Newly recruited scientist to investigate unexplored cardiac risk factors

Jodi Edwards, PhD
Jodi Edwards, PhD
Director, Brain and Heart Nexus Research Program
University of Ottawa Heart Institute

OTTAWA, December 14, 2017 — The University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) is proud to welcome Jodi Edwards, PhD, as scientist and director of the Brain and Heart Nexus Research Program. Dr. Edwards hails from Sunnybrook Research Institute in Toronto where she was a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Sandra Black in the Heart and Stroke Foundation Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery.

Dr. Edwards’ research program utilizes clinical and administrative data from population-based databases to evaluate the contributions of unexplored cardiac risk factors, including physiological changes associated with early cardiac remodelling, to clinical outcomes in individuals at high risk of stroke, atrial fibrillation, and cognitive decline. The ultimate goal of Dr. Edwards’ research is to develop predictive tools to identify those at highest risk of adverse cardiovascular outcomes and extend the window for preventive management in this population.

Dr. Edwards received a MA in Linguistics from the University of Calgary before moving to Vancouver in 2008 to pursue doctoral training in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of British Columbia. Her dissertation work focused on the identification of novel neurophysiological determinants of risk for recurrent stroke and other major cardiovascular events in individuals with a recent transient ischemic attack (TIA). This work was published in Stroke and in 2011, Dr. Edwards received the CIHR Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health, and Addiction Brain Star Award for this contribution.

“We are so thrilled to welcome Dr. Edwards to the Heart Institute”, commented Dr. Peter Liu, Chief Scientific Officer at the Heart Institute. “As a leading edge young scientist, she brings a novel perspective on cardiac risk factors to identify individuals at highest risk of cardiovascular outcomes.”

The University of Ottawa Heart Institute is Canada’s largest and foremost heart health centre dedicated to understanding, treating and preventing heart disease. UOHI delivers high-tech care with a personal touch, shapes the way cardiovascular medicine is practiced and revolutionizes cardiac treatment and understanding. It builds knowledge through research and translates discoveries into advanced care. UOHI serves the local, national and international community, and is pioneering a new era in heart health.


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University of Ottawa Heart Institute
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