Heart disease is the single biggest killer of Australians. The problem with existing treatments for heart disease is that they can't be targeted to specific parts of the body, like the heart muscle. As a result, these treatments can be a toxic assault on the body, often leaving patients with other long-term side effects.
Under current drug delivery methods, drugs cannot be targeted directly to the affected area - so other parts of the body are exposed, minimising the amount of medicine reaching the part of the body where it is needed most.
If we could deliver the drug directly to the diseased part of the body, we could more effectively treat the disease, minimise side effects and improve the quality of life for patients.
The Heart Research Institute has made a groundbreaking discovery – a new type of plasma nanoparticle that can deliver highly targeted treatment to a specific part of the body to fight heart disease.
In Dr Miguel Santos' words: "If you think of conventional therapies like chemotherapy as a blind cyclist trying to find his way, then our newly discovered plasma nanoparticle is like a truck. And not just any truck, but one with heavy haulage capabilities and powerful GPS tracking.
Our nanoparticles target only disease-affected cells and can be customised to the exact health needs of the individual.This kind of GPS-style precision means much smaller drug quantities are needed and the frequency of treatment is greatly reduced.
Our scientists have developed a blueprint of a custom-made plasma reactor to make this newly discovered type of nanoparticle - and we need to raise $80,000 to buy the vital parts to build this machine.
Not only could the plasma reactor revolutionise the treatment of heart disease through highly targeted nanomedicine, but it would also be a game-changer for the treatment of cancer, Alzheimer's, genetic diseases, and every other major disease of our lifetime. The potential applications of this groundbreaking nanotechnology are limitless.
We're running a crowdfunding campaign called Parts for Hearts to raise funds for this cutting-edge scientific program. For as little as $25, you can help build a world-first first plasma reactor to revolutionise the fight against heart disease.
Support our cause today, and be part of a scientific breakthrough that will help save lives - now and in the future.