Heart cells generated by 3D printer could help heart attack patients. Heart cells generated by 3D printer could help heart attack patients.

Heart cells generated by 3D printer could help heart attack patients.

A printer that builds beating hearts in a laboratory could soon be saving the lives of heart attack patients if Australian trial proves successful.
Kelly took 3 months off her PhD to deliver cardiovascular care to the Asia Pacific Kelly took 3 months off her PhD to deliver cardiovascular care to the Asia Pacific

Kelly took 3 months off her PhD to deliver cardiovascular care to the Asia Pacific

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“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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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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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.