“…the foundation stone for future researchers to commence their research careers”
During my time in medical school, I had profound interest in both clinical emergency medicine and research involving emergencies. As the specialty of emergency medicine is very primitive even now in India, I decided to pursue post-graduate training outside India. An unimaginable sequence of events led me to train in emergency medicine and complete a research fellowship here in Canada, but that is a topic for another day.
I started my research career in 2010 with a CAEP research grant, the first external grant that I secured for a ‘Study to Derive a Preliminary Clinical Decision Rule for ED Non-Traumatic Low Back Pain Patients to Identify Serious Underlying Pathology’. It is with this study and early syncope studies along the same lines of risk-stratification that my interest in ‘Prediction Tool Development’ grew further. Using seed grants from CAEP and from local academic department, we have successfully established a research program on ‘Cardiovascular Emergencies’.
Our research program focuses on syncope, presyncope and chest pain. Improving care of patients with syncope is currently the primary objective of our program, with the remaining conditions being our secondary objectives. Our emergency syncope program is arguably the largest in the world and we recently published the ‘Canadian Syncope Risk Score’ derived with data from over 4,000 patients.
It is these small grants that led to the following achievements: CAEP Top New Investigator Award, a Research Scholarship and National New Investigator Award from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Program Leader within the Cardiac Arrhythmia Network of Canada (funded by the Networks of Centres of Excellence), over 2 million in peer-reviewed funding as principal investigator, writing panel member for national and international guidelines on management of syncope, 28 manuscripts published/accepted, and mentoring of several medical students, residents, graduate students and fellows.
Though small, CAEP grant gave me the start needed for my research career and will be pivotal in the grooming of future researchers in emergency medicine. I strongly believe these small grants, particularly those offered by CAEP, serve as the foundation stone for future researchers to commence their research careers. I am so passionate about the importance of these grants that I encourage every physician to support the program by donating to the EMAF.
Venkatesh Thiruganasambandamoorthy, CCFP(EM) MSc
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Emergency Medicine, and
School of Epidemiology, Public Health, & Preventive Medicine Scientist, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
New Investigator, Heart and Stroke Foundation Canada
Staff Attending Physician, The Ottawa Hospital