On Mother’s Day, it’s off to work for ‘Dr. Mom’ the heart surgeon

Take the time to read this great profile highlighting the exceptional work and commitment of Dr. Maral Ouzounian, Cardiovascular Surgeon in Toronto. We are honoured to have Dr. Ouzounian on GADAs' Professional Advisory Board and the Montalcino Aortic Consortium.

The only female surgeon on a downtown Toronto hospital’s cardiac team is also a scientist, professor and mother — and the one on call on Mother’s Day. Read More

Genetics Behind Aneurysms 

Dr. Milewicz informs about how genes can predict progression of aortic aneurysms to dissections. Genes can also predict other vascular disease the patients may be at risk for. Genetic testing and routine imaging from the head to the pelvis are important to monitor aneurysms of the aorta and other arteries in patients with aortic disease. Dr. Milewicz explains how mutations in the ACTA2 gene can cause enlargement of the aorta and also cause occlusion (closure) of other arteries, indicating the urgent need for research to understand underlying pathways that are responsible for differences in clinical manifestations of genetically triggered aortic disease. Click here for the video

Physician-Scientists are crucial to our future

Dianna Milewicz, MD, PhD, Chair of GADAs’ Professional Advisory Board and Executive Chair of the international Montalcino Aortic Consortium (MAC), explains why Physician-Scientists are crucial for the future, having a significant role in developing better treatments and saving lives. The Physician-Scientist workforce has been declining, and we need to change that trend in order to solve human deceases. Click here for the video

Dr. Milewicz is the President George H.W. Bush Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine, Director of the Division of Medical Genetics and Vice-Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Centre at Houston, Texas, USA.  

Bill Paxton passes away from a stroke following aortic surgery

(CNN) - Actor Bill Paxton died of a stroke after heart surgery, according to his death certificate, issued Monday by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. He was 61 years old.

The surgery, which replaced his aortic valve and repaired an aortic aneurysm, took place February 14. He died February 25 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Read More

2016 GADA Conference, Toronto

Thank-you to all the specialists and members who attended the 2016 GADA Conference and special thanks to the volunteers, sponsors and donors for making this event a successful and worth-while community event!!! 

2016 GADA - TFF Research Grant Award Recipients

This year GADA awarded two research projects, $ 50,000 (Canadian dollars) / one year. The research proposals submitted to GADA's Research Award Program, were reviewed and ranked highest by our professional Scientific Review Committee. GADA is tremendously grateful to the Temerty Family Foundation for the funds provided to advance research on genetic aortic disorders. 

Lighting of Sails at Canada Place - Promoting Awareness of Marfan syndrome and other genetic aortic disorders

GADA's member, Karen Dales, enrolled GADA to participate in the lighting of sails event at Canada Place. On November 18, 2016, the Sails of Light were lit red in support of Marfan Awareness Week and GADA Canada. 

13th Annual Jason 'Ruffy' Keith Memorial Pool Tournament

On April 16, 2016 family and friends participated in the 13th annual Jason ‘Ruffy’ Keith Memorial Pool Tournament fundraiser. The fundraiser was hosted by Drew LaPointe at Dooly’s in Moncton, NB. This year, the turnout of supporters was exceptional. The event raised a five-year high of $ 2802.5 in memory of beloved Jason Keith. These proceeds were kindly donated to GADA Canada.