The future of our initiatives will be sustained by the next generation of investigators, clinicians, and healthcare professionals. We formed the CANet HQP Association for Trainees (CHAT) to nurture new professionals in public and private research through the development of Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP).
CHAT provides its members valuable resources and opportunities to network with like-minded colleagues, and participate in events and competitions across Canada that help strengthen their research and career development.
To date, CHAT has conducted 187 courses and workshops, trained 5,214 HQP, and launched 135 new careers in the public and private sector workplace. There have also been 141 job promotions received for Allied Health Research Professionals.
Shaun Ranada is an MSc student in the Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sciences program at the University of Calgary under the supervision of Dr. Satish R Raj and Dr. Robert S Sheldon. Shaun completed a degree in Paramedicine (2015) and works as a Primary Care Paramedic. He also completed a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biological Sciences (2021) at the University of Calgary.
Shaun’s research interests encompass the pathophysiology, mechanisms and management of various autonomic disorders, including vasovagal syncope, initial orthostatic hypotension, and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS).
He is studying the effects of an increased amount of inspired carbon dioxide (hypercapnia) on the hemodynamic, ventilatory and cerebrovascular responses of POTS patients. The primary aim of this study is to determine if higher CO2 levels can effectively lower heart rate and reduce symptoms in POTS patients. The results of this study will ultimately improve the understanding of the effects of hypercapnia in patients with POTS and will provide robust evidence to support or reject the development of novel gas trapping devices for the management of POTS.
When asked about being a CHAT member, Shaun said, “Becoming a member of CHAT has allowed me to gain extensive knowledge and invaluable research skills that has been instrumental to my goal in advancing cardiovascular research. CANet has provided me with opportunities to converse with like-minded colleagues/experts, providing me with networking opportunities and by allowing me to take part in events/conferences and competitions that will strengthen my research and career development. The benefits of becoming a CHAT member have been considerable and I am very pleased with everything it has offered me. Being a member of CHAT has not only improved my skills and knowledge in the research areas I am interested in but overall improved who I am as a person, a student, and a researcher by providing me with various resources and opportunities of personal growth.”
Shaun is a proud recipient of the 2022 CHAT Poster Award, where he achieved 3rd place in the ‘Research’ category.
The CHAT Publication Award recognizes outstanding publications authored by a CANet Trainee through nomination from CANet Network Investigators. To view all CHAT Publication Award winners, click here.
PhD, Medical Scientist Student, University of Toronto
Effect of Time to Treatment With Antiarrhythmic Drugs on Return of Spontaneous Circulation in Shock- Refractory Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest
Methodologist II at Ottawa Heart Institute and Research Assistant at Queens University
Bystander-initiated cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator use after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: Uncovering disparities in care and survival across the urban–rural spectrum
To view a complete list of all CHAT members with additional search and sort capabilities, click here.
Interested in becoming a member of the CANet HQP Association for Trainees (CHAT)? Please download, review, complete, and submit the CANet Trainee Membership (MS Word) form below:
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