Trinity Western University is pleased to announce faculty members Drs. Anita Coté and Richard Sawatzky have each been awarded Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) awards in recognition of exceptional emerging research in their respective fields. Cardiovascular physiologist Dr. Coté is the Canada Research Chair in Cardiovascular Adaptation to Exercise, and Dr. Sawatzky, a Professor in the School of Nursing, is the Canada Research Chair in Person-Centred Outcomes. Tier 2 Canada Research Chair awards include research funding of $100,000 per year for five years.
“The Canada Research Chairs Program is the centerpiece of a national strategy to make Canada a world leader in research and innovation. Chairholders represent the country's top talent: scholars whose research makes an impact by addressing some of the most pressing needs facing Canadians today. Both of TWU's Canada Research Chairholders announced today are making significant and novel contributions to healthcare,” says Dr. Eve Stringham, Vice Provost, Research and Graduate Studies at TWU.
The starting point for Dr. Coté’s research is acknowledging Cardiovascular disease (CVD) as the leading cause of death in Canadian women. However, many women are unaware of the risk. “Much of the research on CVD has focused on males. However, we now know that heart disease in women develops differently. Females exhibit symptoms differently than men and we need research with a specific focus on the female heart to close that gap in information,” says Dr. Coté.
Protected for years by hormones such as estrogen, women are not tuned in to the CVD risk factors they may have as they approach middle age. Since adolescence marks a sharp decline in girls’ physical activity levels, Dr. Coté believes the CVD risk many women face in later years can be traced back to exercise habits early in life. Dr. Coté is studying how, beginning in childhood, the heart adapts to exercise, and how this differs between the sexes.
In order to understand how exercise elicits changes to the heart and blood vessels during normal growth and development, Dr. Coté’s research uses advanced imaging tools and genetic analyses. Through longterm tracking of exercise patterns relative to structural and functional changes in the heart and blood vessels, Dr. Coté hopes to address some important gaps we have in understanding the progression of CVD risk in women while also addressing CVD prevention and treatment strategies, to improve health outcomes for all Canadian women.
Excerpts from: https://www.twu.ca/news-events/news/two-trinity-western-university-faculty-receive-canada-research-chair-awards