Transform HF

Digital Innovation for Heart Failure Care

TRANSFORM HF aims to build, support, and seed fund a community of engineers, scientists and clinicians who will work in tandem with Indigenous health experts and patients to develop point-of-care diagnostics, wearables, and AI technologies to monitor and proactively treat people with heart failure in their homes – and empower them to be more active in their own care.

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750,000

Canadians are living with heart failure

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7

Days in hospital on average per visit

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100,000

New cases are diagnosed each year

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70,000

Canadians hospitalized per year

Heart Failure in Canada

Few chronic conditions carry as great a burden as heart failure. Yet its care in Canada is fragmented, low-tech and reactive, with glaring inequities in access, quality of care and patient outcomes. Through collaboration, integration and innovation, our diverse team will dramatically alter the management and trajectory of people with heart failure, bringing new innovations into clinical practice, and improving access to equitable high-quality care.

Together, we will break the barriers faced by Indigenous people and underserved communities. And improve care for all.

FUNDING COMPETITIONS

Trainee Awards

Calling the next generation of heart failure digital health leaders! Our Trainee Awards support University of Toronto Master’s, PhD, and Postdoctoral students who are conducting research that advances equitable care and incorporates lived experience. Research must be centered on one or more the following themes:

  • Field-ready point-of-care diagnostics
  • Wearables and embedded sensors / remote monitoring
  • Data science innovation in heart failure prevention, treatment, or care
  • Digital health implementation

Award levels are set at $20,000/year for master’s/PhD trainees and $40,000/year for Postdoctoral fellows. Apply by March 18, 2024.

TRANSFORM HF Trainee Ting Xiong presenting her research at a TRANSFORM HF network meeting.
A group of TRANSFORM HF Undergraduate Summer Students smile at the camera during the 2023 Summer Student Showcase Event.

Undergraduate Summer Research Program

Come research at the intersection of digital health and health equity! Students in our Undergraduate Summer Research Program (USRP) can expect to gain firsthand experience in developing innovative tech and co-creating proactive, personalized, and decentralized models of heart failure care.

Successful applicants will receive an award of up to $6,000, which must be supplemented by a $2,000 contribution from their research supervisors. To be eligible to apply, students must:

  • Be registered at a Canadian academic institution as a full or part-time undergraduate student at the time of application.
  • Be supervised by two faculty supervisors within TRANSFORM HF, one of which must be Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering (FASE) affiliated, to apply for this program.

Applications close March 8, 2024.

Collaboration Starter Grants

TRANSFORM HF’s Collaboration Starter Grants encourage, foster, and support members of our community working collaboratively on research and project proposals that advance our mission and expand our network. Three types of supports are available:

  • Grants up to $10K for proposal development meetings, collaborative project activities, patient or Knowledge Keeper compensation and facilitation.
  • Grants up to $10K for scoping and preliminary project research and data collection.
  • Grants up to $10K for research proposal writing and editing.

Apply by March 31, 2024.

Collaboration Starter Grant winner Angela Mashford-Pringle speaking with Anne Simard at her TRANSFORM HF-funded On the Land Indigenous Education Program

NEWS

Working with Weeneebayko Area Health Authority to Transform Care

It took Gloria Stoney five days to get medivaced from her home in Peawanuck to Toronto General Hospital this October when she started experiencing serious cardiac symptoms. She returned home at the end of November.

A new 5-year agreement with Weeneebayko Area Health Authority will support the cardiovascular needs of James and Hudson Bay communities with a focus on direct care and remote management, so that patients like Gloria can access high-quality care close to home.

FEATURED ARTICLE

Simplifying Pediatric Care Journey Through Digital Innovation

A team of researchers led by TRANSFORM HF’s Dr. Sahr Wali are exploring how digital tools can support pediatric cardiac care management.

Their study began by exploring clinicians’ views on the use of a digital therapeutic program to support pediatric cardiac care. Through semi-structured interviews with clinicians at SickKids, the team identified key themes to guide the development of a digital therapeutic intervention to empower adolescents with heart disease in their own care. These findings have been published in PLOS Digital Health.

Digital tool being used to support pediatric cardiac care.

MOVING THE NEEDLE

U of T Groundbreakers

Our University of Toronto Groundbreakers episode is live! Hear from Dr. Heather Ross, Amika Shah, and Dr. Dan Franklin to learn about some of the important work we are supporting.

Groundbreakers is a multimedia series that features U of T research superstars from the Institutional Strategic Initiatives.

Acknowledgement of Territory

We acknowledge the traditional territories of the Mississauga of the New Credit First Nation, Anishnawbe, Wendat, Huron, and Haudenosaunee Indigenous Peoples on which our partner institutions stand.

The territory was the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and Confederacy of the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. We would also like to pay our respects to all our ancestors and to our present Elders.