Recent Grant Success

CIHR Foundation and Project Grants

Congratulations to Heart Institute researchers on another successful round of securing peer reviewed grant funding! Our investigators were recently awarded both CIHR Foundation and Project grants to further their cutting-edge research into heart disease and enhance care for our patients.

Find our more in The Beat story “Strong Showing in Race for Research Dollars.”

CIHR Foundation Grant

  • Katey Rayner, PhD
    Innovative mechanisms in atherosclerosis: Inflammation at the leading edge
    $976,975 over 5 years

CIHR Project Grants

  • David Birnie, MD
    Cardiac sarcoidosis multi-centre prospective cohort
    $600,135 over 5 years
  • Wenbin Liang, MD PhD
    Role of Wnt signaling in cardiac arrhythmogenesis
    $577,200 over 5 years
  • Ruth McPherson, MD PhD
    TRIB1 in the regulation of hepatic lipid metabolism: From GWAS locus to function
    $263,523 over 3 years
  • Benjamin Rotstein, PhD
    Selective imaging of matrix metalloproteinase-13 to identify vulnerable plaques in atherosclerosis
    $462,523 over 4 years
  • Balwant Tuana, PhD
    SLMAPs: Novel regulators of cardiac growth and targets in heart disease
    $1,064,000 over 5 years

CFI John R. Evans Leaders Fund – Infrastructure Grant

Congratulations to Benjamin Hibbert, MD, PhD, on his success in the CFI John R. Evans Leaders Fund competition. This infrastructure award helps Dr. Hibbert to outfit his multi-modality platelet function laboratory with cutting edge equipment. The approved infrastructure includes a state-of-the-art live-cell imaging platform and a flow cytometer for comprehensive platelet function analysis. The total awarded amount is $537,500.

Heart & Stroke Foundation Grants & Awards


Congratulations to UOHI investigators on their phenomenal success in the Heart and Stroke Foundation Grant-in-Aid competition! The UOHI success rate is 50% (compared to the national average of 20%).

  • David Birnie, MD
    Cardiac sarcoidosis in multi-centre prospective cohort
    $259,897 over 3 years
  • Vincent Chan, MD
    Randomized trial of mitral valve repair with leaflet resection versus leaflet preservation - Multicenter study from the Canadian Mitral Researchers (CAMRA)
    $99,400 over 3 years
  • Thais Coutinho, MD
    Predictors of disease progression on thoracic aorta aneurysms: Role of arterial stiffness & hemodynamics
    $220,938 over 3 years
    Dr. Coutinho also received a HSF Personnel Award – see further below for details.
  • Wenbin Liang, MD, PhD
    Regulation of cardiac ion channels by Wnt signaling
    $284,058 over 3 years
  • Katey Rayner, PhD
    Exosomal microRNAs as mediators of cell-cell communication in atherosclerosis
    $296,441 over 3 years
  • Alexandre Stewart, PhD
    Mechanisms of coronary artercalcification risk conferred by 9p21.3 genetic variants
    $217,740 over three years
  • Girish Dwivedi, MD, PhD (as Co-PI)
    PI:  Vicente Corrales-Medina, MD (Ottawa Hospital Research Institute)
    Vascular inflammation after acute pneumonia as measured by 18FDG-PET/CT scan
    $152,576 over three years

Emerging Research Leaders Initiative (ERLI)

Congratulations to Wenbin Liang, MD, PhD, on his success in the Heart and Stroke Foundation Emerging Research Leaders Initiative competition. This award recognizes excellent junior research leaders at the early stage of their career. Dr. Liang’s research is focused on unravelling the signaling pathways in arrhythmia. The total awarded amount is $150,000 over 3 years.

Ontario Mid-Career Investigator Award

Derek So, MD
Reassessment of Anti-Platelet therapy using InDividualized Strategies - The RAPID Program
$320,000 over 4 years

Ontario Clinician Scientist Award – Phase 1

Thais Coutinho, MD
Exploring the Role of Arterial Stiffness in Sex Differences of Cardiovascular Diseases
$280,000 over 4 years