TORONTO, Ont.–The Heart and Stroke Foundation and Canadian Pacific (CP) are proud to announce the 2015 CP Has Heart Cardiovascular Award recipients – 10 Canadian cardiovascular research projects that will receive funding because of a partnership between the Foundation and CP. This partnership, announced in May 2015, aims to move move cardiovascular research forward in Canada, at a time when research funding from traditional sources has been on the decline, said a release.
Through its CP Has Heart community investment program, CP committed $3 million over three years to support cardiovascular research with a focus on multi-generational health. The research projects announced cover topics as diverse as preventing heart damage from viral infections, personalizing treatments for a genetic disorder that can prove fatal for Canadians under 30, and examining the impact of fertility drugs on the heart health of women.
“This is the first time in the history of the Heart and Stroke Foundation that a corporate partner has made such a forward-thinking investment in Canadian cardiovascular research,” says David Sculthorpe, CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. “CP’s generous support will propel medical advances by the Canadian cardiovascular community to create longer, healthier futures for families from coast to coast.”
“The focus of our CP Has Heart program is to improve the heart health of men, women and children across North America, particularly in those communities in which our railroad operates,” said Mark Wallace, VP Corporate Affairs and Chief of Staff. “Our partnership with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and the CP Has Heart Cardiovascular Awards, means the best minds in cardiology in Canada can continue to transform lives and help create healthier communities today and for the future.”
The award recipients were selected through the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s gold standard peer review process. In 2015, 454 grant applications were received by the Foundation and peer reviewed by 150 volunteer experts. The CP Has Heart Cardiovascular award recipients represent cardiovascular research excellence in Canada.