Heart Institute researchers to investigate wider health impact of COVID-19

May 10, 2022

Two University of Ottawa Heart Institute researchers will receive important funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for their projects addressing the wider health implications of COVID-19.

  • Peter Liu, MD, the institute’s chief scientific officer and vice-president of research, will receive $498,210 over two years for his project investigating the virus’ impact and the risk and resilience in Chinese, South Asian and Black populations.
  • Louise Sun, MD, a cardiac anesthesiologist, and director of Team Soleil, will receive $500,000 over the same period for her systematic implementation and impact evaluation of data-driven cardiac surgery triaging tools to optimize operational efficiency and enhance patient outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

As a co-principal investigator, Sun will also contribute to a study into the indirect impact of COVID-19 on cardiac function and associated outcomes in patients awaiting cardiac surgery, an opportunity to inform data-driven surgical wait list management. Wilton van Klei, MD, PhD, of University Health Network, is the project’s nominated principal investigator.

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