Archive: 2011/2012 Personnel Awards Competition Results

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 2011/2012 is posted below. This list is for information only and is current as of May 31, 2011. 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.

Distinguished Clinician Scientist 

This prestigious award is supported by HSFC, CIHR Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health, and AstraZeneca Canada Inc. The award is offered to the highest ranked eligible clinician in the New Investigator competition.
  • McMurtry, Michael Sean (Medicine, University of Alberta)
    Vascular metabolism and angiogenesis.

New Investigator Awards

  • Gordon, Grant R.J. (Physiology & Pharmacology, University of Calgary)
    Control of cerebrovascular diameter by astrocytes during oxygen glucose deprivation.
  • Liu-Ambrose, Teresa Y.L. (Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia)
    Role of exercise on cognition and function in vascular cognitive impairment.
  • Schweizer, Tom A. (Neurosurgery, St. Michael's Hospital)
  • Cognitive, functional and neuroimaging profiles of aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage.
  • Stickland, Michael K. (Pulmonary Medicine, University of Alberta)
    Carotid chemoreception and sympathetic nervous activity in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Research Scholarships

  • Mackay, Martha H. (Cardiology, University of British Columbia)
    Factors contributing to pre-hospital delay in Chinese Canadians with acute coronary syndrome.
    Mentor: Humphries, Karin H.  

Research Fellowships

  • Arsenault, Benoit (Echocardiography, Montreal Heart Institute)
    High-density lipoprotein genetics and metabolism and aortic valvular stenosis in humans.
    Supervisor: Tardif, Jean-Claude  
  • Bassett, Rebecca (Propel Centre for Population Health Impact)
    Heart-healthy curriculum? Examining a new health and physical education program.
    Supervisor: Manske, Stephen R.
  • Black, Stefanie (Medicine, University of Calgary)
    Regulation of N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors by cellular prion protein.
    Supervisor: Zamponi, Gerald W.
  • Bresee, Lauren C. (Nephrology, University of Alberta)
    Mortality associated with acute myocardial infarction in people with and without depression.
    Supervisor: Hemmelgarn, Brenda
    Co-supervisor: Tonelli, Marcello A.
    4th ICPC/HSFC/CCS Fellowship in Preventive Cardiology
  • Campbell, Jonathan (Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital)
    Defining the role of glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP) in adipose and endothelial tissues: implications for diabetes, obesity and vascular health.
    Supervisor: Drucker, Daniel J.
  • Cancino, Gonzalo I. (Cell Biology, Hospital for Sick Children)
    p63-mediated adult neural stem cell maintenance in ischemic repair.
    Supervisor: Miller, Freda D.
  • Cardin, Sophie (Experimental Biology, IRCM)
    Rôle des macrophages dans le remodelage ventriculaire hypertrophique induit par l'angiotensine II.
    Supervisor: Deschepper, Christian F.
  • Caron, Annabelle (Cancer Therapeutics, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute)
    Étude du rôle neuroprotecteur de SirT1.
    Supervisor: McBurney, Michael W.
    Co-supervisor: Slack, Ruth S.
  • Chiu, Maria (Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion)
    The built environment and risk of cardiovascular disease: a population-based study in Ontario.
    Supervisor: Goel, Vivek
    Co-supervisor: Manson, Heather E.
  • Eny, Karen M. (Genetics & Genome Biology, Hospital for Sick Children)
    Diet, genetics, and cardiovascular disease risk factors in subject with Type 1 Diabetes.
    Supervisor: Paterson, Andrew D.
  • Fang, Xiang Ping (Medicine, Université Laval)
    Role of impaired adiponectin function in cardiometabolic complications of obese diabetic mice.
    Supervisor: Marette, André
  • Fullerton, Morgan D. (Medicine, McMaster University)
    Cholesterol homeostasis and atherosclerosis: the role of macrophage AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK).
    Supervisor: Steinberg, Gregory R.
  • Hammoud, Lamis (Development and Stem Cell Biology, Hospital for Sick Children)
    Identification and characterization of novel modulators of angiogenesis using a high-content genome-wide screen.
    Supervisor: Rossant, Janet
  • Kreatsoulas, Catherine (Human Development and Health, Harvard University)
    The impact of social determinants on cardiovascular disease according to sex/gender and race/ethnicity.
    Supervisor: Sankaranarayanan, Venkata Subramanian
  • Lauzier, Benjamin (Recherche fondamentale, Institut de cardiologie de Québec)
    Impact des modifications post-traductionnelles sur la fonction du CD36.
    Supervisor: Des Rosiers, Christine
    Co-supervisor: Mayer, Gaétan
  • Liang, Wenbin (Cardiology, Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute)
    Electrophysiology and contractile function of engrafted stem cells after transplantation into heart.
    Supervisor: Marbán, Eduardo
  • Mah, Allan (Medical Genetics, University of British Columbia)
    Characterization of MDT-15/MED15, a conserved transcriptional cofactor regulating lipid biology.
    Supervisor: Taubert, Stefan
  • Mulvihill, Erin E. (Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital)
    Incretin control of intestinal lipid metabolism.
    Supervisor: Drucker, Daniel J.
  • Schlosser, Kenny (Regenerative Medicine, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute)
    Preventing vascular endothelial cell activation and acute lung injury by inhibiting angiopoietin-2.
    Supervisor: Stewart, Duncan J.
  • Thrush, A. Brianne (Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, University of Ottawa)
    The effects of TSH on adipocytes: insulin resistance, lipolysis, adipokine production, and the role of protein kinase C.
    Supervisor: Sorisky, Alexander
  • Titterness, Andrea (Brain Research Centre, University of British Columbia)
    Pathological long-term depression following focal ischemia promotes CA1 cell death.
    Supervisor: Wang, Yu Tian
  • Trop, Sébastien (Molecular & Cellular Biology, Sunnybrook Research Institute)
    Modulation of angiogenesis and inflammation in response to ischemia.
    Supervisor: Dumont, Daniel J.
  • Ulke-Lemee, Annegret (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Calgary)
    Interactions among smoothelin-like 1, tropomyosin and calmodulin contribute to vascular hypercontractility.
    Supervisor: MacDonald, Justin A.
  • Yin, Hao (Medicine, Robarts Research Institute)
    Angiogenic remodeling and FGF9.
    Supervisor: Pickering, J. Geoffrey