Libin Life Magazine 2021

Learn how the researchers, clinicians and educators within the Libin Cardiovascular Institute are working together to optimize cardiovascular health

Libin Life Magazine


Physical Activity and Cardiovascular Health

It’s well known that physical activity is critical to physical and mental health. Despite most knowing the importance of being active, 82 per cent of Canadians struggle to meet the recommended targets for physical activity. 

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covid 19

Tackling COVID-19

Libin Cardiovascular Institute clinicians and researchers joined the fight against COVID-19, an important effort given that the virus can have a big impact on the heart.

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Complex aortic team

Better Together

The Libin Cardiovascular Institute’s world-class cardiac surgery program is getting a boost thanks to a new multi-discipline collaboration created to improve patient outcomes.

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Cardiac ERAS team

Improving Outcomes

The world-class cardiac surgical program within the Libin Cardiovascular doesn’t just happen. It’s the result of a commitment to innovation and a willingness to question accepted practice by the entire care team.

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Mentorship Matters

The Libin Cardiovascular Institute has a nationally recognized education program. Libin members work with students of all levels from undergraduate to residents and postdoctoral fellows, training the next generation of cardiovascular researchers, specialist physicians and surgeons. This training runs the gamut from bench science to advanced clinical training.

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Kate Bourne

Perseverance Key to Vanier Scholar’s Success

Kate Bourne, a PhD candidate at the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine (CSM), under the mentorship of Dr. Satish Raj, MD, a clinician-researcher with the Libin Cardiovascular Institute, knows perseverance is an important key to success.

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Dr. Ali Hassanabad

Cardiac Surgery Resident Receives Prestigious Vanier Scholarship

Dr. Ali Fatehi Hassanabad, MD, has numerous noteworthy achievements such as completing medical school, being accepted into the Cumming School of Medicine’s (CSM) cardiac surgery program within the Libin Cardiovascular Institute, and receiving multiple awards from national funding agencies.

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Wayne Chen

Alzheimer's Breakthrough

A research team at the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine (CSM) led by Dr. S.R. Wayne Chen, PhD, has made an exciting breakthrough with the potential to prevent and reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Dr. Dana Olstad

Understanding Food Insecurity

This astute statement made more than 2,000 years ago by the founder of modern medicine has been proven through research. We now know that healthy eating can help prevent and treat chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes.

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Dr. Matthew James

Practical Science

Randomized clinical trials are widely considered the most robust form of evidence when it comes to medical research. The ultimate goal is designing trials that advance science and address issues important to patients. It requires clinicians and scientists to include patient advisers in the process.

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Dr. James White

Looking Ahead

Heart failure impacts between three to four per cent of the general population. While commonly related to heart attacks it can also be due to a condition called dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), a disease characterized by an enlarged and weak heart muscle that can’t efficiently pump blood.

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Calgary Cardiac Surgery team in Poland

From Calgary to Gdansk

Sharing knowledge is often a key part of the medical profession, especially in an academic environment. But a surgical team from the Libin Cardiovascular Institute recently went above and beyond in their commitment to improving outcomes for patients.

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Dr. Norm Campbell

Raising the Bar

Dr. Norm Campbell, MD, professor emeritus from the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine (CSM), spent 35 years working to improve the cardiovascular health of local patients in his clinical practice.

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Girl Dreams of Being Cardiac Surgeon

Dreaming Big

Most Grade 5 students would likely choose a pizza party or game night with friends for their birthday, but Adlynn Wandler isn’t like most kids her age.

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