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The conceptual components of the SODIUM-HF study were developed by a number of researchers: Dr. Justin Ezekowitz (Principal Investigator), Dr. Sean Virani, Dr. Gary Newton, Dr. Paul Armstrong, Dr. Eloisa Colin Ramirez, Dr. Finlay McAlister, and Dr. Joanne Arcand.

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Justin Ezekowitz, MBBCh, MSc
- Principal Investigator
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Eloisa Colin-Ramirez, BSc, PhD,

- Head Dietitian

The SODIUM-HF team consists of 26 sites across Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and New Zealand. Study teams include dietitians, nurses, and physicians at the following hospitals or clinics:

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  1. Vancouver General Hospital
    (Vancouver, BC)

  2. Toronto General Hospital
    (Toronto, ON)

  3. Foothills Medical Centre/University of Calgary (Calgary, AB)

  4. St. Michael's Hospital
    (Toronto, ON)

  5. Dr. Shahin Jaffer, Inc.
    (Delta, BC)

  6. Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre (Halifax, NS)

  7. Curans Heart Centre
    (Thunder Bay, ON)

  8. Brampton Research Associates
    (Brampton, ON)

  9. St. Boniface Hospital
    (Winnipeg, MB)

  10. Southlake Regional Hospital
    (Newmarket, ON)

  11. St. Paul's Hospital
    (Vancouver, BC)

  12. Red Deer Regional Hospital
    (Red Deer, AB)

  13. University of Alberta Hospital / Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute
    (Edmonton, AB)

  14. Prairie Vascular Research Inc.
    (Regina, SK)

  15. Royal University Hospital
    (Saskatoon, SK)


  1. St. Vincent’s Hospital Sydney Limited
    (Sydney, AUS)

  2. The Prince Charles Hospital
    (Queensland, AUS)

  3. The Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital (Queensland, AUS) 


  1. Centro de Estudios Cardiológicos y de Medicina Interna Ltd.
    (Temuco, CL)

  2. Hospital Base Osorno
    (Osorna, CL)


  1. Clinica Cardio VID
    (Medellin, COL)


  1. Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social Coordinación de Investigación en Salud
    (Mexico DF, MX)


  1. Christchurch Heart Institute / University of Otago
    (Christchurch, NZ)

  2. Auckland UniServices Limited
    (Auckland, NZ)

  3. Middlemore Clinical Trials
    (Auckland, NZ)

SODIUM-HF Operations Team

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Melisa Spaling, MEd, CCRP
- Project Lead


The SODIUM-HF study is managed and coordinated by the Canadian VIGOUR Centre, an academic research organization (ARO) comprised of internationally-recognized thought leaders in cardiovascular medicine and clinical investigation.

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