Minister for Health and
Medical Research Brad Hazzard said
the first round of grants showed
the amazing talent and strengths of NSW’s research capability.
“The NSW Government has committed to turbo-charge
investment in cardiovascular disease research
to encourage our best minds to
find the breakthroughs needed for
patients and to build NSW as a centre
for research excellence,” Mr Hazzard
Under the first round, almost
$15 million has been awarded to 10 successful senior
scientists and 10 successful clinician scientists, to drive scientific
discoveries and develop innovative therapies for
The first round of cardiovascular disease research grants would help
newborns and adults who could be at risk of the deadly disease.
Recipients include Professor Richard Harvey from the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, whose research
project aims to understand the celluar, molecular and
genetic causes of hypoplastic left heart, a
condition where babies are born with a
small cardiac left ventricle, the
main pumping chamber of the heart.
Another successful recipient, Professor Gemma Figtree
from the University
of Sydney, will look at the increasing number of heart attack patients who are not
identified as “at risk”.
Through novel computational
bioinformatics she plans to identify new
mechanisms and biological markers of both coronary artery disease susceptibility and resilience.
“The research applications were of
high calibre and the field was highly
competitive. We are intent
on making NSW the premier state for
cardiovascular research in Australia,”
said Mr Hazzard.
The NSW Government is investing $150 million over the next ten years for
cardiovascular research in NSW.
Further information on all recipients’ and their research projects is
available at www.medicalresearch.nsw.gov.au/research-directory/.