Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada - Personnel Awards 2010/2011

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 2010 - 2011 is posted below. This list is for information only and is current as of April 16, 2010 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 Awards

  • Girouard, Hélène (Pharmacologie, Université de Montréal)
    Mechanisms underlying neurovascular coupling dysfuncton in hypertension.
  • Khan, Zia A. (Pathology, University of Western Ontario)
    Vascular stem cells in diabetic complications.
  • Kurata, Harley T. (Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, University of British Columbia)
    Gating and permeation of inwardly-rectifying potassium channels.
  • Oudit, Gavin Y. (Cardiology, University of Alberta)
    Role of ACE2 in heart disease: using human recombinant ACE2 as potential therapy.
  • Zhang, Dawei (Pediatrics, University of Alberta)
    Molecular mechanisms of ABC transporters-mediated sterol transport.

Research Fellowship 

  • Castro, Michele M (Pediatrics & Pharmacology, University of Alberta)
    Matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) mediated-vascular dysfunction in septic shock: role of calponin.
    Supervisor:  Schulz, Richard
  • Chruscinski, Andrzej J (Cardiology, Toronto General Hospital)
    Antibodies in heart transplantation: profiling with antigen microarrays.
    Supervisor: Levy, Gary
    Co-Supervisor:  Ross, Heather J
  • Dou, Ying (Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, University of British Columbia)
    Potassium channel trafficking in adult cardiac myocytes.
    Supervisor: Fedida, David
  • Filion, Kristian B (Epidemiology & Community Health, University of Minnesota)
    Trends in smoking and smoking-related behaviors: the Minnesota heart survey.
    Supervisor:  Luepker, Russell V
  • Gordon, Grant R.J. (Psychiatry, University of British Columbia)
    Astrocyte-mediated vasodilation via calcium independent soluble adenylate cyclase.
    Supervisor: MacVicar, Brian A
  • Han, Huili (Psychiatry, University of British Columbia)
    Novel mechanisms underlying glutamate release during ischemia.
    Supervisor: MacVicar, Brian A
  • Hines, Dustin J (Neuroscience, Tufts University) 
    Astrocytic modulation of ischemic infarct size and recovery from stroke.
    Supervisor: Haydon, Philip
  • Hoi, Yiemeng (Mechanical & Industrial Engineering,University of Toronto)
    Carotid flow waveforms: potential interactions between systemic and local atherosclerosis risk factors.
    Supervisor: Steinman, David A
  • Kewalramani, Girish (Cell Biology, Hospital for Sick Children)
    Interplay between monocytes/macrophages and cardiomyocytes in diet-induced diabetes.
    Supervisor: Klip, Amira
  • Kim, Minsuk (Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital)
    The role of incretins and dipeptidyl peptidase-4 in the pathophysiology of atherosclerosis.
    Supervisor: Drucker, Daniel J
  • Lachance, Dominic Y (Centre de recherche, Institut de cardiologie de Montréal)
    Potentiel thérapeutique de la signalisation du cGMP dans la cardiomyopathie diabétique.
    Supervisor: Des Rosiers, Christine
    Co-Supervisor:  Deschepper, Christian F
  • Mason, Rosemarie D (Gene & Cell Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine)
    Design and immunogenecity testing of an atherosclerosis vaccine.
    Supervisor: Randolph, Gwendalyn
  • Nazzari, Hamed (Physiology & Pharmacology, University of Calgary)
    Regulation of L-type channel trafficking by ancillary calcium channel subunits. 
    Supervisor: Zamponi, Gerald W
  • Sivagangabalan, Gopal (Cardiology, Toronto General Hospital)
    Identifying the molecular substrate for ventricular fibrillation and developing novel diagnostic and therapeutic interventions. 
    Supervisor: Nanthakumar, Kumaraswamy
  • Song, Hannah (Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto)
    Engineeered heart tissue for cardiac cell therapy.
    Supervisor: Zandstra, Peter W
  • Tremblay, Karine (Centre de recherche, Centre hospitalier de Chicoutimi)
    Hypertriglycéridémie sévère (> 10mmol/L) : biomarqueurs de risque et de la réponse au traitement.
    Supervisor: Gaudet, Daniel
  • Ussher, John Edward (Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital)
    Identification of the role of the glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor in cardiac myocytes.
    Supervisor: Drucker, Daniel J
  • Wijesekara, Nadeeja T (Biology, York University)
    Adiponectin receptor and APPL1 mediated adiponectin signaling and metabolic effects in cardiomyocytes.
    Supervisor: Sweeney, Gary

Doctoral Research Awards

  • Altimimi, Haider F (Neurology & Neurosurgery, McGill University)
    Mechanism of tumor necrosis factor alpha induced neuronal glutamate excitotoxicity.
    Supervisor:  Stellwagen, David
  • Ang, Lisa (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, University of British Columbia)
    The extracellular role of granzyme B in abdominal aortic aneurysm. 
    Supervisor: Granville, David J
  • Banks, Laura (Heart Centre, Hospital for Sick Children)
    Cardiac metabolism in congenital heart disease: influence of exercise and ischemic preconditioning.
    Supervisor: McCrindle, Brian W
  • Carson, Valerie (Kinesiology, Queen's University)
    The impact of sedentary behaviour on the risk of cardiovascular disease among children. 
    Supervisor:  Janssen, Ian M
  • Chaudhary, Ketul (Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Alberta)
    Role of B-type natriuretic peptide in epoxyeicosatrienoic acid mediated cardioprotection. 
    Supervisor: Seubert, John M
  • Deniset, Justin F (Physiology, University of Manitoba)
    The effects of chlamydia pneumoniae infection on nuclear protein import.
    Supervisor: Pierce, Grant N
  • Dissing-Olesen, Lasse (Psychiatry, University of British Columbia)
    Astrocyte toll-like receptor 3 induces glutamate neurotoxicity during ischemic stroke.
    Supervisor: MacVicar, Brian A
  • Gee, Eric (Kinesiology & Health Sciences, York University)
    The role of PI3K and MEF2 in shear stress-mediated angiogenesis.
    Supervisor: Haas, Tara L
  • Haddad, Paola (Centre de Recherche, Université de Montréal)
    Rôle de la NADPH oxydase dans la néovacularisation post-ischémique et l'athérosclérose.
    Supervisor: Rivard, Alain
  • Harrison, Thomas Clarke (Psychiatry, University of British Columbia)
    Probing rewired circuits and neurons after stroke using in vivo light-based stimulation. 
    Supervisor: Murphy, Timothy H
  • Imm, Joon-Hyuk (Medicine, University of British Columbia)
    The roles of beta-arrestin in NMDAR-mediated neuronal death in ischemia. 
    Supervisor: Wang, Yu Tian
  • Johansen, Christopher (Robarts Research Institute, University of Western Ontario)
    Elucidating the genetic determinants of hypertriglyceridemia in cardiovascular disease. 
    Supervisor: Hegele, Robert A
  • Lee, Brian L (Biochemistry, University of Alberta)
    NMR structural studies of transmembrane fragments of NHE1. 
    Supervisor: Sykes, Brian D
    Co-Supervisor:  Fliegel, Larry
  • Molgat, André S.D. (Chronic Disease, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute)
    Investigating the pro-survival activity of macrophage-secreted factors on preadipocytes. 
    Supervisor: Sorisky, Alexander
  • Sage, Michael D (Rehabilitation Science, University of Toronto)
    Aerobic exercise as an adjunct to upper-limb therapy for recovery from stroke. 
    Supervisor: McIlroy, William E
    Co-Supervisor:  Roy, Eric A
  • Sider, Krista Lynn (Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto)
    Calcific aortic valve sclerosis progression - associated matrix spatial and temporal changes. 
    Supervisor: Simmons, Craig A
  • Szewczyk, Magdalena M (Medicine, McMaster University)
    Plasma membrane Ca2+ pump isoforms in arteries: search for selective inhibitors. 
    Supervisor: Grover, Ashok K
  • Xiang, Fuli (Physiology & Pharmacology, University of Western Ontario)
    Regulation of cardiac function by stem cell factor post myocardial infarction. 
    Supervisor: Feng, Qingping