Education Overview

The Heart & Stroke/Richard Lewar Cebtre of Excellence in Cardiovascular Research invests in education by:


Undergraduate Awards
In partnership with HSBC, HSRLCE offers two to three summer Undergraduate awards in the amount of $4,500 to enable students to work alongside scientists in cardiovascular research laboratories. This award program was established in 2013. To-date 18 students have been funded.

Studentship Awards
HSRLCE offers up to six Studentship awards annually in the amount of $15,000. The awards are intended to support individuals in the initial phase of their training (MSc or PhD) who wish to pursue a career in cardiovascular science. To-date  94 students have been funded.

Fellowship Awards
HSRLCE offers up to three Fellowship awards annually in the amount of $25,000. The awards are  intended to support individuals pursuing a career in cardiovascular science who are still considered “in training” but have completed a PhD, MD, BM, DVM or equivalent degree. To-date 105 students have been funded.

HSRLCE organizes a Distinguished Visiting Professors Series. Through this series, a forum is provided whereby external experts performing cutting edge research in priority areas are invited to speak and interact with Centre’s members and in turn, the activities of the Centre are profiled to the world’s opinion leaders. The Centre regularly collaborates with University of Toronto Departments and teaching hospitals. Faculty, clinicians, and students are encouraged to attend.

HSRLCE hosts the ACvSD every April/May; averaging around 220 delegates. Local, national and international experts share their knowledge with the Centre’s trainees, faculty, industry, and other healthcare professionals. Each year we focus on a different theme. The Day also sees us host a trainee poster competition with three prizes (worth $1,000, $500 and $250) given to the top three students. We also have a lecture given by the Dr. Subhash C. Verma Young Investigator’s Award recipient. The Award was established in 2006 by the HSRLCE. It is funded by the family of the late Dr. S. C. Verma. The award recognizes exceptional achievement in the cardiovascular sciences and is open to HSRLCE members who have not been principal investigators for more than seven years.

As part of HSRLCE’s commitment to education as well as national and international collaboration, the HSRLCE hosts one-day knowledge exchange and clinical trials collaboration seminars with its national and international partners. These seminars are held in conjunction with major cardiology conferences (CCC, AHA, ACC, & the ESC).Typically the meetings are held the day before the major conference commences.

The Cardiovascular Sciences Collaborative Program (CSCP) – HSRLCE’s educational arm. CSCP was established in 1992 and has developed into a popular program that promotes exemplary linkages between teaching and research at the University of Toronto. The CSCP is a co-operative,  interdisciplinary and interdepartmental graduate teaching program that brings together university  departments and partnering hospitals to offer a strong curriculum and a unique learning experience.


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