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2023 Canadian Women’s Heart, Brain and Vascular Health Advocacy Award

Call for Nominations

Recognizing visionary contributions as an advocate for the heart, brain and vascular health of women in Canada, through mobilizing others to increase awareness and take action to reduce women’s risk of heart, brain and vascular diseases or support their management of these diseases. 

Do you know someone who is a passionate advocate for women and heart, brain and vascular disease? The Summit Planning Committee is searching for outstanding advocates in women’s heart, brain and vascular health to be nominated for the 2023 Canadian Women’s Heart Health Advocacy Award.  

Important Dates

  • Nominations open: Tuesday, November 1, 2022
  • Deadline: Friday, January 6, 2023 at 11:59 PM EST
  • Notification to Nominees/Nominator: Friday February 24, 2023

What is Advocacy? 

Advocacy represents the strategies developed, actions taken and solutions proposed to influence decision-making to create positive change for people and their environment for a particular cause. It is how we transform public attitudes into action by educating, empowering and supporting individuals and communities. 

Why an Advocacy Award?

The 2023 Canadian Women’s Heart, Brain and Vascular Health Advocacy Award recognizes the contributions of an individual working to improve the heart, brain and vascular health of women in Canada through advocacy, awareness, and support. The award recognizes the outstanding commitment in mobilizing women and/or health professionals to take heart, brain and vascular health seriously and act to reduce women’s risk of heart, brain and vascular disease.

The award will be presented to the winning individuals during the closing ceremonies of the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Summit on Saturday, April 29 2023. The winner will receive a recognition plaque and a cheque for $500.

Award Categories

One winner will be awarded for each of the following two categories:

  1. Healthcare Professional/Researcher: A clinician, researcher or clinician scientist 
  2. Patient Advocate: A woman with lived experience includes those living with heart disease, stroke, and/or vascular conditions and caregivers of those with lived experience (family or informal caregiver/friend).

The Selection Committee will evaluate nominees on the following criteria: 

  • Mobilizing Communities – building knowledge and skills of the community to advocate for programs and policies regarding women’s heart, brain and vascular health.
  • Fostering Coalitions and Networks – engaging the community and other stakeholders in identifying key community issues that affect women’s heart, brain and vascular health. 
  • Promoting Community Awareness – support public awareness campaigns about women’s heart, brain and vascular health in the community.
  • Changing Organizational Practices – collaborating with others to advocate for the implementation of policies and procedures about women’s heart, brain and vascular health within organizations and groups.

To Apply

Nominators must complete the online submission form requesting the following details:

  • Provide contact details for both the Nominator and Nominee. 
  • Describe the advocacy efforts of the nominee and explain why you believe the nominee qualifies for this award.
  • Upload at least one (1) letter of support
  • Letter of support criteria:  
    • Letter of support must not be written by a family member or relative
    • Must state how they know the Nominee and for how long
    • Must have knowledge of Nominee’s activities and experiences

Nominations will be accepted until Friday January 6, 2023 at 11:59 PM EST. Nominees may be healthcare professionals, researchers, and women with lived experience currently living and/or working in Canada. Previous winners will not be eligible. Please note that the recipient will be invited to the award presentation on Saturday, April 29 2023 and is encouraged to attend to accept their award in person. The winner will receive complimentary registration to the Summit.

2023 Canadian Women’s Heart, Brain and Vascular Health Investigator Award

Call for Nominations

This award will recognize contributions of an investigator to the heart, brain and/or vascular health of women in Canada, through advancing inquiry and knowledge of women-specific heart, brain and vascular health issues to ultimately reduce disease risk, improve the quality of life, and prevent premature death. 

Do you know someone who has made an important contribution to advancing the science around women’s heart, brain and vascular health? 

Beginning November 1, 2022, the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Summit planning committee is searching for outstanding investigators to be nominated for the 2023 Canadian Women’s Heart, Brain and Vascular Health Investigator Award.  

Why an Investigator Award?

The 2023 Canadian Women’s Heart, Brain and Vascular Health Investigator Award recognizes the contributions of an individual working to improve the heart, brain and vascular health of women in Canada through contributions to science. The award recognizes the outstanding commitment of emerging investigators to advancing inquiry and knowledge of women’s heart, brain and vascular health with the goal of ultimately improving quality of life, and reducing disease risk and premature death. 

The award will be presented to the winning individuals during the closing ceremonies of the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Summit on Saturday, April 29 2023. The winner will receive a recognition plaque and a cheque for $500.

Categories

1. Senior Investigator Award: A researcher who, at the time of application, has assumed their first independent research position more than 15 years ago.

2. Early-Career Investigator Award: A researcher who, at the time of application, has assumed their first independent, research-related appointment within five years. The date of first appointment will be based on the date listed in the Common CV (i.e., under Employment). Given that career progress for an early career investigator (ECI) is particularly vulnerable to normal life circumstances, the CWHHS Research Sub-Committee will adjust the eligibility window, as follows:

  • Eligible leaves (e.g. maternity, parental, medical, family medical, bereavement) will extend ECI status (i.e. will not be counted towards the maximum) and will be  credited as twice the amount of time taken;
  • No adjustments are provided for professional leaves (e.g., training, sabbatical, administrative). No adjustments are provided for time spent on non-research related duties or for the pursuit of non-research related career activities.

Evaluation Criteria

The Canadian Women’s Heart Health Summit Research Sub-Committee will evaluate nominees on the following criteria: 

  1. Relevance to women's heart, brain and/or vascular health and inclusion of sex- and gender-based plus analyses.
  2. Novel aspect or significance of the work, other related grants and awards, and the role of collaborators. 
  3. Impact of the research.
  4. Demonstration of a confirmed, full-time academic or research appointment at the time of submission

Nominations will be accepted until Friday January 6, 2023 at 11:59 PM EST with notifications to be sent via email on February 22, 2023. Nominees may be healthcare professionals, researchers, or organizations currently working in Canada. Please note that the recipient will be invited to the award presentation on Saturday, April 29 2023 and is encouraged to attend to accept their award in person. The winner will receive complimentary registration to the Summit.

Past Winners - 2021

Jodi Edwards, PhD
Scientist and Director, Brain and Heart Nexus Research Program
Co-Director, UOHI Population Outcomes Research Unit, University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Assistant Professor, School of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON

 

Dr. Amy YuAmy Yu, MDCM, MSc, FRCPC
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
Stroke Neurologist, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center
Toronto, ON

 

NEW: 2023 Canadian Women’s Heart, Brain and Vascular Health Trainee Award 

This award recognizes scientific merit and excellence in research design and performance, as well as the presentation of the research abstract by a resident, fellow, or graduate student in a training program. Trainees must be students enrolled full-time in a program of study (medical school, health professional school, graduate studies, residency, fellowship, etc).

Important Dates:

  • Award opportunity opens: Tuesday, November 1, 2022
  • Deadline to apply: Friday, January 6, 2023 at 11:59 PM EST
  • Notifcations sent via email: Friday, January 27, 2023 

Evaluation Criteria

  1. Relevance to women's heart, brain and/or vascular health and inclusion of sex- and gender-based plus analysis (SGBA+). Refer to the CIHR modules
  2. Novel aspect or significance of the work and impact of the research. Refer to CIHR guideline.

Application Process

Trainees will be able to select whether they would like their abstract to be considered for the Trainee Award within the online abstract submission process. Trainees are asked to evaluate the percentage (%) of their contribution to the research based on the following categories: Design, Analysis, Writing, Reviewer. 

The winning trainee will receive a plaque of recognition and an award of $250.  Deadline to submit abstracts and to be considered for the Trainee Award is January 6, 2023. Please note that the recipient will be invited to accept their award during the award ceremony on Saturday, April 29 2023 and are encouraged to attend to accept their award in person.

2023 Best Rapid-Fire Oral Presentation

The 2023 Canadian Women’s Heart Health Summit will include an award for Best Rapid-Fire Oral Presentation. The person judged as preparing and delivering the Best-Rapid Fire Oral Presentation will receive a plaque of recognition and an award of $250. Rapid Fire Oral presentations will be judged by the 2023 Canadian Women’s Heart Health Summit Review Committee, based on the following criteria: 

  • Originality 
  • Design and methodology 
  • Supporting data 
  • Quality of presentation 
  • Presenter stays within allotted time 

The recipient will receive their award during the Summit’s Award Ceremony on Saturday, April 29, 2023. 

2023 Best Poster Presentation 

The 2023 Canadian Women’s Heart Health Summit will include an award for Best Poster Presentation. The person judged as preparing and delivering the best poster will receive a plaque of recognition and an award of $250. Posters displayed at the Summit will be judged by the 2023 Canadian Women’s Heart Health Summit Review Committee on April 28, 2023  with the Best Poster Presentation selected based on the following criteria: 

  • Originality 
  • Design and methodology 
  • Supporting data 
  • Quality of presentation 

PLEASE NOTE: Presenters are only eligible to win one award. Rapid-fire oral presenters will be required to present in-person. If this is not possible, presenters will be offered to present their abstract as a virtual poster presentation. All presenting authors must register for the CWHHS and are responsible for their own transportation and accommodations. Registration is NOT complimentary. 

REGISTER HERE

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