Two surgeons in the Section of Cardiac Surgery have basic science laboratories, as well a very rich database with over 12 000 patients available for outcomes research. The cardiac surgery program is continually approached by industry to participate in clinical trials. The Section of Cardiac Surgery is also developing a group to generate novel, peer-reviewed, randomized, clinical trials (the Cardiac Health Research in Manitoba, or CRHM, Investigator Group).
During the course of the their training, resident trainees are expected to pursue at least one year of academic enrichment outside of clinical service.
• Basic Science
Two dedicated basic science laboratories are situated at at the St. Boniface Research Centre, under the direction of. Dr. Arora. We have formal collaboration with the NRC, with specialization in novel cardiac imaging.
We have dedicated office and clinic space on the 3rd floor of the Asper Institute. Two clinical research nurses and support staff facilitate industry-sponsored and peer-reviewed funding clinical trials. This allows for an outstanding infrastructure for resident trainees to participate in and develop clinical trial investigations.
Over the past 12 years, we have collected data on patients undergoing cardiac surgery in Manitoba. With information on nearly 13 000 patients, we have one of the largest and most complete databases in Canada. More importantly, we are establishing a link with the Manitoba Centre of Health Policy that will allow trainees to study truly novel hypotheses for Manitobans, as well as for those with cardiac disease worldwide.