Stewart, Alexandre

Alexandre Stewart, PhD is the Director of the Laboratory of Translational Genomics at the Ruddy Canadian Cardiovascular Genetics Centre. He is also Full Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology.


Before joining the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Dr. Stewart was Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Cardiovascular Institute. He received his post-doctoral training at the University of California, San Francisco, and his PhD from the Department of Anatomy and Organismal Biology at the University of Chicago. Before his PhD training, he obtained an MSc degree in Physiology and a BScH degree in Biology at the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Stewart is a founding member of the international CARDIoGRAMplusC4D consortium focused on Genome-Wide Associations Studies (GWAS) of > 20 centres in eight countries for the discovery of genetic risk of coronary artery disease (CAD). He also participates in the GENIUS-CHD consortium that seeks to understand the genetic and non-genetic drivers of subsequent or recurrent events in those who have established CHD.

Dr. Stewart was awarded Investigator of the Year by the University of Ottawa Heart Institute in 2014.

Dr. Stewart has received peer reviewed funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Diabetes Canada (previously Canadian Diabetes Association) and the Weston Brain Institute.

Research and clinical interests

Coronary arteries supply blood to the heart. When they become hardened with calcium, they lose their ability to control blood flow to the heart and this can cause a heart attack and death. Currently, there is no medicine to reverse this hardening of the arteries. Many factors increase the risk of hardening in the coronary arteries, including being male, atherosclerosis (the accumulation of fatty deposits in the artery wall) and having osteoporosis (a disease that weakens bones, so they break easily). Dr. Stewart’s team has identified genetic and inflammatory mechanisms that contribute to atherosclerosis, osteoporosis, and arterial calcification with a view to develop new therapies to treat these 3 diseases simultaneously.


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