CANHEART Summer Studentship Award

 CANHEART Summer Studentship Award
Competition Closed

[ Closing date: Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 at 5pm ]


Student Research Opportunities-2017:  The CANHEART (CArdiovascular HEalth in Ambulatory Care Research Team) Summer Studentship Research competition is now accepting applications for summer 2017. Funding is available for 3 months beginning June 1st, 2017, and ending August 31st, 2017.


I. Background & Research Focus

The CANHEART CIHR Team Grant/Chronic Disease Risk and Intervention Strategies Research Study includes a Summer Studentship Research program.  This program provides students with a unique opportunity to train with some of Ontario’s leading cardiovascular outcomes researchers.

CANHEART CIHR Team Grant: In 2012, a team of investigators from 5 Ontario universities obtained a CIHR Team Grant focused on Chronic Disease Risk and Intervention Strategies. CANHEART, under the leadership of PI Dr. Jack Tu, strives to a) improve the community-based care provided to patients with cardiovascular risk factors and/or chronic conditions, and b) stimulate health system changes and quality improvement activities, resulting in better patient outcomes.

CANHEART’s research program addresses 3 main themes:

1. Improving ambulatory cardiovascular care

CANHEART’s CIHR Team grant focuses on this theme and involves 3 inter-related studies:

  • Developing indicators of high-quality outpatient care measureable using large, population-based databases in Ontario;
  • Studying how differences in how care is provided influence differences in the rates of new cardiovascular events in Ontario’s local health integration networks (LHINs/subLHINs)
  • Developing public report cards and preparing academic papers, describing how outpatient cardiac and stroke care are delivered across different regions in Ontario.

2. Improving our understanding of ethnicity and the incidence of cardiovascular risk factors and diseases

This CANHEART research initiative is funded in part through grants from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Using CANHEART data resources, the CANHEART investigators are engaged in studies focused on improving our understanding of cardiovascular risk factors and diseases in different ethnic minority groups living in Canada. This work is of growing importance for Canada and other developed countries, as ethnic diversity continues to increase over time.

3. Improving heart health in Canada  

Working with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, CANHEART is developing measures to assess temporal trends in heart health among Canadians, to assist the Heart and Stroke Foundation and other stakeholders with their efforts to improve the cardiovascular health of Canadians.


II. Application process

This studentship is open to health sciences, epidemiology, biostatistics, and public health students, medical students and students enrolled in course-based (i.e. non-research-based) graduate programs.  Interested students are invited to submit an application, including a brief description of the summer research project, in association with a CANHEART investigator. The research project must involve the use of one of the CANHEART cohorts in order to be considered for funding.  It is a goal that all research projects will result in a paper that is submitted for publication no later than March 2018. Students who will be graduating from their programs prior to the commencement of the summer research term must indicate they have applied for an academic program to start the following September. Please note that funding will be released on the condition that students provide CANHEART with written verification of enrollment in the intended university program.

Interested students are encouraged to contact a CANHEART investigator directly to develop a research project (see a list of investigators below).

# Name Role Affiliations
1 Jack Tu Lead Investigator ICES, Sunnybrook Schulich Heart Centre, University of Toronto
2 Sacha Bhatia Co-Investigator ICES, Women’s College Hospital, University of Toronto
3 Cynthia Jackevicius Co-Investigator ICES, University of Toronto, Western University of Health Sciences


Successful applicants will be invited to participate in a CANHEART-related research project for 3 months during the summer, beginning June 01, 2017. The exact start date can be modified if necessary.

Students will be paid in accordance with the CIHR recommended level of student bursaries for a 3-month duration over the summer.  All successful students will be expected to present their research protocol and end of project results in a summer student seminar.

A CANHEART investigator may be awarded a maximum of 1 summer student per competition.  Priority will be given to investigators who have not previously held CANHEART summer studentship awards.



III. Application requirements

All student applicants are required to submit the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae/CV
  • A Letter describing their research interests and how the proposed research project will enhance their academic training
  • A 1 page description of the proposed student research project (Projects should include a CANHEART cohort data analysis component but may also include systematic reviews, meta-analyses, etc., and should be able to be completed during the 3 month term)
  • A Letter of support from the proposed CANHEART supervising investigator
  • 2 Letters of support from university faculty members (non CANHEART investigators) familiar with your work/studies

Send your completed application package to:

Tara O’Neill, CANHEART
Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences
G1 06, 2075 Bayview Ave.
Toronto, Ontario, M4N 3M5
Telephone: 416-480-4055 ext. 3119
Fax: 416-480-6048


IV. Application due date & notification

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 at 5pm.  All applications will be adjudicated by a panel of CANHEART investigators and applicants will be notified by end of March 2017 of the results of the competition.

Funds to support this student training initiative are provided by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Team grant program.