World's Foremost Experts in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, Precision Medicine, Big Data and AI Meet in Ottawa this Weekend

7th International Ottawa Heart Conference

April 10, 2019, OTTAWA – The University of Ottawa Heart Institute is pleased to bring the 22nd Annual Toronto Ottawa Heart Summit (TOHS) and the 7th International Ottawa Heart Conference (IOHC) to Ottawa this weekend, to be presented jointly under one roof at the National Arts Centre from April 12-13.

This year’s two-day program will gather delegates from all over the world together to learn about the exciting advances in the management of cardiovascular disease and the applications of big data and artificial intelligence in health.  The TOHS will take place on April 12 and 13, and the IOHC on April 13.

“We have invited globally recognized, impactful scientists to attend this weekend’s events, to share their expertise and be available to interact with our UOHI and Ottawa-based scientists, investigators, trainees, and with members of the media,” said Dr. Thierry Mesana, the Heart Institute’s president and chief executive officer.  A number of Ottawa Heart Institute faculty will also be presenting this weekend, including Drs. David Messika-Zeitoun, Derek So, Heather Tulloch, Peter Liu, Ruth McPherson, and Sharon Chih.

Each year, both the TOHS and the IOHC draw the world’s best in cardiovascular science to network and exchange novel ideas and information to shape the future of cardiovascular care.

Media are encouraged to attend.


22nd Annual Toronto Ottawa Heart Summit
Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13
Program and speakers

7th International Ottawa Heart Conference: Big Data in Cardiovascular Disease
Saturday, April 13
Program and speakers

Noteworthy presentations:

  • Global Difference in Cardiovascular Disease, presented by Dr. Mark Richards
  •  Is Weed (Marijuana) Safer than Smoking for the Heart?, presented by Dr. Paul Oh
  • What’s New with Canada’s Food Guide, presented by Dr. Alfred Aziz
  • Update on the Optimal Diet for Heart Health, presented by Dr. John Sievenpiper
  • The Algorithm for Precision Medicine Using Artificial Intelligence, presented by Dr. Henry Lieberman
  • Deep Learning for Health Data Analytics, presented by Dr. Yifeng Li
  • Fishing Out Genetic Clues to How the Heart Develops, presented by Dr. Ian Scott
  • Precision Medicine for Childhood Heart Disease, presented by Dr. Seema Mital
  • Single-cell RNA Sequencing Approach Identifying Self-Renewing Resident Cardiac Macrophages in Heart Failure, presented by Dr. Slava Epelman

Both events will take place at the National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin St. in Ottawa.

Visit the International Ottawa Heart Conference website and/or the Toronto Ottawa Heart Summit website for the full program, event timing, and a complete list of speakers.

To coordinate interviews, please contact:

Leigh B. Morris
Communications Officer
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Office: 613-696-7000 ext. 19051
Cell: 613-316-6409