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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 thanks the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec for their support of the Globalink research internship in this story. Across Canada, the Globalink program also receives support from Alberta Innovates, the Government of British Columbia, the Government of New Brunswick, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Government of Nova Scotia, the Government of Ontario, the Government of Prince Edward Island, the Government of Saskatchewan, and Research Manitoba.

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