Canadian Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
Dr Eric Larose
Dr. Larose’s research program focuses on the advancement of MR and CT imaging techniques through research and development of innovative and original imaging protocols to characterize the biological determinants of atherosclerotic plaque stability and the heterogeneity of the clinical manifestations of atherosclerosis in various vascular beds. He leads a productive team which includes health professionals, research staff, imaging technologists as well as graduate and postgraduate students.
Dr. Larose has established a unique collaboration by developing and co-leading IUCPQ’s Joint Cardiology and Radiology Advanced Imaging Sector (Cardiovascular MRI and CT) of the multidisciplinary cardiology department as well as a joint clinical and postdoctoral fellowship program. This distinctive structure allows for optimal knowledge translation as physicians, clinical and research fellows, graduate students, research team and other health professionals work closely to improve patient care as well as research activities.
A large number of BIRC investigators are focusing on various aspects of cardiovascular disease. Some of the goals of our researchers are to:
- Achieve earlier detection of the presence of coronary disease through novel perfusion imaging;
- Identify high-risk patients through measuring the amount of scar in the heart. Scar is the common end point of many cardiac disease processes, including heart attacks and inflammatory conditions. The presence and extent of scar plays a major role in how effective heart therapies will be, including: coronary artery bypass surgery, implantable defibrillators, and specialized pacemakers.
- Develop improved ways to image and track stem cells to improve heart function
- Determine how blood flow to the heart is altered in patients with genetic heart diseases, such as Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
- Develop preclinical imaging techniques for studying cardiovascular disease in murine models
- Study cerebrovascular disease and the understanding of effects of carotid flow patterns on the likelihood of stroke events
At the McGill University Health Centre, Dr. Matthias Friedrich is Chief of Cardiovascular Imaging and is developing a CMR research program, which focuses on tissue characterization (edema, oxygenation) for coronary artery disease, cardiotoxicity in other acute myocardial injury. Funding originates from the Fonds de Recherche du Québec - Santé (FRQS) and other sources.
Positions are available for MSc and, in the near future, PhD students.
Dr James White
The Stephenson Cardiac Imaging Centre has dedicated research teams focused in: i) Heart Failure / Device Therapy and Sudden Cardiac Arrest, ii) Non-Ischemic Cardiomyopathy (ie: HCM and Myocarditis), iii) Cardio-Oncology, and iv) 4D Strain and 4D Flow (various applications). The research Group, led by Dr. James White, conducts many local research projects but also leads multi-centre RCT and Registries, particularly in the field of MRI-guided device therapy.
The Centre has 2 MRI scanners (PRISMA and SKYRA , Siemens) for cardiac imaging within dedicated facilities and personnel. The Centre has a Research Manager / Collaborations coordinator, Core Laboratory Manager, 3 research nurses, 3 research assistants and a research administrator. We have a strong team of students, PhD candidates and post-doctoral fellows and collaborate both within Canada and internationally in a wide range of translational and clinical research.