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Canada Research Chair in Hypertension, Senior Scientist / Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Full professor
Faculty of Medicine

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Office: 613-562-5800 (8241)
Cell: 514-793-1472
Home: 613-744-5319

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Dr Rhian Touyz, MBBCh, MSc(Med), PhD, is the Canada Research Chair in Hypertension at the Kidney Research Centre, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI)/Univ of Ottawa. She is a Senior Scientist at the OHRI and professor of medicine in the Division of Nephrology. Dr Touyz received her BSc(Hons) (1980), MBBCh (1984), MSc (1986) and PhD (1992) from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship (1992-1996) at the Clinical Research Institute of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, under the supervision of Ernesto Schiffrin.


She has received numerous academic and research awards, including the Young Investigator Awards from the American Society of Hypertension, the Canadian Society of Hypertension and the Quebec Society of Hypertension as well as being a finalist for the Irving H Page Award, Atherosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology from the American Heart Association. Dr Touyz was  awarded the 2005 Dahl Lecture Award by the American Heart Association, the 2006 Grace A Goldsmith Award, American Society of Nutrition, the 2009 Vincenzo Panagia Distinguished Lecture Award, Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences Award and the 2010 Distinguished Service award from Hypertension Canada, in recognition of her contributions to hypertension research. She is the recipient of the prestigious Berne Lectureship Award of the American Physiological Society, Cardiovascular Section, 2012.


Dr Touyz co-chairs the Recommendations Task Force of the Canadian Hypertension Education Program (CHEP), responsible for the annual hypertension guidelines, she is the secretariat of the International Society of Hypertension and she is the past President of the Canadian Hypertension Society. She is the current Chair of the Council for High Blood Pressure Research, AHA. She is the Scientific Officer of the Cardiovascular committees at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC) and she is a member of the Microcirculation and Hypertension study section of the National Institute of Health, USA. Dr Touyz chairs the organization committee for establishment of the Vascular Medicine and Biology program, Dept of Medicine, Univ of Ottawa. She is Associate Editor of Clinical Science and the Journal of the American Society of Hypertension and she is on the editorial board of numerous specialty journals. She is the 2012 in-coming Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Science


Dr Touyz is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC), Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Kidney Foundation of Canada and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).  She has published over 260 original papers and more than 30 review articles. Her main focus of research relates to molecular, cellular and vascular mechanisms of hypertension. Her areas of study include clinical and experimental hypertension, hypertension in renal disease, signal transduction, oxidative stress, ion transport, vascular biology, adipose biology and insulin resistance and diabetes. Aa a clinician-scientist she has a particular interest in translational research.

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