SANSAR Newsletter – Summer 2022

We hope you are all doing well as we finally emerge from the pandemic. While things definitely ramped down at SANSAR over the past several years, we are pleased to update you regarding its activities.


SANSAR lent major support to the publication of a recent paper on the cardiac and neurological complications of COVID-19 infection in South Asians and Chinese in Ontario, led by Dr. Joseph Chu and colleagues, in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology Open - Please review the article to learn more. SANSAR has remained active on the research front. Dr. Calvin Ke and colleagues recently published an extensive review of the pathophysiology and management of diabetes in South Asians in Nature Reviews – Endocrinology and SANSAR was proud to support this worthwhile endeavour. The paper can be accessed at Most importantly, SANSAR is now continuing its collaboration with this group to further study rates of COVID-19 vaccination and related complications in the South Asian community. Please consider supporting this incredibly important research through a charitable donation to SANSAR. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised will go directly to this research project, and a charitable tax receipt will be provided.

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We are pleased to announce that this unique clinic, which has been operational for since 2008, has started up again following the pandemic. South Asians with cardiovascular risk factors can be referred by the family physicians for expert assessment, risk factor management, and comprehensive lifestyle counselling. Over 2000 South Asians have already benefitted from SANSAR’s clinic, and we look forward to expanding the clinic and its services in the coming months.


This award, generously supported by Burgundy Asset Management, recognizes promising young researchers in Canada who are studying any aspect of South Asian Health. This year’s prize of $10,000 will be awarded in the fall of 2022 and the call for applications is now open. We are delighted to have a peer-review panel consisting of world-renowned researchers acting as judges, including Dr. Tricia Tang from Vancouver, and Drs. Calvin Ke and Maria Chiu from Toronto. Dr. Ke is a prior winner of this award himself! More information is available by contacting [email protected].


SANSAR’s annual educational symposium for healthcare professionals, entitled “Cardiovascular Disease in South Asians: Partnering for a Healthier Future” returns this fall, and will feature internationally-recognized faculty, all of whom are generously donating their time to help educate our colleagues.


The SANSAR website is currently on hiatus while it undergoes a major overhaul. The new site will be an excellent resource for the general public and for healthcare professionals regarding optimizing cardiovascular health for South Asians. Stay tuned for more updates.


SANSAR is fully dependent on your generous donations to fulfil its mission of reducing the burden of cardiovascular disease in South Asians in Canada. Please donate whatever you can. We all realize the economy is suffering these days, and any amount you can spare, no matter how small or large, will be put to good use. Ultimately, SANSAR’s strength lies in the people who believe in its mission. Please consider joining SANSAR’s Board of Directors, or volunteering for specific activities. We promise you that your time with SANSAR will be incredibly rewarding. For more information, please email [email protected], or contact SANSAR’s Board Chair, Dr. Milan Gupta.

On behalf of the board of directors at SANSAR, we hope you enjoy the rest of the summer, and we look forward to your ongoing support.

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