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One heart attack every 10 minutes. One stroke every 9 minutes. This is the critical state of heart disease in Australia.

Our Thrombosis Group is conducting groundbreaking research to discover new ways to prevent heart attack and stroke, with the focus on blood clots.

While blood clots normally form to prevent excessive bleeding following an injury, the same processes are involved in the formation of harmful clots that may block blood vessels, causing heart attack or stroke.

The Group has already made several discoveries about blood clot formation, which may lead to new ways to prevent and treat heart attack and stroke.

But to continue this vital work, daily donations of blood are needed. 

How you can donate blood

Donors must be aged between 18 – 60 years, and not currently taking anti-clotting or anti-inflammatory medication, including aspirin and ibuprofen. We can accept some donors unable to give blood at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, eg, if you previously lived in the UK. Contact us to find out more.

Donors give 100 – 400ml of blood per donation, and will receive reimbursement for their travel.

Donations are collected Monday – Friday,  8 – 10am at The Charles Perkins Centre, Building D17, John Hopkins Drive (off Missenden Rd), The University of Sydney, Camperdown.

For more information, email BloodDonation@hri.org.au or call (02) 8627 4104 (9am – 5pm).

How blood donations have helped

Using approximately 300 blood donations from the public, our Thrombosis Group has made a breakthrough that could mean the difference between life and death for people with diabetes.

The Group has uncovered why common blood thinners used to protect millions worldwide from life-threatening blood clots don’t work as well for people with diabetes. The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, is the first to show the mechanism that triggers catastrophic clotting in these at-risk people.

People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop heart disease as those without. With 1.7 million Australians living with diabetes, and a new diagnosis occurring every 5 minutes, the situation is dire.

Excitingly, a drug in development at HRI, targeting an enzyme called Class I PI 3-kinase, has been found to target this new pathway of blood clotting, and appears to be effective in preventing disease-forming clots in people with diabetes.

And it couldn’t have been done without blood donations.

If you would like to donate your blood to help advance our fight against heart disease, email BloodDonation@hri.org.au or call (02) 8627 4104 (9am – 5pm) to organise your donation.
Read the media release about this potentially life-saving work: Blood clot breakthrough a saviour for diabetics
Watch the Channel 7 News interview with HRI scientists about this work:

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