McGill expert alert: Heart Month


As February is Heart Month, we suggest the following sources for your stories:

Cardiovascular Health

Dr. Renzo Cecere
Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Surgical Director of the Heart Failure and Heart Transplant Program, McGill University Health Centre (MUHC)
Expertise: Surgeon who recently implanted Canada's first successful mechanical heart

Dr. Nadia Giannetti
Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Cardiology Division, Medical Director of the Heart Failure and Heart Transplant Program, McGill University Health Centre (MUHC)
Expertise: Heart failure, heart transplants, defibrillators, cardiac resynchronization therapy, mechanical hearts

Please contact Dr. Cecere or Dr. Giannetti via Seeta Ramdas, MUHC Communications, 514-843-1560
seeta.ramdas [at] (Email)

Lifestyle/ Diet Choices

Laurette Dubé
Professor, Desautels Faculty of Management
Expertise: Internationally respected professor in consumer and lifestyle psychology; marketing, food and health specialist; and founding chair and scientific director of the McGill University Integrative Health Challenge Think Tank. Studies the role of comfort foods in alleviating negative emotions; which foods men choose, which ones women choose and why
laurette.dube [at] (Email)

Baerbel Agnes Knaeuper
Professor, Department of Psychology
Expertise: How individuals make food-related judgments, compensatory behaviour, the effectiveness of crash diets, cardiovascular psychophysiology
Recent study: "Efficacy of Self-Dieting Rules"
baerbel.knaeuper [at] (Email)

Louise Thibault
Professor, School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition
Expertise: Smart food choices, food choices to maintain healthy weight, good food choices for healthy hearts
louise.thibault [at] (Email)

Smoking Cessation

John Kayser
Nurse clinician and coordinator of the MUHC Smoking Cessation Program
Expertise: Methods to conquer nicotine addiction, as smoking causes coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States; smokers are 2–4 times more likely to develop coronary heart disease than nonsmokers.

Please contact via Seeta Ramdas, MUHC Communications, 514-843-1560
seeta.ramdas [at] (Email)

The other heart/Valentine's Day:

Relationship Studies/Romance

John Lydon
Professor, Department of Psychology
Expertise: Commitment and its relation to stress, well-being and the self
jlydon [at] (Email)

Brian Lewis
Chair, Department of History
Expertise: Sexual diversity studies; women's, gay, lesbian and queer studies
514 398-1084
brian.lewis [at] (Email)

The Chemistry of Love

Ariel Fenster
Professor, Department of Chemistry
Expertise: When people fall in love, they have the "right chemistry." Emotions are ruled by an array of chemicals such as phenylethylamine (found in chocolate!) or some brain chemicals such as dopamine or oxytocin.
ariel.fenster [at] (Email)

Contact Information

Cynthia Lee
McGill University Relations Office
cynthia.lee [at]
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