Innovation Clusters

PipettesTo deliver on the ORACLE strategic plan priority themes, Innovation Clusters have been created. An Innovation Cluster is defined as the convergence of people and technology of diverse origins that together function as a new unit to solve a major research question. This lateral connectivity creates innovation and leveraging opportunities to maximize research impact. An Innovation Cluster is the foundation of and has the potential to grow into a Centre of Excellence.

Our Innovation Clusters are working on a number of pilot projects that are addressing major gaps and unmet needs in the knowledge base that can potentially transform the field. A list of eight Innovation Clusters is provided below. Modest seed funds are provided by the Heart Institute to assist the Clusters with these pilot projects, through a competitive process.

For more information and to get involved, please contact the lead investigators. 

Atrial Fibrillation Research Group

Lead: David Birnie, MD, University of Ottawa Heart Institute

Behavioural and Environmental Interventions for Personal and Community Cardiovascular Health

Lead: Bob Reid, PhD, University of Ottawa Heart Institute; Co-Lead: Doug Manuel, MD, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Cardiovascular Percutaneous Intervention Trial (CAPITAL) 

Lead: Derek So, MD, University of Ottawa Heart Institute

Heart Failure
Lead: Lisa Mielniczuk, MD, University of Ottawa Heart Institute; Co-Lead: Balwant Tuana, PhD, University of Ottawa and University of Ottawa Heart Institute

Non-invasive Cardiovascular Imaging Research Consortium (CIRC)

Lead: Benjamin Chow, MD; Co-Leads: Girish Dwivedi, MD, PhD, and Rob deKemp, PhD, University of Ottawa Heart Institute

Personalized INNovative peri/operAtive Care and Long-Term outcomes rEsearch (PINNACLE)

Lead: Marc Ruel, MD, University of Ottawa Heart Institute; Co-Leads: Munir Boodhwani, MD; Vincent Chan, MD; David Glineur, MD, PhD; Bernard McDonald, MD, PhD;  Louise Sun, MD; Diem Tran, MD, University of Ottawa Heart Institute.

Transplant and Pumps (TAPS)

Lead: Sharon Chih, MD, PhD, University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Co-leads: Todd Fairhead, MD, The Ottawa Hospital; Rob Beanlands, MD, University of Ottawa Heart Institute

Vascular Inflammation and Metabolism: From Bedside to Bench and Back

Lead: Katey Rayner, PhD; Co-Lead: Ruth McPherson, MD, PhD, University of Ottawa Heart Institute 

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