Women’s Heart and Brain Health Chair Awards - Competition results!

Heart & Stroke is pleased to announce the recipients of the Women’s Heart and Brain Health Chair awards. The funding for this initiative was made possible with the 2016 Canadian Federal budget investment, and through partnerships with the following organizations:
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR):
    • Institute of Indigenous Peoples Health;
    • Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health; and
    • Institute of Gender and Health
  • New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF)
Heart disease and stroke are a leading cause of death and disability among Canadian women. In fact, most Canadian women have at least one risk factor for heart disease and stroke – yet many women are not aware of this threat and do not know how to recognize the symptoms until it is too late. In comparison to non-Indigenous women, Indigenous women have a higher cardiovascular disease mortality rate. The Canadian Federal Budget 2016 provides for an investment of $5 million over five (5) years to Heart & Stroke to support with its partners, targeted research on women’s heart and brain health and to promote collaboration between research institutions across the country.
The mandate of each Chair is to generate new knowledge that improves awareness, prevention and understanding of how biology and socio-cultural factors affect women’s heart and brain health. The mandate of the Indigenous Chairs in particular will include barriers and external factors that can influence Indigenous women’s health in Canada. The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are:
  • To create new knowledge that advances understanding of women’s heart and stroke health.
  • To foster innovative, sex- and gender-sensitive approaches to diagnosis, access to high quality care and treatment of heart disease and stroke in women, especially within Indigenous communities.
  • To foster the translation of research knowledge into evidence-based policies and interventions that improves heart and brain health and promotes wellness of women.
The successful awards are listed below:
Chairs in Women's Heart and Brain Health:
Husam Abdel-Qadir (Women's College Research Institute)
Early Career Women's Heart and Brain Health Chair
Characterising Heart and Mind Health Post-Chemotherapy in Women with Breast Cancer
Kara Nerenberg (University of Calgary)
Mid-Career Women's Heart and Brain Health Chair
Program to IMPROVE the Heart and Brain Health of Post-Partum Canadian Women
Chairs in Indigenous Women's Heart and Brain Health:  
Bernice Downey (McMaster University)
Indigenous Early Career Women's Heart and Brain Health Chair
Indigenous Women and Heart Health: Mending Broken Hearts
Heather Foulds (University of Saskatchewan)
Indigenous Early Career Women's Heart and Brain Health Chair
Social and cultural impacts on cardiovascular health determinants for indigenous women