Heart Institute projects receive more than $1.6 million from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research

February 1, 2024

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has announced the recipients of its Fall 2023 Project Grant program. Three University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) projects are receiving upwards of $1.6 million to advance patient care.

The UOHI projects receiving funding are listed below.

Christopher Sun, PhD, UOHI

Principal investigator: Christopher Sun, PhD
Project: Artificial Intelligence Supported In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Prediction, Prevention, and Management
Amount: $1,450,725 over five years

Christopher Sun’s research interests lie at the intersection of optimization, artificial intelligence, public health, and health equity. His research primarily revolves around utilizing data-driven optimization, machine learning, and simulation techniques to inform the design of healthcare systems and development of public health policies.


Heather Tulloch, PhD, UOHI

Principal investigator: Heather Tulloch, PhD
Co-PI: Paul Greenman, PhD, Université du Québec en Outaouais
Project: What’s Love Got to Do With It? Evaluating the Healing Hearts Together Program on Relationship, Mental Health, and Cardiovascular Outcomes
Amount: $100,000 over one year

Dr. Heather Tulloch provides psychological assessment and intervention services to patients with cardiovascular diseases. She conducts research on the role of behavioural, cognitive, psychological, and social mechanisms and interventions for patients with cardiovascular disease and their partners, with the goal of improving cardiovascular, mental health, and quality of life outcomes.


Ian Paterson, MD, UOHI

Principal investigator: Ian Paterson, MD
Co-PI: Richard Thompson, PhD, University of Alberta
Project: Dapagliflozin for Long COVID Syndrome
Amount: $100,000 over one year

Dr. Ian Paterson’s research interests include cardiovascular imaging in heart failure, cardiomyopathy, cardio-oncology, and post-COVID syndrome. He has published hundreds of scientific articles, abstracts, and book chapters, and frequently presents his research regionally, nationally, and internationally.


About the program

The CIHR’s Project Grant program is designed to capture ideas with the greatest potential to advance health-related fundamental or applied knowledge, health research, health care, health systems, and/or health outcomes. It supports projects or programs of research proposed and conducted by individual researchers or groups of researchers in all areas of health. The best ideas may stem from new, incremental, innovative, and/or high-risk lines of inquiry, or knowledge translation approaches.

Congratulations to all our researchers!

For more about the Project Grant program and the projects receiving funding, please visit the CIHR Project Grant website.

Media contact

Leigh Morris
Communications Officer
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
613-316-6409 (cell)