Heart-Brain Connection Summer School 2023


The Canadian Vascular Network, University of Ottawa Heart Institute and University of Ottawa hosted the Heart-Brain Connection Summer School on August 16-18, 2023 in Ottawa. This event was open to cardiovascular and brain research trainees across Canada and was designed to bring together a high-quality cohort of trainees in heart-brain research to:

  • Learn the latest concepts in brain-heart research and related areas
  • Provide a venue for trainees to network with peers and faculty


  • August 16 to 18, 2023

Summer School Program 


Location / Venue

The event was held in the Desmarais Building at the University of Ottawa in the heart of vibrant Ottawa downtown and steps from the historic Byward Market.


Rapid Fire Oral Presentations and Competition


Best Rapid Fire Oral Presentation Award
William Betzner, MSc Candidate
University of Calgary

Supervisors:  Aravind Ganesh, MD & Eric Smith, MD
A Qualitative Study of the Experiences of People Living with Dementia (PLWD) Who Have a Stroke

Rapid Fire Oral Presentation Honorable Mentions
Serena Pulente, PhD Candidate
University of Ottawa

Supervisor:  Erin Mulvihill, PhD
Common Drug - Rare Disease - Can Metformin Improve Cardiac Health in PAI-1 Deficient Mice?

Amanpreet Kaur, PhD Candidate
McGill University

Supervisor:  Louise Pilote, MD, PhD 
Sex Differences in the Association of Age at Diagnosis of Hypertension with Brain Structure


Social events and networking

An important component of this summer school was to encourage networking amongst trainees from various labs across Canada. Additionally, building collaborations was an integral part of our research program.  Therefore, we encouraged delegates to participate in networking opportunities organized across the three days. Through the support of our partners, we were pleased to subsidize these activities with the hope the Summer School will build long lasting collaborations for each attendee.

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