Erik Suuronen and his team, including Dr. Marc Ruel, Dr. Emilio Alarcon (PhD), and Dr. Duncan Stewart, have been awarded significant funding from the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) as part of the Collaborative Health Research Projects Program for their project Injectable collagen matrices for cardiac tissue repair.
The project was awarded $885,000, including $50,000 for the acquisition of equipment.
Congratulations to Dr. Suuronen and his entire team.
Erik Suuronen’s research interests focus on the use of tissue engineering and cell-based approaches to develop new therapies for the treatment of cardiac injury and disease. This includes the investigation of biomaterial scaffolds and stem/progenitor cell transplantation for promoting angiogenesis within the heart to restore blood flow to damaged tissue and improve its function. He is also investigating how the body’s own stem cells respond when the heart is damaged and how to enhance this response. Another area of interest for Dr. Suuronen’s research team is the investigation of cardiovascular complications associated with diabetes. Dr. Suuronen is also an investigator of the Molecular, Function and Imaging Program at the Heart Institute, led by Dr. Rob Beanlands.