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.

FEATURED EVENT

Join us to celebrate the graduation of our 2024 ECHO Discovery cohort! Don't miss a pitch competition for $500 and fireside chat with Dr. Abhinav Sharma.

ECHO Discovery Pitch Competition

Join us in celebrating the graduation of our 2024 ECHO Discovery cohort! Watch 4 teams pitch their innovative cardiovascular health solutions for a chance to win $500 PLUS catch a Fireside Chat with McGill University’s Dr. Abhinav Sharma.

FUNDED RESEARCH

2024 Seed Grant Winners

TRANSFORM HF is pleased to present a Seed Grant to Drs. Dainty and Grunau for their proposal to build the first ever sensor to detect cardiac arrest – the ultimate heart failure. 

Whether a cardiac arrest is witnessed is a key determinant of survival. Unfortunately, over three-quarters of out-of-hospital events are unwitnessed.

Drs. Katie Dainty and Brian Grunau believe immediate recognition of sudden cardiac arrests could triple survival rates, saving more than 3,400 lives per year.

TRANSFORM HF is pleased to present a 2024 Seed Grant to Drs. Dainty, Grunau, and their team for their proposal to build the first ever sensor to detect sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) – the ultimate heart failure.

NEWS

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Visual Communications Award for Pediatric-to-Adult Care Transition Support

Congratulations to Beatrice Nai-Chung, a second-year student in the Master of Science in Biomedical Communications at the University of Toronto, for receiving a Vesalius Trust Research Grant!

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.