesterolemia.
Supervisor:  Day, Robert.
Lalu, Manoj Mathew (Department of Anesthesiology, The Ottawa Hospital)
Therapeutic effects and mechanisms of mesenchymal stromal cell conditioned medium in sepsis.
Supervisor:  Stewart, Duncan
Marnane, Michael (Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia)
Pathologic study of the role of cerebrovascular disease in mixed Alzheimer dementia.
Supervisor:  Hsiung, Ging-Yuek Robin
Co-Supervisor:  Mackenzie, Ian R. A.
McNeill, Brian (Division of Cardiac Surgery, University of Ottawa Heart Institute)
Enhancing cell therapy using a protein modified collagen matrix.
Supervisor:  Suuronen, Erik
Shah, Amin (Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology/Physiology, University of Alberta)
Mechanism and sustainability of resveratrol to improve cardiovascular and metabolic function.
Supervisor:  Davidge, Sandra T.
Sun, Bo (Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, University of Calgary)
Mechanism and treatment of ryanodine receptor-associated cardiac alternans.
Supervisor:  Chen, S.R. Wayne
Tian, Xixi (Departments of Physiology and Medicine, University of Toronto)
Understanding the mechanism of atrial fibrillation.
Supervisor:  Backx, Peter H.
Co-Supervisor:  Dorian, Paul
Yang, Kai (Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia)
The activation of pannexin by cell swelling.
Supervisor:  MacVicar, Brian