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Request for Proposals: Jean-Francois Bowden Fund

Posted: 13 October, 2011

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The St. Paul’s Hospital Healthy Heart Program is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals for two awards created in the memory of Jean-Francois Bowden to reflect his dedication to cardiovascular disease prevention and rehabilitation, and the use of information technology.

We are currently accepting proposals for two awards of $2,500 each in the name of Jean-Francois Bowden as follows:

1. For graduate students conducting health research (basic, clinical or population) within the confines of the St. Paul’s Hospital;

2. For PHC employees/students/clinicians who have implemented projects or is researching in the area of IT and medicine.

The application will consist of a cover letter, an updated CV, two reference letters (submitted directly from the referee), a one-page outline of the applicant’s project and a half-page indication of how the project will benefit patients and/or patient management. For the IT award, it is possible this award will be awarded for projects that have recently been completed (ie: within last 2 years) with demonstrated benefit as well as those planned projects.

Please send completed applications by email to by 4:30 p.m. on November 14, 2011.

Winners will be announced in mid-December.

Jean-Francois Bowden (Francois) completed his post-doctoral fellowship in the early 1990’s investigating lipid metabolism and became the lab manager for the Atherosclerosis Specialty Laboratory. Moving on to make numerous contributions to the way the clinics functioned, Francois spearheaded the ‘technological revolution’ of the Healthy Heart Program leading to the establishment of the HeartNet network, the SoftHeart database and the Healthy Heart Program website, making the Healthy Heart Program a frontier in technology at St. Paul’s Hospital at the time. He also provided the early phase development of the Healthy Heart Society of British Columbia, which has gone on to make substantial contribution to the management of patients throughout British Columbia.