About the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences
The Institute is home to the Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, the journal Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences, its journal Experimental & Clinical Cardiology, and official bulletin, CV Network.
Additionally, the Institute has a close partnership with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s Cardiac Sciences Program, which includes Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery, Cardiac Anesthesia, Cardiac Critical Care and Cardiac Rehabilitation, the majority of which is based at St-Boniface Hospital – further evidence of our commitment to translate discoveries into advanced technologies and new treatments.
The ICS is widely considered one of the premiere cardiovascular research teams in North America, and continues its efforts to promote cardiovascular education at the local, national and international levels.
Founded as the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences in 1987 by world-renowned cardiac reseacher Dr. Naranjan Dhalla, the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences is currently comprised of 15 investigators with faculty appointments in different departments of the University of Manitoba and has a full time research staff in excess of 100 individuals. The Institute has been very active in fostering research collaborations at the local, national and international levels. The base appointments, as well as research collaborations by the Members of the Institute span several departments including Physiology, Internal Medicine, Human Anatomy and Cell Science, Biochemistry and Medical Genetics, Pharmacology, Kinesiology and Recreation Management and Human and Nutritional Sciences within the University of Manitoba. Several members have active collaborations with the Cardiac Sciences Program of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority located on the St-Boniface Campus Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. The Institute has developed to a point where it is viewed as the leading research centre in cardiovascular sciences, on the national and international scene.
The mission of the Institute has been to develop and maintain a centre of excellence in research and training in cardiovascular sciences in Winnipeg. The principal objectives are to: (i) Develop multidisciplinary research programs to understand the pathophysiology and therapy of different cardiovascular diseases; (ii) Provide state-of-the-art education and training to undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and visiting scientists; (iii) Encourage research collaborations between basic and clinical cardiovascular scientists; (iv) Promote the formation of national and international network for collaboration in cardiovascular research; (v) Promote partnership with governmental, private and corporate sectors for cardiovascular research; and (vi) Serve as a valuable source of information for practicing cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons as well as the community at large.
Over time, we have developed a very high quality training program, comprised of bench research, coursework (availability of several graduate level courses introduced and taught by members of the Institute), participation by students in conferences, an active seminar program and a very busy journal club program. We encourage our trainees (postdoctoral fellows, graduate students) to attend and present in national and international conferences. The Institute provides small travel grants to trainees to facilitate their participation and networking at the scientific meetings.
The editorial offices of the international journal, Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, as well as of the national journal, Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology are housed within the Institute. The Head Office of the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences, with subsections all over the world, is also located within the Institute. Members have been very active in the local electronic and print media to stay in touch with the community and have university presence within the citizenry. Our “Public Outreach Program” not only provides valuable exposure of heart research to school students and the general public, it also increases the visibility of the Institute, as well as its activities. The Institute also initiated a Cardiovascular Awards Program by setting up twelve different endowments to recognize and celebrate the achievements of different individuals in the field of cardiovascular sciences.