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The University of Manitoba’s Senate Committee on University Research (SCUR) recently recommended and approved a motion to renew the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences for a five-year term.  The renewal comes after the completion of a periodic review of the Institute’s strategic goals and outcomes.

Dr. Lorrie Kirshenbaum, Director of the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences noted the importance of the Senate Committee’s motion to renew the term to the end of 2024, “I am thrilled by the renewal of our institute status,” he said.  

“This is invaluable to our institution to have the confidence of the Senate Committee and the encouragement to continue fulfilling our mandate to promote cardiovascular education at the local, national and international levels,” he added. “I want to thank all the members of the institute of cardiovascular sciences, support staff and trainees as well as University of Manitoba and St. Boniface Hospital Research Foundation for their commitment and  leadership.” 

Dr. Grant Pierce, Executive Director of St. Boniface Hospital Albrechtsen Research Centre and home to ICS, said the renewal speaks volumes about the Institution’s reach and body of work since it was founded by Dr. Naranjan Dhalla in 1987 as the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences.

“We achieved Institute status in 1998 and throughout our entire history we have been focused on actively fostering innovative research collaborations locally, nationally and internationally. ICS is recognized as a leading cardiovascular research centre on a global scale and we are excited about the future,” he said.

The Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences offers multidisciplinary research programs to understand the pathophysiology and therapy of cardiovascular disease, providing state-of-the-art education and training to undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and visiting scientists

“We are continually seeking new opportunities for  research collaborations between basic and clinical cardiovascular scientists, while also recruiting new talent through our national and international networks and affiliations,” Dr. Kirshenbaum explained.

Recognition is also vitally important to the work undertaken by Researchers and their staff working in the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences.

The 21st Annual Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences Naranjan Dhalla Cardiovascular Awards Scientific Symposium, held this year on October 17 & 18, is an annual event featuring an impressive line-up of visiting speakers and recipients, as well as student work and achievements that are unprecedented for an institution of this size. To view the 2019 award winners, click here.