Personnel Award Competition Results: 2013/2014

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 2013/2014 is posted below. 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

Barnett Scholarship
Atzema, Clare L. (Medicine, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences)
Atrial fibrillation in the emergency room, The AFTER study.
Dowlatshahi, Dariush (Medicine (Neurology), Ottawa Hospital Research Institute)
Predicting intracerebral hemorrhage expansion using the dynamic CT-angiography spot sign.
Simpson, Jeremy A. (Health and Nutritional Sciences, University of Guelph)
Myocardial production of erythropoietin and hemoglobin variants.

Distinguished Clinician Scientist

Wijeysundera, Harindra C (Medicine, Sunnybrook Research Institute)
Evaluating therapeutic decision making, outcomes and resource utilization in chronic stable angina, an interprovincial population-based study.

Research Fellowships

Beale, Thomas M. (Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto)
Novel analogues of cardiac glycosides prepared by catalyst-controlled glycosylation.
Supervisor:  Taylor, Mark S.
Care, Alison S. (Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Alberta)
Effect of advanced maternal age on subsequent maternal and offspring cardiovascular health.
Supervisor:  Davidge, Sandra
Chaudhary, Ketul (Department of Regenerative Medicine, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute)
Vascular progenitor and stem cells for optimal revascularization of acellular lung scaffolds.
Supervisor:  Stewart, Duncan
Currie, Katharine (Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia)
Effect of exercise interventions on cardiovascular health in motor-complete spinal cord injury.
Supervisor:  Krassioukov, Andrei
Dyson, Kenneth S. (Department of Physiology, Université de Montréal)
MRI characterization of neurovascular function in carotid artery disease.
Supervisor:  Hoge, Rick
Esseltine, Jessica (Department of Pharmacology, Howard Hughes Medical Institute)
Managing hypertension through anchored protein kinase-C acitivity.
Supervisor:  Scott, John D.

Kondo, Marcia, Y. (Department of Pediatrics and Pharmacology, University of Alberta)
Nuclear localization and activity of MMP-2 in cardiac myocytes.
Supervisor:  Schulz, Richard
Ludke, Ana (Cardiovascular Surgery, Toronto General Hospital)
Role of interleukin-10 in uterine stem cell differentiation and preservation of cardiac function after myocardial infarction.
Supervisor:  Li, Ren-Ke
Manickaraj, Ashok Kumar (Department of Genetics & Genome Biology, Hospital for Sick Children)
Exome sequencing for RV remodeling after tetralogy of fallot repair.
Supervisor:  Mital, Seema
HSF/Pfizer Award
Maxson, Michelle (Cell Biology Program, Hospital for Sick Children)
The role of scavenger receptor SCARB1 in the transport of cholesterol and in cardiovascular health.
Supervisor:  Grinstein, Sergio
Menzies, Keir J. (Department of Biology, Ecole polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)
The role of the corepressor protein SMRT/NCoR2 in metabolic homeostasis.
Supervisor:  Auwerx, Johan
Miller, Kimberly J. (Department of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia)
Fast muscle activation and stepping training to improve balance and mobility post-stroke.
Supervisor:  Garland, S. Jayne
Parajuli, Nirmal (Department of Medicine, University of Alberta)
Differential role of PI3 kinase isoforms in signaling and heart disease.
Supervisor:  Oudit, Gavin Y.
Patel, Vaibhav B. (Department of Medicine, University of Alberta)
Role of ACE2 in diabetic cardiovascular complications: enhancing ACE2 as potential therapy.
Supervisor:  Oudit, Gavin
Pezeshki, Adel (Department of Production Animal Health, University of Calgary)
Bariatric suregery for obesity: machanisms of action on cardiovascular function and metabolism.
Supervisor:  Chelikani, Prasanth
Das, Samir (Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of British Columbia)
Sodium channel beta subunits: structure and function in native and diseased states.
Supervisor:  Van Petegem, Filip
Saunders, Travis J. (Department of Medicine, Dalhousie University)
Sedentary behavior, physical acitivy and heart disease risk factors in clinical populations.
Supervisor:  Blanchard, Chris M.
Smyth, David C. (Department of Advanced Diagnostics, Toronto General Research Institute)
The role of innate response activator B lymphocytes in atherosclerosis.
Supervisor:  Robbins, Clinton
Stobart, Jillian L. (Institute of Pharmacology, University of Zurich)
Characterization of astocyte calcium signalling during neurovascular coupling before and after ischemia.
Supervisor:  Weber, Bruno

Voss, Christine (Department of Orthopaedics, University of British Columbia)
Does neighbourhood matter for children's and youths' physical activity and active transport?
Supervisor:  McKay, Heather A.
Co-Supervisor:  Winters, Meghan