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Congratulations to Dr. Peter Zahradka, the 2023 Ronald Duhamel Innovation Fund Award winner. Honouring the late St. Boniface Member of Parliament and Senator Ronald Duhamel, this annual award was established by St. Boniface Hospital Foundation in 2004, and supports leadership in the advancement of health care for Manitobans.

Dr. Zahradka is recognized for his clinical trials on foods and plant-based compounds to directly impact disease, and to advance treatments and care. As the first team leader for the Canadian Centre for Agri-Food Research in Health and Medicine (CCARM), he set the vision for conducting clinical trials on foods to the same standards as we do pharmaceuticals.  

His research primarily revolves around the molecular and cellular mechanisms that affect blood vessels. This work is crucial in understanding how diseases like obesity and diabetes impact vascular health, with Zahradka’s research showing that changes in diet can significantly improve the health of blood vessels. This is particularly important for treating diseases associated with obesity, such as atherosclerosis and metabolic syndrome. His findings support the development of new dietary treatments to enhance human health.

(pictured above is Dr. Zahradka accepting his award from Karen Fowler, CEO of St. Boniface Hospital Foundation).

Congratulations again on this coveted recognition.