HRI - In a Heartbeat

Hi there,

Welcome to your first issue of In a Heartbeatfor 2015 (and the first I'm officially introducing!). I've only been on board at The Heart Research Institute for a short time, but I'm already working hard to achieve the goal of further developing our partnerships with Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, the University of Sydney and the Sydney Local Health District, to collectively become one of the pre-eminent centres for cardiovascular research in Australia.

In the meantime, this issue you'll read a little about our latest research, including a new study that sheds light on vascular complications in early pregnancy, the world first stent coating technology we're developing and our discovery of a protein called TRAIL that is critically important in the development of potentially fatal diseases caused by diabetes... and of course, there are our regular lifestyle and recipe articles.

I take this opportunity to thank you personally for your tireless support of our important cause.


Prof. Shaun Jackson

Professor Shaun Jackson MBBS PhD FRACP
Director of Cardiovascular Research

Guy Leech's Fitness Forum

Guy Leech's Fitness Forum:
Taking responsibility for your cardiovascular health

Cardiovascular health is so important and in this month's Fitness Forum, Guy Leech shares with us seven simple actions you can incorporate into your daily life, which will make it more likely that you'll live a life free of heart disease.


vascular complications in early pregnancy

New research sheds light on vascular complications in early pregnancy

'Pre-eclampsia', or high blood pressure during pregnancy affects around 3-5% of all pregnant women and can be life-threatening for both mother and unborn child. Our Vascular Immunology group is working to understand the causes and progression of pre-eclampsia.


A world first

A world first – the stent coating that fools the body into better acceptance

Coronary heart disease kills around 23,000 Australians each year and hospitalises a further 600,000. With the invaluable help and long-term commitment of our supporters, scientists at Sydney's Heart Research Institute are now developing a stent coating technology that uses a 'biomimicry approach' for better acceptance... more



Recipe: Mushroom, Thyme & Feta Tart

Flaky puff pastry is deliciously 'more-ish' and the flavour combination of mushies, thyme and feta is just so perfect. Serve it with a green salad, drizzled with white balsamic vinegar and you’ve got yourself a winner of a meal.


RAIL from diabetes to kidney disease

The TRAIL from diabetes to
kidney disease

A recent study by the Heart Research Institute has found that a protein called TRAIL is critically important in the development of potentially fatal diseases caused by diabetes. Further understanding may lead to new treatments for diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other chronic diseases too... more


Young Achievers 2014

Young Achievers 2014

At the 2014 annual Young Achievers Awards Night last September, a new round of young researchers was recognised by The HRI for excellence in research.


Hero of the Heart

Hero of the Heart

If you're looking for a fitness challenge in 2015, why not register for an event in your area and fundraise for The Heart Research Institute?


Dr Ben Reyner

Dr Ben Rayner awarded
International Young Achiever

The HRI's Dr Ben Rayner was awarded the Young Investigator Award at the meeting of The Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine (SFRBM) held in Seattle last November. This award goes only to the best presentations and was assessed by a panel of international judges.


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