Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


June 2016:

The Cardiac Sciences Program held its 14th annual Research Symposium on June 1.

Dr. Sam Lichtenstein, Head of the Division of Cardiac Surgery at UBC was our guest lecturer. We had a full slate of research presentations, including 17 ePoster presentations and 11 oral presentations.

At the end of the day, awards were distributed at a dinner generously sponsored by the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation.

Read all about the day HERE.


May 2016:

Dr. Pallav Shah has received financial assistance in the amount of $50,000 from the provincial Commercialization Support for Business (CSB) Program, to support his development of aortic annular support technology. Additional support will be provided by the National Research Council of Canada, through its Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP).

The team of Emily Phillips, Lorraine Avery, Christina Kuttnig, Andrea Szwajcer, Cheryl Swanson, and Jo-Ann Sawatzky was successful in their application to the St. Boniface Hospital Nursing Research Endowment Fund for their evidence informed project entitled “The Measurement and Assessment of Vital Signs: A Guide to Nursing Decision Making.” The primary purpose of this project is to establish an evidence-based clinical approach to vital signs standards for patients presenting with an acute coronary syndrome.

April 2016:

Dr. William McIntyre was awarded a 2-year, $120,000 research award from the Canadian Stroke Prevention Network (C-SPIN). He will hold this award during his fellowship at McMaster University in Hamilton, which will begin July 1, 2016.

March 2016:

Dr. Amir Ravandi has received support for his research on blood analysis (looking at oxidized fats as markers to predict heart attach) from the Conrad & Evelyn Wyrzykowski Fund, through the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation.

February 2016:

Congratulations to: Lorraine J. Avery, Andrea Szwajcer, Shelley Zieroth, Bev Temple, Jo-Ann V. Sawatzky for their recent publication entitled: Caregiver experiences of providing care to adult individuals living with a left ventricular assist device: a qualitative systematic review protocol. Published in: JBISRIR Vol 14, No. 1 (2016) pp 44-54. Take a look at the publication here:


January 2016:

Dr. Karen Chu, Cardiology resident, has had an abstract accepted and is one of 6 finalists from across Canada who will be presenting at the Arrhythmia Update Plus 2016 later this month in Whistler, B.C. Her case is titled "An Unusual Presentation of Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia."


December 2015:

Drs. Lorraine Avery, Shelley Zieroth, Jo-Ann Sawatzky and Bev Temple, and Ms. Andrea Szwajcer were recipients of the Canadian Council of Cardiovascular Nurses Research Grant competition. The title of their submission was "The impact of caring on informal caregivers/support persons of individuals living with a ventricular assist device: A qualitative systematic review protocol."

Now that winter is again upon us, be reminded of the risk the cold weather presents…watch this Weather Network video clip starring our own Dr. Shuangbo Lui and Dr. James Tam.


November 2015:

Dr. William McIntyre (Cardiology resident) won the CCS-Bayer Resident Vascular Award at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress. His proposal to investigate Atrial Fibrillation Occurring Transiently With Stress (AFOTS) was awarded first prize by both the judging panel and by the audience. He received a $30,000 research grant to complete his work.


September 2015:

The findings of a study that established a link between outdoor temperature and the risk of STEMI, the most severe form of heart attack, were presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress in London by Dr. Shuangbo Liu. Follow this link to see the local coverage:


August 2015:

The results of an audit done on 5A Cardiology regarding venous thromboembolism prophylaxis is "in press".

Follow this link for the online version:


July 2015:

Dr. Bill McIntyre and Dr. Colette Seifer presented on a poster summarizing their review of 74 patients who had generator change after primary-prevention ICD implant. This poster was presented at the European Heart Rhythm Association EUROPACE - CARDIOSTIM 2015 conference in June in Milan, Italy. The results of their review have added to the conversation about the indications for generator change procedures, having been highlighted in a Commentary by Dr. John Mandrola on For more information, follow this link:

Dr. Bill McIntyre, Chief Cardiology resident, has won the Research Manitoba Award for Excellence in Resident/Post-Doctoral Research in the Manitoba Health Research Poster competition. This award will provide support for his attendance at a national or international scientific meeting in the upcoming year.

Dr. Davinder Jassal has been awarded a CancerCare Manitoba operating grant entitled, "The art of preventing broken hearts in colorectal and renal cell cancer." This prolific researcher has also received a Research Manitoba Mid-career operating grant entitled, "Cardio-Oncology: the prophylactic role of renin-angiotensin system antagonism in the prevention of Avastin and Sutent mediated cardiotoxicity." These two-year grants are worth a total of $300,000.

May 2015:

On May 13th, 2015, The Samuel N. Cohen Auditorium was the site of the Thirteenth Annual Cardiac Sciences Research Symposium.

Read all about the day HERE.

September 2014:

Congratulations to Dr. Arora – his research has been highlighted and will be featured in print and video on on Saturday, September 6th discussing: Understanding Delirium

May 2014:  

On May 14th, 2014, The Samuel N. Cohen Auditorium was the site of the Twelfth Annual Cardiac Sciences Research Symposium.

Read all about the day HERE.


February 2014:



Congratulations to Dr. Davinder Jassal on his teaching award presented at the the fourth annual Teacher Recognition dinner held January 29th.


Read the full article at the SBRC website HERE.


May 2013:

Photo © Simon Fuller, WFP

Researcher getting to the heart of matter


St. Boniface General Hospital Cardiologist lands MMSF grant for research

Getting to the heart of the matter is driving the research of a leading locally-based cardiologist who recently received a $20,000 research grant.

Dr. Amir Ravandi, an interventional cardiologist at St. Boniface General Hospital, was recently named among 18 recipients from the Manitoba Medical Service Foundation’s 2012 Competition for Funds.

Read the rest of the article in the Winnipeg Free Press issue of the Lance HERE.





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