Ottawa Cardiovascular Research Day 2022


  • Date: May 26 and 27, 2022

The Ottawa Cardiovascular Research Day will celebrate the region’s research excellence through moderated oral presentations and poster sessions. It is an excellent venue for trainees to showcase their outstanding projects, hone their presentation skills, and network with faculty and colleagues.

This event is open to all cardiovascular research trainees in the Ottawa region.

Research Day Program Guide

View the 2022 Research Day Program Guide (PDF)

Keynote Speaker

We are very pleased to host Dr. Cristen Willer as the event’s keynote speaker.

Join us on May 27, 2022, 1 to 2 p.m. (EST)

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Event prizes recognize the best oral presentations and posters, and includes:

Ottawa Cardiovascular Region Trainee of the Year

Congratulations to Richard Jung, PhD, MD Candidate, who was selected as the 2022 Ottawa Region’s Cardiovascular Research Trainee of the Year! Dr. Jung is recognized for his exceptional productivity in research and outstanding leadership in the community.

Join us on May 26, 2022 from 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. (EST) for Dr. Jung's 2022 Trainee of the Year Lecture.

Innovation Award Winner

For the most "innovative" abstract.

Presentation Prizes:

  • Innovation Award

    Winner: Yena Oh, PhD Candidate (Supervisor: Kyoung-Han Kim, PhD)
    Title: Genetic Blueprint of the Heart’s Electrical Network

    Honourable Mentions:

    • Sandrine Parent, MSc, Laboratory Technician (Supervisor: Darryl Davis, MD)
      Title: Can Exosomes Prevent Life-Threatening Heart Rhythm Disorders After Open-Heart Surgery?

    • Aidan Macadam, MSc Candidate, (Supervisor: Emilio Alarcón, PhD) 
      Title: Can Green Light Help Replace Stitches in Open-Heart Surgery?

  • Honourable Mention for a Basic Science Poster: Anh Thu Dang, PhD Candidate (Supervisor: Ruth McPherson, MD)
    Title: CARS2 Expression Associates with CAD Protection: Potential Role of the IL10 Pathway
  • Best Basic Science Poster: Lara Gharibeh, PhD, Translational Research Fellow (Supervisors: Mireille Ouimet, PhD, Rob Beanlands, MD & Juan Grau, MD)
    Title: The Arterial Biology Protecting Against Atherosclerosis
    Honourable Mention for a Clinical Science Poster: Amy Johnston, PhD Candidate (Supervisors: Jodi Edwards, PhD & Thais Coutinho, MD)
    Title: Use of Race, Ethnicity, and National Origin in Studies Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Women with a History of Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy
  • Best Clinical Science Poster: Amelie Paquin, MD, Clinical Fellow (Supervisor: Thais Coutinho, MD) 
    Title: Arterial Health Abnormalities in Women with Pre-eclampsia - Contributing Role of Central Obesity
  • (TIE) Dr. Yves Marcel Award for Best Basic Science Oral Presentation: Natasha Trzaskalski, PhD Candidate (Supervisor: Erin Mulvihill, PhD)
    Title: Genetically eliminating hepatocyte-derived DPP4 does not alter diastolic function, but downregulates cardiac immune- and collagen-related genes
  • (TIE) Dr. Yves Marcel Award for Best Basic Science Oral Presentation: Tyler Smith, PhD Candidate
    (Supervisor: Morgan Fullerton, PhD)
    Title: Immune-dependent AMPK signaling to HMG-CoA reductase protects against atherosclerosis
  • Honourable Mention for a Clinical Science Oral Presentation: Kevin Boczar, MD, Cardiology Resident (Supervisor: Rob Beanlands, MD)
    Title: Anti-Inflammatory effect of biologic therapy in patients with psoriatic disease: A Prospective Cohort FDG-PET Study
  • Polk Award for the Best Clinical Science Oral Presentation: Yuchen Dai, MD Candidate (Supervisor: Rob Beanlands, MD)
    Title: Accelerated tracer washout in regions of sympathetic denervation in patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy using flubrobenguane positron emission tomography imaging
  • Best Poster Swap Award
    Natasha Trzaskalski, PhD Candidate  (Supervisor: Erin Mulvihill, PhD)  
    Title: Genetically Eliminating Hepatocyte-derived DPP4 Does Not Alter Diastolic Function, but Downregulates Cardiac Immune- and Collagen-related Genes
    Dylan Malenfant, PhD Candidate (Supervisor: Glenn Wells, PhD)
    Title: Data-driven Respiratory Motion Correction of Myocardial Perfusion SPECT Using a Convolutional Neural Network

Event Highlights:

  • Keynote lecture by Cristen Willer, PhD, Professor, Departments of Internal Medicine, Human Genetics & Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, University of Michigan Medical School
  • Ottawa Region Trainee of the Year Lecture and other trainee awards
  • Oral presentations and moderated poster sessions