Endowed Chairs & Fellowships

Endowed Chairs help the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) attract and support top-calibre researchers. They provide long-term support to areas of research and academia identified as a priority for the Institute. Chairs bring prestige and recognition to our researchers. 

Endowed Fellowships and Graduate Awards build the next generation of cardiovascular experts. They serve as tools to retain current talents and to recruit new talents. These Fellowships and Awards provide salary stipends to postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows, and graduate students through a peer reviewed, competitive process.

These funding initiatives are made possible by the generous support of donors,

the University of Ottawa Cardiac Endowment Fund at the Heart Institute, and the UOHI Foundation

Endowed Chairs

The Heart Institute offers a total of 12 Endowed Chairs to support our world-renowned physicians and scientists in their leadership, research, and educational activities. 

We are grateful to the donors for their support of these Endowed Chairs.

  • Gordon F. Henderson Chair in Leadership
    Held by the President and CEO
  • Vered Chair in Cardiology 
    Held by the Chief of Cardiology
  • Michael Pitfield Chair in Cardiac Surgery
    Held by the Chief of Cardiac Surgery
  • Endowed Chair in Cardiac Surgery Research
    Held by an active cardiac surgeon who provides research and academic leadership in cardiac surgery
  • Endowed Chair in Cardiac Surgery Valve Research
    Held by an active cardiac surgeon conducting research to advance knowledge of cardiac valves
  • Donald S. Beanlands Endowed Chair in Cardiology Education
    Held by an active cardiologist who provides leadership in cardiology education
  • Endowed Chair in Electrophysiology Leadership
    Held by the Director of the Electrophysiology Program
  • Merck Frosst Canada Chair in Atherosclerosis Research
    Held by an Institute researcher leading translational research in atherosclerosis. These funds were established by Merck Frosst in recognition of Drs. Ruth McPherson, Ross Milne, and Yves Marcel, the founders of the Institute’s Lipoproteins and Atherosclerosis Research Group.
  • Minto Chair in Interventional Cardiology Leadership
    Held by the Director of the Interventional Cardiology Program
  • Pfizer Chair in Hypertension Research
    Held by a researcher leading hypertension research
  • Saul and Edna Goldfarb Chair in Cardiac Imaging
    Held by an active clinician leading cardiac imaging research
  • Women’s Heart Health Research Chair (term Chair)
    Held by a researcher leading women’s heart health research 
    • To be announced
Endowed Fellowships and Graduate Awards

The 2016 Endowed Fellowship and Graduate Award Funding Opportunity has been closed. For more information, please refer to the competition guidelines or write to ResearchServices@ottawaheart.ca.

The University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI)’s Endowed Fellowships and Graduate Awards recognize highly qualified trainees undertaking research at the Institute. These Fellowships and Awards provide stipends to Postdoctoral Fellows, Clinical Fellows, and Graduate Students; and serve as tools to retain current talents, as well as recruit new talents.

The Call for Applications is launched each winter with an application deadline around April 1. Incoming trainees are encouraged to apply prior to starting at the Institute, having identified a supervisor.


The Strategic Research Fellowship provides stipend for a two-year term to postdoctoral or clinical fellow(s) working in an area of research that aligns with the current Research Strategic Plan, Ottawa Region for Advanced Cardiovascular Research Excellence (ORACLE) 2013-17. Priority is given to incoming and international recruits.

  • Benoit Laffont, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

  Supervisor: Katey Rayner, PhD

  Project title: A role for microRNAs in regulating macrophage necroptosis during atherosclerosis development


There are currently three Division of Cardiology Fellowships. These Fellowships provide stipends for up to two years to postdoctoral or clinical fellows conducting research in the Division of Cardiology.

Ernest and Margaret Ford Fellowship

  • Fernanda Erthal, MD, Clinical Fellow                                                          

  Supervisors: Rob Beanlands, MD & Benjamin Chow, MD

  Project title: Innovative myocardial characterization using multi-modality imaging: validation and application to direct therapies 

Whit and Heather Tucker Fellowship

  • Han-bin Lin, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

  Supervisor: Peter Liu, MD

  Project title: The essential role of innate immune NOD1/RIP2 signaling pathway on cardiac hypertrophic response

Vered-Beanlands Fellowship

  • Daniel Juneau, MD, Clinical Fellow

  Supervisor: Rob Beanlands, MD

  Project title: Use of advanced cardiac imaging in cardiac inflammation


The Lawrence Soloway Fellowship provides stipend for up to two years to a postdoctoral or clinical fellow conducting research in the Division of Cardiac Surgery.

  • Godwin Dogbevia, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

  Supervisor: Erik Suuronen, PhD

  Project title: The role of the cardiac extracellular matrix in the function and repair of the myocardium


The Jan and Ian Craig Fellowship provides stipend for up to two years to a postdoctoral or clinical fellow conducting research in the Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation.

  • Adam Heenan, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

  Supervisor: Heather Tulloch, PhD

  Project title: Psychosocial correlates of cardiovascular health and health behaviour change


These awards provide stipends for a two-year term to postdoctoral fellows and graduate students (PhD or MSc level) based at the Heart Institute and registered with the University of Ottawa.

  • Ali Ahmadi, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

  Supervisor: Lisa Mielniczuk, MD

  Project title: Testing fatty acid oxidation Inhibition as a potential novel treatment strategy in pulmonary artery hypertension and right heart failure

  • Reza Jafar, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

  Supervisors: Munir Boodhwani, MDVincent Chan, MD, & Michel Labrosse PhD

  Project title: Patient-specific heart valve virtual surgery

  • My-Anh Nguyen, PhD Student 

  Supervisor: Katey Rayner, PhD

  Project title: Role of exosomal microRNAs in atherogenesis

  • Ragnar Vilmundarson, PhD Student 

  Supervisor: Alexandre Stewart, PhD

  Project title: Indels in the human genome and their relationship with coronary artery disease

  • Jonathan Weldrick, PhD Student

  Supervisor: Patrick Burgon, PhD

  Project title: Cardiogenomic reprogramming of the perinatal heart: Transitioning from a fetal heart to an adult heart

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