We are committed to research that is translational in nature, which means that discoveries made in the lab are converted as quickly as possible into therapies that help people suffering from heart disease.
See a snapshot of the projects we are funding thanks to the support of our donors and fundraisers below.
Heart Disease Research
Investigating why some people present with ‘unexplained heart attacks’ known as myocardial infarction with non-obstructed coronary arteries (MINOCA) and examining possible mechanisms and treatments.
Establishing a cardiovascular biobank, which stores blood samples and other tissues long-term, to allow researchers to analyse and determine which biomarkers are responsible for particular heart disease.
Analysing the care patients with pacemakers receive when they present to a hospital emergency department to help improve future care and treatment decisions.
Identifying which patients are at risk of an emergency tear in the aorta during surgery, to then personalise their treatment and determine whether an invasive or non-invasive method is recommended to repair the damage.
Analysing over 14,000 angiogram procedures to discover that the procedure works best when the catheter tube is inserted into an arm artery rather than the traditional artery in the groin.
Offering a unique follow-up clinic for women at Lyell McEwin Hospital who had a complication during pregnancy, who are now at higher risk of developing premature heart disease before the age of 55.
Atrial Fibrillation Research
Undertaking a clinical trial of a drug which shows promise in preventing Atrial Fibrillation by addressing its three common risk factors: high blood pressure, excess weight and diabetes.
Investigating whether an aggressive approach to weight and lifestyle management can decrease Atrial Fibrillation (AD) symptoms and reduce hospitalisations.
Running a specialised and multi-disciplinary clinic at the Royal Adelaide Hospital that has an integrated care (i-CARE) approach for managing people’s Atrial Fibrillation, ensuring strong collaboration between specialists, nurses and allied professionals.
Undertaking overnight sleep studies and analysing other sleep data to determine whether the electrophysiological changes experienced by people with sleep apnoea contributes to Atrial Fibrillation (AF).
Investigating whether subclinical Atrial Fibrillation is associated with risks of dementia and whether the screening guidelines for Atrial Fibrillation need to be adapted.