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Research summary

We are interested in the role that dietary flaxseed may play in providing significant health benefits on recovery from a heart attack and potentially in cancer therapy. We are also continuing to study the role of oxidized phospholipids in cardiovascular diseases like cardiac ischemia/reperfusion injury. Finally, we are pursuing the role of infectious agents like Chlamydia pneumonia in promoting atherosclerosis and, by extension, the development of new antibiotics with the potential to treat multiple bacterial conditions including those related to gingivitis, periodontitis, Chlamydia trachomatis, Chlamydia pneumoniae, Legionnaire’s disease and gonorrhea.

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Biography

Dr. Pierce is a distinguished professor at the University of Manitoba in the department of physiology and pathophysiology. He has published over 225 peer reviewed research manuscripts and eight textbooks on topics in medicine and health. Most recently he served as the executive director of research at St. Boniface Hospital from 2005 to 2020. He also chaired the executive scientific review committee for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada where he oversaw all peer review for three years. Dr. Pierce was editor-in-chief of the Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology from 2003-2016. He served as president of the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences North American Section from 2014 to 2018. He received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to Canada, the 2016 Research Canada Leadership Award and is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the highest distinction for a scientist in Canada. He was also awarded the Order of Manitoba, the highest distinction for a citizen of Manitoba in 2018, and made a distinguished professor of UM the same year.

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Awards

  • Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cuban Society of Cardiology, Havana, Cuba (2018)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award in Cardiovascular Science, Medicine and Surgery from the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences (2018)
  • Order of Manitoba (2018)
  • Research Canada Leadership Award (2016) 
  • Makato Nagano Award for Distinguished Achievements in Cardiovascular Education from the European Section Meeting of the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences, Marseille, France (2016)
  • Suresh K. Gupta Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Sciences from the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences India Section, Anand, India (2016)
  • Laufberger Medal from the Czech Physiological Society and the Czech Medical Society in Recognition of Scientific Excellence and Contributions to the Enhancement of International Scientific Collaborations (2015)
  • Bohuslav Ostadal Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Sciences, European Section Meeting of the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences, Balatongyoruk, Hungary (2014)
  • Plaque of Merit in Recognition of Research Excellence and Support of Slovak Young Scientists Education, from the Slovak Medical University and the Institute for Heart Research, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia (2014)    
  • Medal of the Serbian Physiological Society for “Lifetime Achievements and Contributions in Physiology”, Belgrade, Serbia (2014)
  • Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (2013)
  • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Government of Canada (2013)
  • Medal of Honour for Scientific Achievement from the University of Medical Sciences in Holguin, Cuba (2011)
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Medicine, London, England (2010)
  • Jan Jessenius Gold Medal in Medical Sciences from the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia in recognition of outstanding international achievement in the field of medical research (2010)
  • Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (2007)

Contact us

Physiology and Pathophysiology
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745 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0J9 Canada

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