Mr. Stefan Superina
I am a research associate at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, University Health Network. In this capacity, I’m helping to coordinate the centre’s partnership efforts with Indigenous communities and organizations to enhance cardiovascular health and well-being. Importantly, these partnerships must advance the goals and priorities of Indigenous communities and produce knowledge that is useful to them and their members. I have extensive professional experience in project management, research, and health care strategic communications. Most recently, I had the opportunity to act as a project lead for a federal Networks of Centres of Excellence grant submission in heart failure. In this role, I had the privilege of learning from leading Indigenous health scholars to propose sustainable research solutions for the long-standing complex health challenges faced by Indigenous communities in Canada. My passion for translational research in this area has largely been informed by my own personal experience. I have lived, worked, and travelled extensively throughout remote regions of the Canadian north and have witnessed first-hand the social, economic and geographic influences that shape health risks and disease progression. I thoroughly enjoy spending time in the outdoors and sharing these experiences. In 2012, myself and a group of educators were the fortunate recipients of a grant from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society to undertake an 8-week canoe expedition from Yellowknife, NWT to Kugluktuk, Nunavut. The purpose of this expedition was to create classroom materials that would contribute to our collective understanding and appreciation of Canadian history and geography.