Breakfast & Brainstorms

The University of Manitoba's Government Relations Office, in partnership with the Council on Post-Secondary Education, presents the Breakfast & Brainstorms Speaker Series at the Manitoba Legislative Building.  The Series is designed to bring public policy decision makers and influencers together with University of Manitoba researchers.

The most recent session, How to Plan Your First Heart Attack, was held on Thursday, March 12, 2009. Dr. Larry Hryshko, a Professor in the Department of Physiology and the Canada Research Chair in Cardiac Electrophysiology at the University of Manitoba, was the speaker.

When it comes to planning your first heart attack, timing is everything.  During a heart attack “time is muscle”, and outcomes are largely determined by the amount of muscle lost.

Dr. Hryshko described his research on a family of proteins called sodium-calcium exchangers, which contribute prominently to cardiac muscle injury or death during heart attacks.  He also described how newer drugs may eventually reduce the muscle injury that occurs during heart attacks.

Individuals who attended the session included: Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross, Manitoba's Minister of Healthy Living; Minister Diane McGifford, Manitoba's Minister of Advanced Education and Literacy;  Minister Jim Rondeau, Manitoba's Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mines;  Dr. Jon Gerrard, Leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party and MLA (River Heights); Mr. Doug Martindale, MLA (Burrows); and Ms Heather Reichert, Deputy Minister for Advanced Education and Literacy.

Lt. to Rt.: Minister Jim Rondeau; Dr. Larry Hryshko; Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross; Minister Diane McGifford; Dr. Jon Gerrard; Mr. Doug Martindale; Mr. John Alho