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The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba today announced $680,000 in funding to support 15 University of Manitoba researchers focused on cutting-edge heart disease and stroke research. 9 researchers based at St. Boniface will receive $409,250 (60%) of the funding.

“From the development of the pacemaker to clot-busting drugs that reverse the effects of stroke, HSFM is investing in research that saves lives,” says Debbie Brown, President and CEO for HSFM. “Our vision is to lead Manitobans to a future free of heart disease and stroke, and we are proud to say that Manitoba’s researchers are ranked among the highest in Canada”.

“The centre for heart research in Manitoba is located at St Boniface Hospital,” says Dr Grant Pierce, Executive Director of Research for the Hospital. “It comes as no surprise, therefore, that the HSFM has invested heavily here. This funding from the HSFM is critical to advance our knowledge of the mechanisms responsible for the leading cause of death today: heart disease and stroke. Thank you HSFM!”

On May 20, 2010, HSFM will be holding its annual research reception, where another outstanding St. Boniface researcher will be presented with a special award. Click here for more information.