Congratulations to Dr. Mireille Ouimet! Dr. Ouimet recently received the Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology (ATVB) Journal’s Daniel Steinberg Early Career Investigator Award, and the CIHR-Canadian Society of Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology Early Career Lecture Award.
The Daniel Steinberg Early Career Investigator Award recognizes outstanding work by an early career investigator. Dr. Ouimet has been awarded this prestigious honour in recognition of her paper titled “microRNA-33 regulates macrophage autophagy in atherosclerosis” published in ATVB in June 2017. This works shows that microRNA-33 is an important player in regulating cholesterol metabolism and thereby reduces plaque build-up in the blood vessels. In less than one year since its publication, the paper is already well cited by other research groups. Dr. Ouimet received this award and presented her work on May 11 in San Francisco at the 2018 ATVB Scientific Sessions.
On June 9 at the 13th International Symposium on Atherosclerosis in Toronto, Dr. Ouimet was presented with another award, the CIHR-Canadian Society of Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis & Vascular Biology Early Career Lecturer Award. This award recognizes the research excellence and innovation of an atherosclerosis, thrombosis and/or vascular biology Early Career Investigator in Canada. Dr. Ouimet delivered a keynote lecture on her research program focused on the role of autophagy – a natural, regulated process that removes unnecessary or dysfunctional cellular components – in the development of atherosclerosis.
Dr. Ouimet holds the positions of Scientist and Director of the Cardiovascular Metabolism and Cell Biology Laboratory at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Ouimet is a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2).