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Edmonton The Edmonton effect E dmonton, Alberta, is a powerhouse for cardiovascular research and treatment. This can be added to an existing strong suit in Life Sciences and innovation, qualities that have helped the city win its bid to host the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress in October 2020. Organisers predict the congress will bring 3,200 delegates to the city creating an economic impact of over CAD$3m. The state of Alberta has been at the forefront of heart care for more than 50 years. Building on the University of Alberta Hospital’s achievements in cardiac care, the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute (Maz) has accumulated a proud history of leadership and innovation, including being the place where the first open heart surgery in Canada took place in 1956. The institute also carried out the first catheter biopsy of the heart in Canada (1976). The Maz puts research into practice by integrating clinical and academic environments and has become a world leader in complex cardiac care and surgery. Meet the Nagendran Brothers Meet the Nagendran brothers, both cardiac surgeons at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute. Jayan specialises in transplantation, and Jeevan 6 CONFERENCE & MEETINGS WORLD specialises in minimally invasive surgery. The University Hospital Foundation funded both brothers’ research. Jayan says they were both born and raised in Edmonton: “Family was a big part of why we wanted to stay here. We both had opportunities to work at other centres – but what the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute has to offer is world class. We want, in our generation, for the Institute to be considered one of the top centres in the world.” Jeevan adds: “From an academic standpoint, there are very few other heart surgery programmes in the country that combine real science with clinical care. Being able to join a science lab construct rather than build it yourself is a huge advantage. And thanks to the University Hospital Foundation’s support, it’s a no- brainer.” The University of Alberta is responsible for all lung transplants in Alberta, as well as northern British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and the territories, making it the most isolated cardiothoracic transplant programme in the world. Jayan Nagendran also tackled the problem of a limited organ donor pool by developing, in collaboration with Dr Darren Free, technology that helps lungs breathe outside the body to prolong life. It is a technology that has revolutionised organ donation 1,595 CVICU Admissions 1,788 CV Surgery Inpatient Ward Admissions 1,493 Adult Open Heart Surgeries 370 Pediatric Open Heart Surgeries 98 5 Adult Transplants (29 Heart, 2 Heart & Lung, 67 Lung) Pediatric Transplants