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

Call for Applications: Endowed Fellowships & Scholarships 2020-21

The University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) is pleased to launch the 2020-21 Call for Applications for Endowed Fellowships and Scholarships. We thank our donors, the UOHI Foundation, and the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine for making this effort possible.

A number of awards is being made available to Postdoctoral Fellows, Clinical Research Fellows, and Graduate Students undertaking research at UOHI.

For applicants already working at the UOHI, submit your application here: https://uottawaheart.fluidreview.com/.

For applicants who would like to join the UOHI, please write to ResearchServices@ottawaheart.ca..

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 Scholarships

2019-20 Endowed Fellowships and Scholarships


The Strategic Research Fellowship provides stipend for a two-year term to a postdoctoral or clinical fellow working in an area of research that aligns with the current Research Strategic Plan. 

  • Lara Gharibeh, PhD, Incoming Postdoctoral Fellow

  Supervisor: Juan Grau, MD

  Project title: Development of biomarker profile for aortic sclerosis and stenosis: A pilot study 

  • Carley O’Neill, PhD, Incoming Postdoctoral Fellow

             Supervisor: Jennifer Reed, PhD

             Project title: Determining the feasibility of High Intensity Interval Training in cardiac rehabilitation among women with cardiovascular disease: Answering the call for research


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

  • Alice Blet, MD PhD, Incoming Postdoctoral Fellow                                                         

  Supervisors: Peter Liu, MD and Louise Sun, MD

  Project title: Trans-Atlantic biomarker collaboratory for acute heart failure/shock prognosis and therapy 

Vered-Beanlands Research Fellowship

  • Trevor Simard, MD, Fellow in Interventional Cardiology

  Supervisor: Benjamin Hibbert, MD, PhD

  Project title: Adenosine is a mediator of vascular healing after coronary intervention

Drs. Hyman & Sylvia (van Straten) Kaufman and Dr. Kwan-Leung Chan Fellowship in Cardiac Imaging

  • Christina Wiefels, MD, Fellow in Cardiac Imaging                                                          

  Supervisor: Rob Beanlands, MD

  Project title: Alternative imaging modalities in ischemic heart failure


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.

  • Veronika Sedlakova, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

  Supervisors: Erik Suuronen, PhD and Emilio Alarcon, PhD

  Project title: Elucidating mechanisms underlying recombinant human collagen therapy for myocardial infarction


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. This year, the Fellowship is being shared by two recipients.

  • Tasuku Terada, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

  Supervisor: Jennifer Reed, PhD

  Project title: Examining the roles of high-intensity interval training on glucose variability and atrial fibrillation symptomatology: A novel approach for patients with atrial fibrillation and diabetes? 

  • Karen Bouchard, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

  Supervisor: Heather Tulloch, PhD

  Project title: Caring for Caregivers: The impact of a relationship-education program on cardiac caregivers’ wellbeing


These awards provide stipends for a two-year term to postdoctoral fellow(s) and up to a two-year term for graduate student(s) based at the Heart Institute and registered with the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine.

  • Adil Rasheed, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

  Supervisor: Katey Rayner, PhD

  Project title: Uncovering the role of the Mixed Lineage Kinase Domain-like Protein (MLKL) in restricting the contributions of splenic hematopoiesis to atherosclerosis

  • Yena Oh, MSc, PhD candidate

  Supervisor: Han Kim, PhD

  Project title: Regulatory functions of Irx3 in postnatal ventricular conduction system development

  • Jerry Wang, BSc, MSc candidate

  Supervisors: Wenbin Liang, MD, PhD and Rob Beanlands, MD

  Project title: Role of Wnt signaling in cardiac arrhythmias

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