In 2018, a group of researchers began discussing the creation of a program that could change the future of cardiology. What we know now and what we can achieve using artificial intelligence can make a difference in how we treat patients in the future.


To use state-of-the-art analytic approaches and deep phenotyping to develop and validate individual signatures to optimize and personalize cardiovascular health.

The team

The Courtois Cardiovascular Signature Program is composed of 4 world-renowned cardiologists from the McGill University Health Centre. The Director Dr. Nadia Giannetti, Dr. Matthias Friedrich, Chief of Cardiac Imaging and scientific Director, Dr. George Thanassoulis, Lead in Genomic, and Dr. Abhinav Sharma, Lead in the Digital Health Initiative.

Dr. Nadia Giannetti trained at McGill and Stanford University. She is an attending Cardiologist and an Associate Professor at McGill. She is the Medical Director of the Heart Failure and Transplant Program at the MUHC. She is a co-author of several Canadian Heart Failure and Heart Transplant Guidelines. She has led multiple clinical trials as a local PI. She is the former Chief of Cardiology and is presently the Associate Physician-in-Chief (Department of Medicine) at the MUHC.

Dr. Nadia Giannetti
Program Director, Department of Medicine

Dr. Friedrich has been a Professor and Chief in Cardiovascular Imaging at the McGill University Health Centre since 2015. He is one of the lead figures for developing contrast-free cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) techniques and protocols. He has created an excellent clinical CMR program at the MUHC.

Dr. Matthias Friedrich
Scientific and Imaging Director

Dr. Sharma is a Cardiologist and Active Researcher at the McGill University Health Centre. His expertise in digital health focuses on how to optimize health behaviours to improve cardiovascular health. He founded a “DECIDE clinic” where he focuses on heart failure and diabetic patients with the goal of optimizing treatment and overall health.

Dr. Abhinav Sharma
Digital Health Director

Dr. Thanassoulis is an Assistant Professor and the Director of Preventive and Genomic Cardiology at the MUHC. His major research interests are in the genomics of aortic stenosis and acute coronary syndrome. He also interested in improving the preventive care of youth with a family history of heart disease or cardiometabolic risk factors.

Dr. George Thanassoulis
Genomics Director

Julie has tremendous leadership skills and is proficient in research. With a background in martial arts, Julie applies this same discipline and dedication to her team and the research community.

Julie Lebel
Program Manager

Natalie Gendron is the lead research nurse for the Courtois Cardiovascular Signature clinical team and Project Manager for Heart-in-a-Dish protocol. She has been involved in multiple cardiovascular clinical trials with pharmaceuticals as well as local investigators. She is involved in patient recruitment, data capture and the liaison with Dr. Cecere and Dr. Hebert’s research teams.

Natalie Gendron
Lead Clinical Nurse

Leila Haririsanati is a clinical research coordinator and MD from Iran. She is passionate about patient care. She approaches people with kindness, recruits patients and collects samples for the protocol.

Dr. Leila Haririsanati
Clinical Research Coordinator – CMR Core Lab Reader

George has an M.Sc in pharmacology and recently developed an appreciation for statistics and programming. He is interested in healthcare and enjoys facilitating the work of his colleagues to improve the quality of the team’s research.

George Perlman
Data manager

Bo Pang, an International Medical Graduate with a Doctorate of Medicine degree, is
deeply passionate about medicine and healthcare. She diligently utilizes her
medical knowledge to assist in filling out medical records, maintaining clean and
reliable clinical data, ensuring they are accurate and effective.

Dr. Bo Pang
Medical Data Archivist

Glenn’s heartwarming and loving approach draws people to him. These qualities are important for his role as a research coordinator. Our project is in good hands thanks to this expert recruiter.

Glenn Dean
Clinical Research Coordinator

Abigail Sousa is a Clinical research coordinator, recruits patients with passion and charisma. She ensures all research participants have a good understanding of the protocol, have their questions answered and feel valued by participating in this project.

Abigail Sousa
Clinical Research Coordinator

Ashliy has been a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) since 2018, she is passionate about clinical research. Her bedside manner makes every participant feel comfortable and valuable during their visit. Her constant smile and positive attitude makes her approachable and an excellent addition to the team.

Ashliy Francis
Clinical Research Coordinator – LPN

Cassandra has been a nurse since 2016. Coming from an emergency medicine and public health background, she is very knowledgeable and greatly values patient education. Her interest in research and her gentle approach towards participants allows a smooth transition into the research field.

Cassandra Blanchard
Clinical Research Nurse

Dilpreet is a medical laboratory technologist excel in conducting precise diagnostic tests, ensuring the utmost accuracy in results. Her meticulous attention to detail, adherence to safety protocols, and commitment to improving patient care make her an indispensable asset to the team.

Dilpreet Kaur
Laboratory technician
Karine Bernier
Laboratory technician

Manali has a Bachelor’s degree in hospital administration. She has a great interest in helping others and making a positive impact.
She thrives on new challenges in any role undertaken. She loves board games, hiking, and the multi-cultural team.

Manali Bose
Research Administrative Technician

Oceanne is a psychology student hoping to transition into law in the following years. She helps the team with a variety of tasks from administration to ethics.

Oceanne Bosquet
Clinical Research Clerck

Kathleen has excellent organizational skills. Juggling the responsibilities that come with working in a research setting, Kathleen’s detail-oriented qualities provides great support to the team.

Kathleen Amedee
Administrative Assistant

Barbara, a competitive swimmer, attended the Olympics in London during Summer 2012, she finished 6t! Her exceptional organization and dedication not to forget her wonderful personality bring an important asset to the team.

Barbara Rojas-Jardin
Research Administrative Assistant

Moose is a golden doodle. He is the chief happiness officer. He loves cuddles and cookies. He is always excited to come to work and bring happiness to each member of the team and others he encounters.

Chief Happiness officer

The Courtois Cardiovascular Signature Program provides resources to the MUHC’s outstanding researchers and healthcare professionals to change the way heart disease is diagnosed and treated.

Jacques Courtois

About the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC)

The McGill University Health Centre’s Research Institute (RI-MUHC) stands as a globally esteemed biomedical and hospital research center located in Montreal, Quebec. As the research wing of the McGill University Health Centre, affiliated with McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, it fosters collaboration and drives discovery to enhance individual patient health across their lifespan. Established to facilitate investigator-led research spanning fundamental biomedical studies, patient-centered clinical research, health services, and population health promotion, RI-MUHC emerged in 1997 from the amalgamation of five McGill teaching hospitals. With over 440 investigators and 1,200 students and fellows, it serves as a powerhouse, exploring diverse health concerns through fundamental, clinical, and evaluative research, supported in part by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS)

About the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC)

The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) is one of the world’s foremost academic health facilities. Building on the tradition of medical leadership of its founding hospitals, the MUHC provides exceptional multidisciplinary patient-centric care. Affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University, the MUHC continues to shape the course of adult and pediatric medicine by attracting clinical and research expertise from around the world, assessing the latest in medical technology, and training the next generation of medical professionals. In collaboration with our network partners, we are building a better future for our patients and their families; for our employees, professionals, researchers and students; for our community and above all, for life.