Minister of Health Announces $2.9 Million for Heart Institute Researchers

February 8, 2017
The Minister of Health standing at a podium, in front of a crowd in an auditorium

February is Heart Month, and the federal Minister of Health, the Honourable Jane Philpott, chose to kick it off by coming to the Ottawa Heart Institute to announce $2.9 million in funding for five of its researchers. Heart disease is the second-leading cause of death in Canada. This funding, through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, supports projects to find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat heart disease.

“We have five world-class research teams that we are supporting today, emphasizing the kind of research that is done at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute,” said Minister Philpott. She went on to say, “As Canadians, we need to be proud of and support these talented individuals who are committed to excellence, who are committed to asking the big questions and finding the cutting edge solutions.”

The funded researchers are studying various forms of heart disease:

Anita Vandenbeld, MP for Ottawa West-Nepean, helped to draw the connection between research funding and the lives it touches when she shared her own personal story. 

“Everybody in our community, in our city, our country knows [the University of Ottawa Heart Institute] is world class and the cutting edge research that is done here impacts so many people,” she began. 

Then she told the audience, “Just over a month ago, my husband was an inpatient here… For every one of those dollars, there is a name, there is a face, there’s somebody’s loved one. In my case, that name is my husband Don. The research that is going to be funded could very well be the research that will mean my husband will never have to be admitted here again.”

Commenting on the announcement, Peter Liu, MD, Chief Scientific Officer and Vice President of Research, said, “Today's funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research is truly a shot in the arm for Canada’s health innovation during this critical time. It is also timely and enabling for the world-class, life-changing research at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, and a testament to the hard work from our research teams in seeking solutions to eradicate heart disease."