Welcome to 

Cardiovascular Research Day

There is no cost, all undergraduate, graduate students & faculty are welcome!
Please email  [email protected]  to RSVP

The Centre for Cardiovascular Investigations (CCVI) and the Southern Ontario Cardiovascular Research Association (SOCRA) are pleased to announce our inaugural Cardiovascular Research Day to be held on October 11, 2018.​​

The Centre for Cardiovascular Investigations (CCVI) at the University of Guelph is a collaborative venture between laboratories in the Ontario Veterinary College, College of Biological Sciences and Human Health & Nutritional Sciences. With broad interests that span the spectrum of cardiovascular medicine and science, our goal is to understand the mechanisms behind heart disease and to develop new therapies for the treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Our Centre uses leading-edge approaches, innovation, and infrastructure to investigate cardiovascular disease, and train the next generation of Scientists. Interactions between investigators in basic science and translational medicine provides a unique environment and opportunities to investigate cardiovascular disease in experimental and naturally occurring models. Our integrative capabilities for cardiovascular investigations span from molecular to physiologic and pharmacologic platforms. Our goal is to attract and train the brightest individuals, to develop new understandings of cardiovascular disease, and generate new therapeutic strategies to benefit the health of Canadians.

Our distinguished scientist speakers are experts from across Canada and we will have outstanding opportunities for faculty and students to network and exchange ideas in a friendly and scientific environment.
We are honored to welcome you to Cardiovascular Research Day.

Start: 12:00 pm

Oct ​11, 2018

PAHL, Room 1800​

Invited Speakers

We are pleased to introduce our invited speakers:
Dr. Peter Backx, DVM, PhD 
Canada Research Chair in Cardiovascular Biology,
Professor in Department of Biology at York University,
Senior Scientist UHN Cardiology Toronto
“Adverse atrial remodeling associated with intense exercise: understanding mechanisms of atrial fibrillation in heart disease”
 Dr. Sarah Childs, PhD
Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology & Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute, University of Calgary

"Mural cells in vascular development"
Dr. Balwant Tuana, PhD
Professor (Pharmacology),
Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of Ottawa. PI, Co-lead, Heart Failure Cluster, Ottawa Heart Institute

“Cell Cycle Dynamics in the Growth and Death of Myocardium”
Dr. Robert Gros, PhD
Scientist, Robarts Research Institute,
Associate Professor in Physiology & Pharmacology at Western University, Director of the Laboratory for Cardiovascular & Metabolic Phenotyping

“The Female Sex: A Newly Appreciated Risk Factor for Cardiovascular Disease - A role for the G Protein Estrogen Receptor” 
 Dr. Kyra Pyke, PhD
Associate Professor,
School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen’s University

“Conduit artery endothelial function – are two tests better than one?”


Diversity/Inclusivity and Respectful Participation

Policy on Respectful Dialogue
The Cardiovascular Centre welcomes a wide diversity of researchers as well as policy makers and industry leaders. Participants are encouraged to keep criticism constructive. Debate of ideas is encouraged, allowing faculty and students to enjoy lively and stimulating events. 

Policy on Social Media Use
We encourage the use of social media before, during, and after the events in order to share information and to network with others. However, we ask all participants to adhere to the following social media guidelines:
Blog or tweet about what you are hearing and learning, but refrain from sharing information when the speaker explicitly requests this. Talks are tweetable and shareable by default, but speakers can request that specific details or slides not be shared.
Whenever possible, use the hashtag #CCVIGuelph to discuss the Cardiovascular Centre.
Converse and network with other faculty and students before, during, and after events.
Provide feedback to the faculty and student executive committees. We encourage everyone to post and discuss topics of interest as well as ideas for future meetings.
Communicate with respect and consideration for others, keeping criticism constructive.
Do not engage in rudeness or personal attacks.

Policy on Sex and Gender Equality
The Cardiovascular Centre strives to achieve sex and gender representation in line with the balance in our research community at varying career stages. Our events are aimed to achieve this through our undergraduate, graduate, and executive faculty committees, as well as session chairs, posters and oral presentations, and through invitations to plenary speakers. Cardiovascular Research Day 2018 is the first in this series to present a sex and gender policy, with a goal to improving equality over time. The conference advances the position that research excellence in our discipline requires acknowledging achievements of all, and hopes to encourage and inspire future health research leaders. 

The University of Guelph acknowledges the Attawandaron people on whose traditional territory the University of Guelph resides and offer our respect to our Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Metis neighbours as we strive to strengthen our relationships with them. At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. 



We look forward to seeing you

Talks:       OVC Pathobiology, Room 1800, 12:00-5:00 pm

Posters:   OVC Lifetime Learning Centre, Room 1707B, 5:00-6:00 pm


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Centre for Cardiovascular Investigations
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1G 2W1