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New research program investigates leading cause of death for women in BC

Posted: 19 October, 2011

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Providence Health Care and the University of British Columbia (UBC) announced the establishment of the first research program in B.C. to focus on the impact of gender-based differences on cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke).

The UBC Heart and Stroke Foundation Professorship in Women’s Cardiovascular Health, held by Dr. Karin Humphries, will develop a focused and integrated vision for cardiovascular care, education and research for women throughout the province, including rural communities. The Professorship will be based out of St. Paul’s Hospital, which is known around the world for its work in the prevention of heart disease and for the care, treatment and support of people living with heart conditions.

Humphries will focus on researching the detection and early treatment of cardiovascular disease and finding new ways to improve the education of physicians, women and their families on heart disease and stroke. She will also develop strategies to improve outcomes for women at highest risk, including Aboriginal and South Asian women and those of poor socio-economic status.

Humphries is a leading research scientist at the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHÉOS) at St. Paul’s and Associate Professor in the Division of Cardiology in the Department of Medicine at the UBC Faculty of Medicine with extensive experience studying gender-related differences in cardiovascular disease. She will be a national Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada spokesperson on women’s cardiovascular disease issues.

The Professorship, a partnership between St. Paul’s Hospital and UBC, is being supported through part of $1.25 million in one-time funding to establish cardiac fellowships that was provided by the Ministry of Health through Cardiac Services BC, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, and through a contribution of $500,000 from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

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