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SUBJECT: New scholarship from Heart and Stroke Foundation awarded to graduate student in medicine
DATE: June 30, 2011

The inaugural Keith Griffiths Memorial Heart and Stroke Foundation Graduate Scholarship was awarded June 30 to Shuo Li, a graduate student in the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University. The presentation was made on the last day of June, which is recognized as stroke month in Canada.
            The presentation was made by Steve Tessier, chair of the board of directors of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, with brothers Tony and Dave Griffith, sons of the late Keith Griffiths. The event was hosted by the Office of Research and Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Medicine.
            The new scholarship, valued at $1,000, was made possible through the generous contributions of members of the family of the late Keith Giffiths, in partnership with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador. Dr. Don McKay, assistant dean of graduate studies (medicine), thanked the members of the Griffiths family for their generous donation in setting up the scholarship in memory of their father, Keith Griffiths. Sons Tony and Dave Griffiths were at the ceremony to speak about their father.
            After suffering his first stroke in 1993, Keith Griffiths made a remarkable recovery with the help of family, physicians, nurses and rehabilitation specialists in St. John’s. He dedicated the next 14 years of his life to promoting greater awareness of stroke, supporting stroke survivors and encouraging healthier lifestyles.
            Ms. Li’s research is on vascular disease in China, including myocardial infarction and stroke. Although stroke has a genetic component, precise details of the genetic contribution remain to be determined. Ms. Li’s project is a genetic association study of ischemic stroke in the Chinese Han population, and her data supports the identification of a specific location of the genetic cause.
            Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine has strong graduate programs in cardiovascular and renal sciences, neurosciences and genetics.

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