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The Canadian Cardiovascular Congress 2015

Submitted by lthorson on Wed, 11/18/2015 - 11:10am
Wed, 11/18/2015 - 01:00

On October 24 to 27, the 16th annual Canadian Cardiovascular Congress was held in Toronto, Ontario with, once again, the Libin Institute being a gold sponsor. As the largest health professional congress in Canada, the event draws individuals ranging from cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, researchers, nurses and other cardiovascular specialists from across the country and the world.

Held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and chaired by Libin’s Director, Dr. Todd Anderson, this four day event included a variety of presentations, workshops, debates, meet and greets, and networking opportunities for approximately 3,000 attendees.

Throughout the event, many Libin Institute members were awarded prestigious accolades that recognized their dedication to cardiovascular care and research. Some winners included:

Dr. Merril Knudtson

The 2015 Canadian Association of Intervention Cardiology's Outstanding Achievement Award

This award is given to individuals who contribute to the discipline of interventional cardiology at a local, provincial or national level and demonstrated excellence in clinical practice, education, research or leadership. Known as the father of interventional cardiology in Canada, Dr. Knudtson is an interventional cardiologist whose other career milestones include being one of the first cardiologists in the country to perform a coronary angioplasty, is the primary investigator/founder of the APPROACH (Alberta Provincial Project for Outcome Assessment in Coronary Heart Disease) database, and receiving the Order of Canada in 2013.

Dr. Michael Chiu

The 2015 Canadian Cardiovascular Society Association's Have a Heart Bursary

This award is designed to introduce promising young Canadian medical and graduate students, post-graduate trainees, and basic scientists-in-training to the cardiovascular sciences (clinical and basic) to encourage a strong Canadian cardiovascular community.  Dr. Chiu is currently in his third year of an internal medicine residency at the Cumming School of Medicine and will be entering into a cardiology fellowship at the Libin next year. He is a member of Dr. Ed O’Brien’s vascular lab and his research interests lie in anti-atherosclerotic heat shock protein. With this bursary, his lab is using it towards a variety of biophysical techniques to investigate conformational and structural changes of anti-atherosclerotic heat shock protein.

Dr. Holly Mewhort

The 2015 Canadian Society of Cardiac Surgeon's - Dr. Paul Cartier Cardiac Surgery Resident Award and the Canadian Cardiovascular Society's - Trainee Research Award - Basic Science.

The Dr. Paul Cartier Cardiac Surgery Resident Award is given to a cardiac surgery resident who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of cardiac surgery through basic science or clinical research and who has demonstrated promise for a distinguished academic career in cardiac surgery.

The Trainee Research Award – Basic Science is given to trainees who show scientific merit and excellence in their presentation and research work. Dr. Mewhort presented on her research that i using a tissue engineering approach (an extracellular matrix) to treat or prevent heart failure following a heart attack. She is a RGY6 cardiac surgery resident as well as a PhD student from Dr. Paul Fedak’s lab. Dr. Mewhort marks the third student in a row from the Fedak lab to win this prestigious award. Something never achieved in any Canadian lab, so job well done Fedak lab! 

Other highlights of the congress included Dr. Norm Campbell participating in The Great Salt Debate; Dr. Jehangir Appoo, lead author, presenting the thoracic aortic disease interventions positioning statement; Dr. Anderson’s update on lipid management; poster presentations from a variety of our students/trainees; workshops and oral presentations completed by our members; and our reception held on the Sunday evening.   

"We are very proud to have been a gold sponsor for the 2015 Canadian Cardiovascular Congress,” says Libin Institute Director, Dr. Todd Anderson. “The meeting provides an opportunity for our members and students to learn, showcase their research, interact with colleagues from across the country, and form new collaborations. It is important for cardiovascular institutes to take a leadership role and support this wonderful meeting."

Dr. Holly Mewhort accepting her Dr. Paul Cartier Cardiac
Surgery Resident Award  

Dr. Merril Knudtson accepting his Canadian Association of
Intervention Cardiology Outstanding Achievement Award.  

For more pictures from the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress click here

Photos courtesy of the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress

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