University of Calgary

University of Calgary

September 26, 2013 14:30 ET

Heart and Stroke commits $25 million in funding to University of Calgary

University of Calgary part of Heart and Stroke Foundation's new network of Canada's leading research centres

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Sept. 26, 2013) - As one of 19 university and hospital partners across Canada conducting leading heart and stroke research, the University of Calgary will receive a minimum of $25 million for research projects over the next 10 years. This is part of the $300-million funding announcement made by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada in June.

"The University of Calgary is honoured to be among this esteemed group chosen to be part of the Heart and Stroke Foundation Research Leadership Circle," says Elizabeth Cannon, president of the University of Calgary. "The Heart and Stroke Foundation's long-term funding commitment benefits our research through a greater ability to plan our programming, to recruit and retain expertise, and to collaborate on research that contributes to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease and stroke."

"We are delighted to enhance our partnership with Heart and Stroke," says Dr. Todd Anderson, a clinician-researcher at the University of Calgary and director of the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta. "Research support from the Foundation will enable University of Calgary researchers and our collaborators across the country to make even greater contributions to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease and stroke."

Dr. Todd Anderson is one of many scientists at the university who has been funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation. His current research interests are in the evaluation and treatment of endothelial dysfunction in humans. Endothelial dysfunction is a condition in which the inner lining of blood vessels does not function normally and can lead to serious conditions such as heart attacks.

The University of Calgary is a leader in both stroke and cardiovascular research. In the past, funding from the Heart and Stroke Foundation has supported researchers at the University's Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta, Hotchkiss Brain Institute, department of Cardiac Sciences and Clinical Neurosciences and the Calgary Stroke program.

Every seven minutes someone dies from heart disease and stroke. That's nearly 69,000 people annually. These diseases are also a major drain on the Canadian economy, resulting in spending of more than $20.9 billion annually in physician services, hospital costs, lost wages and decreased productivity.

"Simply put, there's an urgent need to save more lives faster and that's why the Foundation has brought together the Research Leadership Circle," said David Sculthorpe, CEO, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. "This $300-million commitment will allow our partners an unprecedented ability to plan major research projects, foster greater collaboration and attract even more of the world's best researchers within and outside of Canada to fight these insidious diseases."

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is a leading Canadian university located in the nation's most enterprising city. The university has a clear strategic direction to become one of Canada's top five research universities by 2016, where research and innovative teaching go hand in hand, and where we fully engage the communities we both serve and lead. This strategy is called Eyes High, inspired by the university's Gaelic motto, which translates as 'I will lift up my eyes.'

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About The Hotchkiss Brain Institute

The Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI), consists of more than 100 clinicians and scientists who are dedicated to advancing neurological and mental health research and education. The institute's research strengths in foundational neuroscience (axon biology and regeneration, cerebral circulation, neural systems and behaviour) are leading to new treatments for neurological and psychiatric disorders, aimed at improving quality of life and patient care.

About the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta

The Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta co-ordinates cardiovascular science research, education and patient care as an entity of both Alberta Health Services (Calgary) and the University of Calgary. It provides education and training of healthcare professionals and offers world-class treatment using new technologies and access to cardiac services. There are more than 150 basic research, clinicians and clinical research members who serve two million people in southern Alberta, Saskatchewan and eastern British Columbia. The institute is committed to developing outstanding cardiovascular health promotion and disease prevention programs by translating innovative research into novel healthcare solutions.

About the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada

The Heart and Stroke Foundation's mission is to prevent disease, save lives and promote recovery. A volunteer-based health charity, we strive to tangibly improve the health of every Canadian family, every day. 'Healthy lives free of heart disease and stroke. Together we will make it happen'.

About the Calgary Stroke Program

The Calgary Stroke Program is internationally renowned for its leadership in stroke treatment and research. Within the Department of Clinical Neurosciences in Calgary, Alberta Health Services, and the University of Calgary, our Program works alongside other departments to provide quality acute, rehabilitative, and preventative care to people with stroke and their families. Through collaborations with our regional, provincial, national and international partners, we are striving to advance stroke care in Alberta and beyond.

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