By Amanpreet Kaur, Graduate Research Assistant, Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE), RI-MUHC

From August 5 to 9, 2019, Montreal was host to the Canadian Vascular Network (CVN) Summer School in Vascular Health with a focus on Sex Differences in Heart and Brain Health.  Organized and designed by a number of McGill Faculty of Medicine members, led by Drs. Louise Pilote and Ernesto Schiffrin, with Drs. Edith Hamel and Stella Daskalopoulou as curriculum committee members, the five-day event was attended by 50 graduate student research trainees and 30 faculty members from across Canada and the United Kingdom.

The summer school was held at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), the Lady Davis Institute of the Jewish General Hospital, Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro), and the Montreal Heart Institute. It featured a varied and stimulating program for trainees, which provided in-depth teaching on translational and sex-based approaches to vascular diseases and knowledge sharing between trainees and women with lived experience through formal and informal learning sessions.

With the upcoming 200th anniversary of McGill University, this University of Glasgow/McGill Summer School collaboration not only promoted McGill leadership, but by including national and international experts, it also advanced the knowledge and skills of young researchers in the field of women’s vascular health.

The summer school was organized with support from the CVN, the Heart & Stroke Foundation, the British Heart Foundation Center of Research Excellence at the University of Glasgow, McGill University and the MUHC.

August 21 2019