The University of Ottawa Heart Institute’s Global Achievement Awards, as part of the Research Strategic Plan ORACLE 1.5, were established to recognize UOHI investigators who have exerted a global influence in their sphere of work. Each year, two researchers will be recognized – one for research leadership and one for clinical leadership.
Dr. Ruth McPherson
Recipient of the 2015 Global Achievement Award in Research Leadership
Dr. Ruth McPherson has had a strong presence and influence on the global research stage for decades. She is a world leader in cholesterol and genetics research, and has made significant contributions to our understanding of human cholesterol metabolism. Dr. McPherson has made major discoveries in human genetics, most notably the 2007 discovery of the chromosome 9p21 risk locus for coronary artery disease. Most recently, as a lead investigator in the international CARDIoGRAM+C4D Consortium, Dr. McPherson et al published a landmark study in Nature Genetics, levering data from 1000 Genomes and highlighting that the genetic basis of heart disease is primarily related to multiple common genetic variants of small effect size.
Dr. McPherson has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for Research Excellence in 2002; the AHA Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis & Vascular Biology Special Recognition Award in 2011; and the Canadian Society of Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis & Vascular Biology Scientific Excellence Award in 2012. Dr. McPherson was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2014.
Dr. Michel Le May
Recipient of the 2015 Global Achievement Award in Clinical Leadership
Dr. Michel Le May is a tour-de-force in STEMI management. Dr. Le May’s work has brought on innovative changes to how STEMIs are being treated worldwide. This STEMI model of care was originally published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, and has been adopted widely throughout North America, Europe, and beyond. Dr. Le May is currently helping to set up the STEMI programs in India and Southeast Asia.
Dr. Le May has carried this leadership further and is developing programs for patients who have undergone cardiac arrest and have recovery of spontaneous circulation. Dr. Le May is currently leading a Canada-wide initiative that will enhance care, establish training standards and complex care models required in Cardiac Intensive Care Units.
Dr. Le May has received numerous awards for his leadership and impact, including the CIHR/CMAJ Top Canadian Achievement in Health Research Award. Most recently in 2014, Dr. Le May was presented the Lumen Global Achievement Award for his leadership in developing novel care approaches that have saved lives around the world.