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The Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences at St. Boniface Hospital Research and in partnership with the University of Manitoba, held its 21st Annual Naranjan Dhalla Cardiovascular Sciences Awards Day on October 18th. The gala awards event is highly anticipated each year as a way to celebrate excellence in cardiovascular research and recognize twelve outstanding recipients for their contributions and success in research, medicine and support services.

“Our mission here at the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences is to develop and maintain a center of excellence in cardiovascular research and training in Winnipeg. We are proud of our multidisciplinary research programs that provide state-of-the-art education to undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and visiting scientists,” said ICS Director, Dr. Lorrie Kirshenbaum.

Dr. Grant Pierce, Executive Director of St. Boniface Hospital Research expressed his appreciation and pride for the Institute’s worldwide reputation as being pivotal to putting Winnipeg on the map when it comes to cardiovascular research. “We are unique in the sense that we offer research collaborations between basic and clinical cardiovascular scientists, at the Hospital renowned in Manitoba for its outstanding cardiac care. There isn’t a better training ground than right here,” Dr. Pierce exclaimed, “Congratulations to this year’s very deserving winners.”

The Naranjan Dhalla Cardiovascular Sciences Awards are named in honour of Manitoba’s most iconic scientific research leaders: Dr. R.E. Beamish, Mr. Ken Bowman, Dr. John Foerster, Dr. Vincenzo Panagia, Mr. Jack Litvak*, Dr. Arnold Naimark, Dr. Henry Friesen, Sr. Jacqueline St-Yves, Mr. Ken Dhalla, Dr. James McGoey and Dr. T. Edward Cuddy.

*With sadness, we acknowledge the passing of Mr. Jack Litvak on October 13, 2019.