|Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba presents grant funding and awards to local research|
June 22, 2011
For Immediate Release
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba presents grant funding and awards to local research
WINNIPEG - On June 22, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba (HSFM) will present cheques to Manitoba's top heart disease and stroke researchers at its annual research reception.
The University of Manitoba (U of M) will be presented with a cheque for $680,000 in support of 14 researchers focused on leading-edge heart disease and stroke research.
“Our vision is to lead Manitobans to a future free of heart disease and stroke, and we are proud to have some of the highest ranked researchers in Canada located in our province,” says Debbie Brown, President and CEO for HSFM.
Also at the reception, two $10,000 awards will be presented. Dr. Marc Del Bigio, an HSFM funded researcher focused on stroke in children born prematurely, will receive the R.E. Beamish Memorial Award, an award presented to the researcher with the highest provincial rating for the year. Dr. Thang Nguyen, Chief Resident of the Adult Cardiology Program at the U of M, will be presented with the sanofi-aventis / Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba Award in Cardiology.
The Foundation is also committing an additional 20 per cent of its annual research budget toward funding primary prevention research initiatives in the province. Primary prevention research works at reducing the prevalence of risk factors, such as smoking, physical inactivity, unhealthy eating and obesity, which contribute to the onset of chronic diseases like heart disease and stroke.
“Thanks to this new avenue for our research dollars, the Foundation has been able to fund some exciting projects which support our mission, which is to eliminate heart disease and stroke in Manitoba,” says Brown.
With these research dollars, HSFM has been able to support a number of new initiatives including the Manitoba Youth Health Survey, which found heart disease and stroke to be an increasing threat to our younger population. We led the development of an extensive report titled Making the Case for Primary Prevention: An Economic Analysis of Risk Factors in Manitoba. This report provides comprehensive data on the long-term economic costs of risk factors for heart disease, stroke, and other major chronic diseases and the potential economic benefit in reducing these risk factors in Manitoba.
Each year, HSFM also contributes funds to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC) Federation Research Fund and the Personnel Awards, as well as to students at Red River College and to the Bachelor of Science in Medicine reward at the U of M.
Media are invited to attend the cheque presentation, taking place at 6 p.m. on June 22 at Canad Inns Destination Centre – Fort Garry, 1824 Pembina Highway in Winnipeg. Debbie Brown and various researchers and board members will be available for interviews following the formal presentation.
HSFM provided $1.4 million in funding toward heart disease and stroke research both locally and across the country last year.
Read summaries on the 14 U of M researchers and profiles on this year's sanofi-aventis and R.E. Beamish Memorial award winners.
To learn more about HSFM’s research grant recipients and their current projects, please visit heartandstroke.mb.ca.
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For more information please contact:
Tammy Witko, Communications Manager
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba
Phone: (204) 949.2023 / Toll-free: 1.888.473.4636 / Cell: (204) 799-7337
The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, a volunteer-based health charity, leads in eliminating heart disease and stroke and reducing their impact through the advancement of research and its application, the promotion of healthy living and advocacy.