Dr. Karin Humphries receives a CIHR Spring 2018 Project Grant


When women under the age of 55 experience a heart attack, their risk of death is two times higher than their male counterparts. Dr. Humphries and team believe that this could be changed with a lower cut-point for the biomarker high sensitivity cardiac troponin (hs-cTn; a protein released when the heart is damaged during a heart attack) since women produce lower levels of the protein than men.

This lower cut-point will be introduced in 26 emergency departments across the country, with the intention of identifying more women with heart damage, and thus improving health outcomes and care.

The project grant will provide $1,656,226 over five years.