You can help our research into preventing heart attacks and strokes by making a blood donation. Simply email BloodDonation@hri.org.au
or phone (02) 8627 4104 to organise your donation.
The Thrombosis Group is currently calling on blood donations to continue our vital research into the investigation of new anti-clotting approaches to prevent heart attack and stroke.
"We need a donor a day at the moment to do all the testing needed to advance this exciting research," says researcher Jessica Maclean.
"Each and every donor that comes forward has the opportunity to contribute to an important project that has the potential to change the way cardiovascular disease risk is managed."
Each year, 520,000 Australians are hospitalised due to cardiovascular disease. About 45,000 people die from it each year.
Sydney's Heart Research Institute and the Charles Perkins Centre are at work developing new therapies to protect Australians from blood clots that cause heart attack and stroke. Blood-thinning medications like Warfarin and aspirin are used by thousands of Australians to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke but these drugs can cause side effects, and patients on Warfarin need to be carefully monitored.
The team has discovered an enzyme with a very special ability to reduce build-up of blood clots that clog arteries while also sticking blood firmly to the site of blood vessel injury. In order to test this enzyme and develop new protective medications the research team needs donations of blood to work with.
The leader of the project, Professor Shaun Jackson, believes the new therapies in development will be more effective than current pharmacy drugs and a game changer for how the disease is managed.
"We're talking about a raft of exciting new medicines that represent one of the most promising new ways of treating disease." Professor Shaun Jackson.
Ms Maclean says regular donors are needed to be part of the project and form the basis of the donor database. "We would love as many donors as are willing!" she says. "We're even able to accept some donors who are not able to donate to the Red Cross Blood Bank service."
Blood donors must be aged 18 and 60 years, and not currently taking anti-clotting or anti-inflammatory medication including aspirin and ibuprofen. Donors give between 100 and 400ml of blood per donation, with collections held at the The Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney in Camperdown, between 8am and 10am. Donors receive $10 per donation as reimbursement for their travel or parking costs.
If you are interested in donating your blood, please email BloodDonation@hri.org.au or phone (02) 8627 4104.