Researchers at VCCRI secure substantial funding for heart disease

21 October 2014
Richard Harvey to lead new research project

A team of scientists at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute (VCCRI) have secured a major grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council to support their vital research into heart disease over the next five years.

Heart disease is a leading cause of death and disability worldwide, and claims the lives of more than 20,000 Australians each year.

The $10 million funding will enable work to find new evidence-based therapies for treating heart disease, and stimulating heart cell regeneration.

The interdisciplinary team will comprise both basic scientists and clinicians, and will be led by Professor Richard Harvey and includes Professor Bob Graham - both members of Stem Cells Australia’s Cardiac Regeneration and Repair program.

The team will focus on understanding genetic causes of inherited heart disease, as well as explore the role that stem cells and regenerative therapies could play in the heart following insult or injury.

The overall aim of the project is develop new approaches for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of heart disease.

Cardiovascular health remains one of the Australian Government’s nine National Health Priority Areas. In addition to the substantial funding provided to the VCCRI research program, the National Health and Medical Research Council have also recently announced an additional $82.4 million to support a wide range of research projects related to prevention of cardiovascular disease and improve care and rehabilitation following stroke.

Click here for more information on the research team at VCCRI.