"The hardest thing in my life was losing my mum. I was lost without her." "The hardest thing in my life was losing my mum. I was lost without her."

"The hardest thing in my life was losing my mum. I was lost without her."

Heart disease can strike anyone and has taken an unimaginable toll on Larissa's family.
Developing a cost-effective therapy to prevent heart attack and stroke. Developing a cost-effective therapy to prevent heart attack and stroke.

Developing a cost-effective therapy to prevent heart attack and stroke.

Dr Sanjay Patel awarded prestigious grant to pursue life-saving investigations.
“Science is our only hope to save the planet” “Science is our only hope to save the planet”

“Science is our only hope to save the planet”

Professor David Celermajer's keynote address challenges how we think about medical research.

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Prevention

90 per cent of Australians have one modifiable risk factor for heart disease. We're investing in a future free from cardiovascular disease. 

Detection

Cardiovascular disease affects 2 in 3 families and tears families apart. Early detection can mean the difference between life and death. 

Treatment

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in Australia, killing 125 people every day. Today's research is tomorrow's cure. 

Did you know?
Australian women are almost three times more likely to die from heart disease than breast cancer. 1
63% of Australians are overweight or obese. 2
Heart disease now affects 1 in every 6 Australians and 2 out of 3 families. 3

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Latest news from our research labs

Pedalling for a purpose: crew cycle 'across' Atlantic Ocean

An ambitious crew are attempting to cycle across the Atlantic Ocean to raise funds for the Heart Research Institute.The 12-person crew will take turns on a stationary bike in order to pedal their way from the Netherlands to the island of St. Maarten in the Dutch Caribbean, a total of 4,736 nautical miles (8,771 kilometres). 

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Scientists present at Joint Annual Scientific Meeting

Scientists from the Immunobiology, Thrombosis, Inflammation and Cardiovascular Medical Devices groups will represent the HRI at the Joint Annual Scientific Meeting kicking off in Hobart today. 
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HRI awarded prestigious Ramaciotti grant

Dr Sanjay Patel, Group Leader at the Heart Research Institute, has been awarded a highly prestigious Ramaciotti Grant to pursue his work developing a cost-effective therapy to prevent heart attack and stroke.

The five Ramaciotti Health Investment Grants of $150,000 are awarded to autonomous early career scientists to support health or medical research with a potential path to clinical application within five years.

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1 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2010. Women and heart disease: cardiovascular profile of women in Australia. Cardiovascular disease series no. 33. Cat. no. CVD 49. Canberra: AIHW. 
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare analysis of ABS 'Microdata: Australian Health Survey, Core Content—Risk Factors and Selected Health Conditions, 2011–12'. 
3 Heart Foundation Australia 2013. Data and Statistics.