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August 2014

Jesùs Carrillo Valdez brings his heart to Canada

Jesùs Carrillo Valdez brings his creative spirit and love of health research to Montréal. He hopes to one day use his creative, but disciplined, approach to research to tackle Canada’s biggest health challenges so he might save lives around the world.

He’s already got a head start on this goal through his work this summer with Professor Vincent Jacquemet at the Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur—part of the Université de Montréal—through  Mitacs Globalink Research Internships.

Originally from Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico, Jesùs is working with Professor Jacquemet’s team to develop 3-dimensional computer models of the human heart in order to simulate atrial fibrillations and arrhythmias. Atrial fibrillations and arrhythmias often go undetected but can lead to strokes and heart failure. The simulations that Jesùs is working on will help researchers to better understand electrical activity in the heart so that they may be able to develop drugs or treatments for this life-threatening condition.

Jesùs has found himself in love with Montréal and has already begun preparing his application for Master’s programs in the city. “The support for research is very high here, and the universities have good infrastructure for it. I picture myself coming back to Montréal to live here and to do my Master’s degree at least,” he says. 

Mitacs would like to thank Industry Canada, the Government of Alberta, the Government of British Columbia, the China Scholarship Council, le Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior of Brazil, the Ministry of Higher Education Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, the National Autonomous University of Mexico and Sorbonne Universités for their support of Globalink.